TEKNO has wrapped up its most successful season to date with an emphatic victory on the streets of Sydney Olympic Park, the win going to Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods’ Shane van Gisbergen, who put in a dominating drive to take the victory from Jason Bright and 2013 Series Champion Jamie Whincup.
The day started well again for the team, following the sensational double podium yesterday, with SVG taking the Armor All Pole Position for Race 36, the final hit-out of the season. Jonathon Webb was unhappy with 7th, hampered by a braking issue during the 20-minute qualifying session.
The 74-lap, 250km race started under blue skies, in warm but not hot conditions, with SVG getting a great start and leading the pack for the first stint of the race.
Unfortunately for Jonathon, he wasn’t so lucky, getting crunched by Garth Tander at turn one, on lap one, which broke his right front suspension. He was forced to limp back to the pits, and a fantastic effort by the team got him back out on track eight laps down in 28th position. After this, though, he showed incredible pace and ended up p23, despite the loss of so much time and track position early in the race.
SVG had a fantastic race, leading for much of the way, except during pit stops. After his last stop there was a safety car period, which meant he had to fight back to the front as other took advantage in the pits. He passed Jamie Whincup, David Reynolds and Jason Bright on track, before streaking away to a four-second lead and victory in the last race of the season to compliment the one he earned at the first round, the Clipsal 500 in March.
Because of these on-track successes, TEKNO has ended the season fourth in the Teams Championship, overtaking the Holden Racing Team. Shane finished fifth in the Driver’s Championship, and Jonathon 12th.
How they saw it:
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea #19 VF Commodore
Race 36 Finishing Position: 23rd
“Well, what a weekend! Not the way I wanted to finish it after yesterday, but it’s been a great weekend for the team. To have both Shane and I on the podium yesterday, and then for him to go one better and win the race today is fantastic and great for our awesome little team. Even better is the fact that we’ve jumped the Holden Racing Team in the Team’s Championship, which is an incredible result for us! The boys have worked really hard all year, and whilst we’ve had some down times, there’s been plenty to cheer about too. It was great to be back on the podium yesterday, and while it would have been nice to join SVG up there, it’s great to get a team win. We’re a strong team, and I’m very proud of everything these guys do to give us a fast car to go racing with. Thanks boys!”
Shane van Gisbergen
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods #97 VF Commodore
Race 36 Finishing Position: 1st
“It was an awesome day, there was plenty of action. Especially from around lap 15, with so many strategies going on. And then after the safety car, when these guys [Jason Bright and Jamie Whincup] pitted, we stayed out and we’re the ones that were losing on fuel, so I had to pull a gap. I came out of the pits right with Jamie there, and he got me out of turn one. The car was faultless for the whole race, I was able to pass people on a street circuit relatively comfortably today, which is always good and to come away with another win was a great way to finish the year. I think we have the car to go better next year, a few times this year I’ve made mistakes and there’s been a few strategy blunders, but overall we’ve had a fast car all round. I think next year, if we can get a few updates from Uncle Roland [Dane – Team Principal, Triple Eight] we might be able to challenge Jamie. I think I said on the radio on the last lap that this day last year was the worst day racing that I’ve ever had, and this year is the opposite. It’s been amazing, really. I copped a lot of shit at the start of the year, but I’m here racing, it’s what I love to do. I race drifting, SuperTourers, all that stuff that I’ve never previously been able to do. To go racing is the best thing ever, and this today – I didn’t actually count yesterday – is six weeks in a row since the Gold Coast, everything I’ve raced I’ve been on the podium. I’ve drifting again next weekend, and I’ll try to make it seven! Just loving getting in the car, whatever it is, pushing to the limits, and it’s been fun just driving the way I want to this year.”