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Kiwi storms up V8 field


Two field blitzs at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway have seen Ford Falcon driver Shane van Gisbergen muscle his way up to fourth place in the 2011 V8 Supercar series points standings

After storming his way from 16th spot on the grid to fourth at the line in the first race of the weekend on Saturday, the 21-year-old Kiwi flyer was once again the big mover in the field in each Sunday race.

In the first - which had to be re-started after a fiery start-line crash involving Karl Reindler and Steve Owen - he muscled his way from 20th on the grid to 10th at the chequered flag. Then in the second he made it from 18th (after being relegated two rows by officials for allegedly slowing another competitor on their flying lap in the morning qualifying session) to seventh.

“I tell you what, I’ve had enough of passing cars! Seriously though, our car was brilliant on tyres today and sadly poor qualifying results really hurt us. Our outright speed wasn’t great early on but after ten or 15 laps we could have taken on anyone. It was good to back up the win at Hamilton with some more positive results that have kept us in the Championship hunt,” says van Gisbergen.

The weekend's result was not just good for van Gisbergen either. As a result of it, and strong runs by teammates Tim Slade and Alex Davison, Stone Brothers Racing is now up to second place on the Team’s Championship points table.

After two wins from three starts at Perth 2009 V8 Supercar series champion Jamie Whincup continues to lead the 2011 series points standings from Team Vodafone teammate Craig Lowndes, Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander and SBR's van Gisbergen with Will Davison fifth and Rick Kelly sixth.

2011 V8 Supercar Driver’s Championship

1. Jamie Whincup 946
2. Craig Lowndes 804
3. Garth Tander 737
4. Shane Van Gisbergen (SP Tools Ford Falcon) 730
5. Will Davison 714
6. Rick Kelly 713
7. Jason Bright 674
8. Alex Davison 666
9. Mark Winterbottom 665
10. Steven Johnson 639

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