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Van Gisbergen’s pointed remark after Sydney night race

“THESE things you come to expect in 2023.”

That was Shane van Gisbergen’s succinct assessment after being stripped of a Race 1 podium at the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight courtesy of a time penalty.

Van Gisbergen had five seconds added to his race time for a driving infringement relating to a last-lap exchange with Will Brown at Turn 8.

The three-time champion got ahead to be in line for a third-place result, only for the notification of his penalty to come through, relegating him to seventh.

It was a Saturday struggle for Broc Feeney. Pic: Supplied

It’s no secret that van Gisbergen has been frustrated with Supercars for some time, with this only adding fuel to the fire which has him set to depart for NASCAR.

“I have to thank our guys again for all the work they have done,” said the Kiwi, who appeared happier with his car’s handling after a pre-event chassis swap.

“We changed cars during events, and they’ve done so much prep work to make it faster – they have been working their arses off.

“Obviously the car is fast which is promising, but unfortunately we faced issues out of our control. These things you come to expect in 2023.”

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Even after the penalty, van Gisbergen was the lead Triple Eight driver as Broc Feeney endured a circumspect run to 11th.

“I feel a bit embarrassed with today’s performance,” Feeney conceded.

“We’ve been behind the eight-ball from the outset and have been struggling all day.

“We obviously missed Practice 2 and our qualifying was also no good. We really struggled in the race as well.

“We were okay in the second stint, but we have a lot to work through tonight.

“Missing P2 (Practice 2 due to a starter motor issue) really put us on the back foot at the start of the day, and we have a lot to review tonight.

“Shane is obviously fast which we can work off, but from my side, I’m pretty disappointed in myself.”

With Brodie Kostecki winning and Will Brown inheriting third, Feeney has dropped to 97 points off the championship lead, with van Gisbergen a further 17 back.

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