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The 14-year first seen at Gold Coast

THE Sunday leg of the Gold Coast 500 produced a result not seen in Supercars since its last ever visit to Oran Park in 2008.

For the first time in 14 years, 10 different teams were represented in the top 10 of a Supercars Championship race.

It had been a wild start to proceedings, with 11 cars caught up in a Lap 4 incident at the beach chicane.

That mixed up the midfield, as did a late clash between Team 18’s Scott Pye and Erebus Motorsport’s Will Brown which saw both drop out of the top 10.

That – and Erebus’ subsequent inability to appeal the 15-second penalty levelled against Brown – secured the 10 out of 10 result.

Triple Eight Race Engineering, Walkinshaw Andretti United and the Shell V-Power Racing Team were represented on the Sunday podium courtesy of Shane van Gisbergen, Chaz Mostert and Will Davison respectively.

Fourth went to Grove Racing’s David Reynolds, fifth was Brodie Kostecki of Erebus and sixth Mark Winterbottom of Team 18.

Rounding out the 10 was Cameron Waters (Tickford Racing), Andre Heimgartner (Brad Jones Racing), Chris Pither (PremiAir Racing) and Tim Slade (Blanchard Racing Team).

In fact, the only team to miss out was Matt Stone Racing, whose sole finisher was Jack Le Brocq in 16th.

As for the previous occasion where this scenario unfolded, Garth Tander won a 46-lap Oran Park race on the final day of the 2008 season.

Garth Tander runs ahead of Jamie Whincup and Russell Ingall at the 2008 Oran Park round. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley

Tander, then in Holden Racing Team colours, hung on by half a second from Russell Ingall (Paul Morris Motorsport) and Steven Richards (Ford Performance Racing).

The following seven places ran: Rick Kelly (HSV Dealer Team), Craig Lowndes (Triple Eight Race Engineering), James Courtney (Stone Brothers Racing), Jason Bright (Britek Motorsport), Todd Kelly (Perkins Engineering), Steven Johnson (Dick Johnson Racing) and Fabian Coulthard (Paul Cruickshank Racing).

The different team representation that day actually stretched to the top 11, completed by Michael Caruso of Garry Rogers Motorsport, before 12th provided the first double-up in the form of FPR’s Winterbottom.

Pole-sitter Jamie Whincup (Triple Eight) meanwhile failed to finish due to a driveline failure.

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