04 Mar 2018
Van Gisbergen has done it again, but it wasn't as easy this time around. Here are the three defining moments from Sunday's decider.
- McLaughlin's puncture
He wasn't on the pace of the race leader, but Scott McLaughlin looked a cert for a podium finish on Sunday.
The Shell V-Power Falcon driver was looking solid right up until lap 25, when a puncture heading down the back straight deflated his car, and his chances of a strong finish.
Forced to concede to a three-stop strategy, the Kiwi did well to eventually finish inside the top 10 and bank valuable championship points.
2. Whincup's transmission failure
If Holden fans relished McLaughlin's demise, then Ford fans got their own back six laps later when the defending champion's transmission gave up.
It was the first time since Gold Coast 2013 and in 136 races that Whincup had suffered a mechanical failure. He was unable to return to finish the race.
- Dice to the end
If Van Gisbergen edging ahead of Garth Tander after pitstops wasn't enough to excite the race, then David Reynolds coming out in front of the Kiwi certainly did. The three Holdens diced right to the end, but it was the Giz with the goods as Reynolds stood upon the dais for the first time in Adelaide, and Tander for the tenth occasion.