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Van Gisbergen reflects on ‘deflating’ Adelaide crash

SHANE van Gisbergen will not head to NASCAR a four-time Supercars champion, but he was quick to convey his congratulations to his victorious opponents.

Van Gisbergen was immediately taken out of contention in the Saturday race at the Adelaide decider, having smashed unsighted into the stricken Erebus Motorsport Camaro of Will Brown on the opening lap.

Both were out on the spot, and SVG’s title bid was over so long as Brodie Kostecki made it to the end of the race.

Now, just one race remains in van Gisbergen’s full-time Supercars career before he switches to NASCAR.

A send-off win, and an outside chance of Triple Eight taking a come-from-behind teams’ title, remain motivating factors.

“Firstly, congratulations to Brodie and the entire Erebus team for their championship win,” said van Gisbergen.

“It’s pretty deflating the way today’s race ended, but that’s the way these things happen sometimes.

The crash between Shane van Gisbergen and Will Brown. Pic: Supplied

“The car isn’t looking too bad and I have full confidence that the crew can get it back to 100 percent tomorrow – it would be nice to finish off the year with a good result.

“Broc (Feeney) did a fantastic job and managed to close the gap in the teams’ championship, so that’s our full focus tomorrow.”

Feeney ultimately ran down Kostecki to finish fifth, reducing Erebus’ advantage from 170 to 161 – albeit now with no more than 288 teams’ points in play.

“It was a real shame to see Shane’s race and his championship fight come to a close very quickly at the start,” said Feeney.

“We moved forward from the start and got stuck in a battle with (Will) Davison for the first half of the race which I think cost us quite a bit of time.

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“In the last stint in clean air, I think we were really fast. We were really strong towards the end of the stints and I was just having heaps of fun out there and was enjoying the battles with both Brodie and Chaz (Mostert).

“The car was fast and we beat the guys we’re battling at the moment, and I think if we can qualify up the front tomorrow we can certainly take it to the other cars.

“We obviously still have the teams’ championship to battle for tomorrow. We’re still a long way behind but it was good to get those extra points on Brodie and make it a little bit closer.

“I’m just going to go out tomorrow and try and replicate last year.”

Sunday Supercars action begins with qualifying at 10:15am local time (10:45am AEDT).

The #97 Red Bull Ampol Camaro. Pic: Supplied

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