Shane van Gisbergen in sensational form in first TRS race at Manfeild
February 17, 2007. Shane van Gisbergen showed why he is being tipped for motor racing greatness with a lights-to-flag win in the first Toyota Racing Series race at Manfeild today.
Earlier he had qualified on pole, and during the race lowered the TRS lap record.
The lanky Manukau City driver started from pole in the black Tatuus-Toyota, and outgunned A1 GP development teammate, reigning champion and current series leader Daniel Gaunt on the run to the first corner.
Van Gisbergen emerged from the first corner in the lead, but third-on-the-grid Andy Knight got past Gaunt.
They stayed that way the full 12-lap distance, van Gisbergen retaining his lead at a restart after Australian Barton Mawer slid off-track. He restarted and finished 15th and last.
Fellow Australian Leanne Tander was having a strong race when she slid off the track and beached her Tatuus with two laps to run.
Earlier she had had a minor lose going through the Esses, allowing Marc Doran get ahead briefly. She fought back and re-passed Doran with a superb pass on the outside in the hairpin.
Ben Harford finished fourth, after getting ahead of Christina Orr at the restart. The Edgecumbe teenager had run strongly in fourth during the opening laps.
She finished fifth, ahead of Nelson Hartley.
Van Gisbergen set a new TRS lap record of 64.913 seconds.
Photo caption: Shane Van Gisbergen won at Manfeild today. File photograph.