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Sticking throttle slows Shane’s charge


Kiwi rising star, Shane van Gisbergen, is sixth equal on points in the 2009 Australian V8 Supercar series, despite a frustrating second race in the Clipsal 500 at Adelaide yesterday

He made a slow start to the race, dropping from 12th to 15th before an early safety car period gave him the chance to get back with the programme.

He fought his way into the top 10, but after two more re-starts, he was slowed when the throttle began sticking.

“I stuffed up the start and let a few guys through but we went on a bit of a charge,” he said. “The car was awesome. We were on the case and passed a lot of cars and at the end of our first stint we were looking good.

“We managed to keep the pace then later in the second stint the butterfly had bent so it was carrying throttle into the corners. I couldn’t pull it up and it wouldn’t turn. I had to clutch it every corner which cost us a lot of time.”

Van Gisbergen finished 13th; he was sixth in Saturday’s 78-lapper.

Team boss, Ross Stone, said it was “a tough race and a tough place (on Sunday). To have two 250km races to start off the season is always hard but I think we can take some positives out of it. We have really good car speed and great chemistry within the team. We’ll move forward from here.”


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