Van Gisbergen snatches lead from fellow Kiwi McLaughlin despite finishing second at The Bend

The Bend has produced a twist to the Supercars championship race.

Holden's Shane van Gisbergen has snatched the series lead from Ford's Scott McLaughlin after pole-sitter Jamie Whincup won Sunday's 200km race at the maiden Supercars round at Tailem Bend, an hour's drive from Adelaide.

Seven-time series champion Whincup took out The Bend SuperSprint's 41-lap Sunday finale, more than 11 seconds ahead of van Gisbergen, with Holden's Dave Reynolds third.

But Whincup's teammate van Gisbergen was the big mover on the tough 18-turn 4.95km track, taking a 19-point series lead after leapfrogging McLaughlin, who finished a distant 10th on Sunday.

McLaughlin had a slim 41-point advantage before Sunday's race, which was watched by 17,100 fans, extending overall attendance to 41,250 for the debut three-day round.

Van Gisbergen had already whittled away the lead from fellow Kiwi McLaughlin, who started the round with an 89-point advantage, by winning Saturday's 120km race.

McLaughlin was sixth in the opening race.

The stage is now set for van Gisbergen to make even more gains, with Supercars moving into the high-stakes three enduro rounds, starting with the Sandown 500 next month.

Asked if he had dealt a psychological blow on McLaughlin in the title race, van Gisbergen said: "You'd have to ask him. I don't worry about that.

"For us it is just great to see progress for the team. We have momentum, we just have to make sure we don't lose focus."

Van Gisbergen has won four of the past six races on the Supercars calendar and has been on 10 of the past 11 podiums.

Defending series champion Whincup claimed his fourth win of the year - and 112th of his glittering career - to remain at third in the championship.

His last win was in Townsville in early July.

Whincup was never threatened in Sunday's race, only relinquishing the lead when he took a second pit stop after 23 laps and came out of the garage in second behind Ford's Mark Winterbottom.

But normal service resumed when Winterbottom pitted after lap 30.

The Bend wreaked havoc in practice and qualifying as drivers slid off arguably the calendar's most technical course but Sunday's race, remarkably, didn't feature a safety car.

Three drivers in the 28-strong field failed to finish Sunday's race.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 26: (L-R) 2nd place Shane Van Gisbergen driver of the #97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB, 1st place Jamie Whincup driver of the #1 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB and 3rd place David Reynolds driver of the #9 Erebus Penrite Racing Holden Commodore ZB celebrate on the podium after race 23 for the Supercars SuperSprint at The Bend Motorsport Park on August 26, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
Kiwi Shane Van Gisbergen (left) moved to top of the Supercars standings despite finishing second. Source: Getty



Melbourne man who murdered girlfriend's baby in 'brutal' attack jailed for 34 years

A Melbourne ice user who murdered his girlfriend's baby boy in a "ferocious, brutal and sickening attack" has been jailed for 34 years, it can now be revealed.

Dwayne Lindsey, 35, killed six-month-old Chayse Dearing at a home in Glenroy in June 2016 and was later found guilty by a jury of murder.

Lindsey was jailed in the Supreme Court in May to 34 years with a non-parole period of 27 years, but this could not be published until today, when a judge lifted a suppression order.

Dwayne Lindsey. Source: Victoria Police.

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NSW woman who killed new boyfriend with carving knife on suspicion he killed her cat jailed for 12 years

A NSW woman who suspected her new boyfriend had killed her cat has been jailed for at least 12 years for fatally stabbing him in the back with a large carving knife.

Rachel Impson, 42, was found guilty in April of murdering Michael "Mick" Insley one night in October 2014 on an isolated and dark island in the Lake Illawarra region, after he turned up outside her tent, uninvited and without notice.

In jailing her in the NSW Supreme Court today, Justice Michael Walton found there had been "a degree of provocation" by Mr Insley towards Impson, who was in a "heightened emotional state", not only due to the death of her cat Angel but also because of her mental health disorders.

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Student dies after suspected cardiac arrest in Gold Coast classroom

A Gold Coast high school student has died after suffering a "serious medical incident" in class.

Paramedics were called to Ormeau Woods State High School around 11.35 this morning, after the Year 10 boy collapsed and fell off his seat, 9NEWS reports.

A teacher performed CPR and the 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital in critical condition but could not be revived.

It's been reported the child was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived, AAP reports.

Acting principal Dan Finn wrote a statement on the school's Facebook page to parents and carers offering support to the school community.

"I know you and your children may be affected by this situation and will have many questions," Mr Finn wrote.

"Guidance or counselling services are being made available for anyone who may require support."

Students will be able to access counselling services at the school from tomorrow, Mr Finn said.

Afternoon tutorials at the schoool were cancelled as staff and students came to terms with the sudden death.

No further information could be immediately provided "out of respect for the family", he said.

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'I know a lot about dicks' - Australian politician's joke video rejected by Snapchat

Social media platform Snapchat may be known for lewd photo swapping but a risque joke by a Victorian politician has proved too much.

Reason Party Leader Fiona Patten launched a video ad, in which she talks about knowing a lot about "dicks" but although the audio was bleeped out and the subtitle changed to "D!@#S", it was rejected by Snapchat.

Ms Patten said the matter was "laughable" and the uncensored version had been approved for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and even the Victorian parliament.

The ad shows Patten walking towards the camera, saying: "I know a lot about dicks, but not for the reason you would think."

"It's because I deal with politicians acting like them every day."

 Despite being censored, Ms Patten said she was advised by Snapchat the ad would be rejected due to the "usage/allusion to the word 'dicks'".

"This is laughable, particularly given that Snapchat is renowned for nude pictures," Ms Patten said.

"I'm still waiting to hear from anyone that has been offended by it.

"One of the reasons I came to politics was because of a deep frustration with censorship. Ten years on, it looks like I am still fighting it."

The social media platform may be known for lewd photo swapping, but a risqué joke by Victorian politician Fiona Patten has proved too much.


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