POINTS STANDINGS: BATTLE FOR $25,000 SYDNEY CUP TIGHTENS

The field in pit lane on Sunday night. Pic: Supplied

SHANE van Gisbergen’s Sunday night shocker has tightened the battle for the $25,000 Beaurepaires Sydney Cup.

The one-off award will go to the highest points scorer across the four consecutive Sydney Motorsport Park events, of which the second was completed over the weekend.

Van Gisbergen leads Dick Johnson Racing’s Will Davison by 28 points after the Red Bull Ampol Racing driver recorded a win, a second and a 23rd from the most recent trio of races.

The 23rd place came in a dramatic wet night race during which van Gisbergen speared off and spun at Turn 1 at the resumption from an early Safety Car restart.

Whincup leads the field through the spray. Pic: Supplied

Van Gisbergen then received a drive-through penalty for overtaking Anton De Pasquale on that restart, which was subsequently rescinded when data showed the Ford driver had eased off the throttle.

The Kiwi’s hopes of a fightback though were dashed when he subsequently received a drive-through penalty for a bungled pit stop.

Davison had trailed van Gisbergen by 42 points in the Sydney Cup standings after the first event and chalked up a third, a fourth and a seventh across the weekend’s respective races.

The Saturday night podium came despite Davison being shoved wide by van Gisbergen at Turn 1, much to the Ford driver’s frustration.

Whincup, De Pasquale and Chaz Mostert shared Sunday night’s podium. Pic: Supplied

De Pasquale meanwhile leapt from seventh to third in the Sydney Cup standings with a 12th (from the rear of the grid after a gearbox issue in qualifying), a first and a second.

He won two races the previous weekend but was disqualified from the other due to a tyre mix-up within the DJR garage.

The consistent Nick Percat and the winner of Sunday night’s red-flagged race, Jamie Whincup, complete the current Sydney Cup top five.

Like that of his Red Bull teammate, Whincup’s weekend also included a disastrous race; finishing 25th in Sunday afternoon’s encounter after tyre damage forced a second pit stop.

The Sydney Cup continues with another three races this weekend; one on Saturday and two on Sunday.

Sydney Cup standings after two of four rounds

PosDriverTeamCarPoints
1Shane van GisbergenTriple EightHolden488
2Will DavisonDJRFord460
3Anton De PasqualeDJRFord443
4Nick PercatBJRHolden430
5Jamie WhincupTriple EightHolden427
6Will BrownErebusHolden403
7Chaz MostertWAUHolden389
8Tim SladeBRTFord366
9Cameron WatersTickfordFord320
10Jack Le BrocqTickfordFord274
11Scott PyeTeam 18Holden271
12Todd HazelwoodBJRHolden266
13Brodie KosteckiErebusHolden265
14Mark WinterbottomTeam 18Holden260
15Andre HeimgartnerKGRFord260
16Macauley JonesBJRHolden236
17James CourtneyTickfordFord232
18Bryce FullwoodWAUHolden230
19Garry JacobsonTeam SYDNEYHolden190
20Jack SmithBJRHolden184
21Fabian CoulthardTeam SYDNEYHolden182
22Zane GoddardMSRHolden176
23David ReynoldsKGRFord158
24Jake KosteckiMSRHolden154
25Luke YouldenKGRFord106
26Thomas RandleTickfordFord104
27Kurt KosteckiWAUHolden80
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