Incredible moment V8 Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen stands on the roof of his car while it’s still burning as he celebrates winning his third title
V8 Supercars championship winner Shane van Gisbergen has made the final year of the iconic Ford v Holden rivalry one to remember with a burnout to end the final race of the 2022 Adelaide 500 season.
But it wasn’t just any burnout – the Kiwi champion whipped his Holden ZB Commodore around the trophy on display on the track.
Then, to the delight of the crowd, the three-time champion took off his racing boot and used it to hold the throttle as he climbed out of the vehicle and onto the roof to celebrate.
“It wasn’t that planned – I like to wing it,” van Gisbergen said of the stunning display.
“We talked about what I was allowed to do and they told me to do it somewhere around the trophy.
“I was afraid to hit the thing, I left a lot of space.
“I got out and it was still smoking – it was awesome.”
While van Gisbergen won the championship, rising star Broc Feeney produced a memorable Supercars win to give Holden fans a happy farewell to the Red Lion at the Adelaide 500.
Drivers’ Champion van Gisbergen stands on top of his Commodore to celebrate after making a burnout around the V8 Supercars trophy
Feeney, who stepped into Jamie Whincup’s Red Bull Ampol seat this season after the Supercar immortal retired, saved his best drive of the year for last.
“I can’t believe it,” said an emotional Feeney.
“I felt the win was always so close and to get it in the last race, in front of all these Holden fans, means so much.
“In that race I was looking to show that hopefully next year I can be a contender.
“I had a mean car … it’s probably the best moment of my life.”
Chaz Mostert finished second to complete the Holden podium for the final time, with van Gisbergen confident he was able to claim third despite a pit-lane penalty following an incident following a safety car restart.
“Don’t be fooled – I’d make it a Holden one-two-three,” said van Gisbergen.
“When I got into third place, I was pumped.
Red Bull Ampol Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen celebrates the Drivers’ Championship with Holden teammates Chaz Mostert and Broc Feeney
“I’m quite confused and bewildered that they gave us a penalty so much later.
“I’m so happy that a Holden also won, and that Broc got his first win and that the team went out on top… ripper.
“So happy to be back here in Adelaide and see the stands full.”
Highlights of van Gisbergen’s 2022 include the Bathurst win and the Pukekohe win. With 21 wins in 34 races, van Gisbergen admitted his dominance has given him pause for thought.
“It feels amazing… I’m kind of letting it sink in after the Gold Coast,” he said.
“I wanted to come here and perform, but it hasn’t worked out.
“What a wonderful year we’ve had… I’ve tried to appreciate some of the moments this year.
Shane van Gisbergen driver of the #97 Red Bull Ampol Holden Commodore ZB and Broc Feeney driver of the #88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Holden Commodore ZB celebrate
“You realize along the way that it’s not going to be like this all the time.
‘[Pukekohe] was the best weekend I’ve had in racing… amazing how it all came together.
“Pukekohe was where he fell in love with Supercars and wanted to be a Supercar driver.
“To send it out like that was epic.”