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Van Gisbergen to keep up Supercars fight

A disastrous Sandown showing has all but ended Shane Van Gisbergen's slim Supercars championship title hopes but he isn't giving up.

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team star's first-lap crash in Saturday's 60km sprint race resulted in a costly DNF which left him with no points and extended Scott McLaughlin's championship lead to 500 points.

Van Gisbergen's tangle with Penrite Racing's Anton De Pasquale means even if he hauls himself from the back of the grid to win Sunday's Sandown 500, it may not be enough to keep the title race alive.

Ford star McLaughlin's lead is so big that even if he finishes dead last in 25th he'll claim the 50 points he need to secure the championship.