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Engine woes sideline van Gisbergen


Teenaged V8 Supercar ace Shane Van Gisbergen was on the charge when an ignition problem sidelined him at Oran Park, Sydney, yesterday.

Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen was making good progress through the field in yesterday’s first Australian V8 Supercar race at Oran Park, Sydney, when he suddenly lost engine power in the SBR Ford Falcon.

He radioed the pits and was told to come in straight away. Mechanics discovered the SP Tools Racing Falcon had an ignition problem and van Gisbergen’s race was over.

Van Gisbergen, who had qualified 15th after struggling with what turned out to be a dud set of tyres, had started well and was moving steadily forward.

“We made a pretty good start to the race and (were) moving forward,” he said. “We had a good plan for the race but I came out of a corner and put my foot down and there was nothing, no power. We pulled into the pits and that was it for us.”

Van Gisbergen’s Stone Brothers Racing teammate, James Courtney, finished fifth in the Jeld-Wen Motorsport Falcon.

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