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Kiwis second at Gold Coast V8s


Video: Kiwis Shane van Gisbergen and John McIntrye grabbed second place in race two of the Gold Coast 600 on the weekend

Holden driver Jamie Whincup held off a close challenge from 21-year-old New Zealander Shane Van Gisbergen to claim victory in front of his hometown fans at the 300km Surfers Paradise race.

Ford's Van Gisbergen, chasing his first V8 Supercar victory, was nost-to-nose with Whincup on the final stretch, even inching in front at one point.

Van Gisbergen, who had picked up seven third-place finishes in 2010 - including in Saturday's 300km race, said he was just delighted to move a step higher on the podium.

"It was a great fight and pretty happy to take second," the Stone Brothers Racing driver said.

"Would've been happy with third as well but second's so much better."

Series leader James Courtney was denied victory in Saturday's race due to a late drive-through penalty, eventually coming fourth behind pole-sitter Mark Winterbottom. The margin between he and Whincup is now just 71 points with three rounds remaining.

The next event in the V8 Supercar calendar is the Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway from November 12 to 14.

Watch the exciting closing laps below..

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