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Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup claimed the race wins at Pukekohe Park on Sunday but series leader Shane van Gisbergen wore the biggest smile, emerging from the weekend with an iron grasp on his first Supercars title. Andrew Wiggins Timberwolves Jersey .The Aucklander lapped up the home crowd affection in claiming the Jason Richards Trophy for best points haul from the New Zealand meet, roaring to a 191-point championship lead with just two races at Homebush to come next month.The 27-year-old said he fought back tears when he realised hed won the weekend prize, named after his late countryman.Its a pretty special thing to win this trophy. No Kiwis done it, he said.Everyone was his friend, he was such a nice guy ... to get it in front of the home crowd was pretty awesome.Van Gisbergen needs only to finish 16th in each Sydney race - or fifth in either - to claim the crown, the first for a Kiwi since Jim Richards in a Nissan in 1991.There was a moment in Auckland when the title race hung in the balance.Desperately seeking any improvement in his championship deficit, Whincup dive-bombed his teammate around the turn eight hairpin, t-boning van Gisbergen.Both Red Bulls spun out of control.Van Gisbergen re-emerged in eighth, steadily climbing through the pack to finish third.Whincup redressed behind his teammate and was served a drive-through penalty, finishing 25th and ceding another huge chunk of points to his sole title rival.If the racing was explosive, the meeting of the teammates in pit lane afterwards was anything but.Whincups apology for his misstep was meek and van Gisbergen quickly accepted it along with the huge advantage in the title race he gained.Team boss Roland Dane told Fox Sports he wasnt surprised to see Whincup resort to the most desperate of measures, given the six-time champion was guaranteed second place in the overall standings.It was going to happen at some point ... Jamie probably felt he had nothing to lose, he said.The six-time title winner said he wouldnt lose hope of a seventh championship until the fat lady sings.Absolutely its going to be hard work, he said, but I never give up. Ill keep my head down until the last race.Van Gisbergen is also refusing to count his chickens.The gap is quite big but weve still got to go there and get a good result, he said.In all, the dominant Red Bulls claimed three one-two results - with Whincup claiming two victories - for the weekend.Winterbottom won Sundays first race after powering from the second row of the grid past van Gisbergen and Scott Pye.I might be old but I do alright off the line, the reigning champion said.Pye went on to finish second, DJR Team Penskes best result in the series in two years.Scott McLaughlin claimed third in race two.The Volvo mans duel with Craig Lowndes for third place in the overall standings will be one of the hottest contests at Homebush.McLaughlin arrived 76 points in arrears to the 42-year-old but cut the deficit to 21 after besting him in three of the four New Zealand races. Robert Covington Jersey . After a replay, the winner will meet Sunderland in the quarterfinals. Sagbo did well to control Sone Alukos right cross and fire past Brighton goalkeeper Peter Brezovan. Aluko was making his first start in four months after recovering from an Achilles injury. Luol Deng Timberwolves Jersey . Team physician Dr. Steve Traina performed the surgery Friday. Robinson was injured in a spill underneath the Nuggets basket during the first quarter of Wednesday nights loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. http:///...timberwolves-jersey/ . -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration.Sky Sports F1s Martin Brundle believes three things can stop Lewis Hamilton completing a hat-trick of F1 titles in 2016 - with Lewis himself one of the potential obstacles blocking his path to a fourth world championship. Hamilton, who also won the drivers title in 2008 and 2014, has admitted he switched off from F1 after winning last years championship with three races to spare and was beaten by Silver Arrows team-mate Nico Rosberg in the 2015 finales in Mexico, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.Hamiltons hectic off-track schedule also continues to divide opinion in the paddock with the world champion flying to Los Angeles to attend a charity Oscars party during the four days between pre-season testing at Barcelona. Hamilton flew to Los Angeles after testing ended in Barcelona on Thursday and then flew back for Tuesdays resumption - Picture courtesy of Lewis Hamiltons Instagram account A fourth title is possible but three things might stop him, Brundle told Sky Sports News HQ. Himself, if he doesnt stay focused as he lost focus at the end of last season - but only once he got the championship in the bag, to be fair.Nico Rosberg really came on strong and I think he must be mentally clearer that he can take the fight to Hamilton all season long, and then there is Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari.We know how fast Lewis can be, he knows how to win a world championship and he knows how to win loads of races, so they are the three aspects that are there to stop Lewis Hamilton taking yet another title. Every race live in 2016 Sky Sports F1 brings you every race live in 2016. Fast and easy online upgrade - click here Only Rosberg completed more laps than Hamilton so far this winter and while the Englishmans lifestyle may seem an unconventional approach to an F1 career, Hamilton remains adamant that it will not change.I try to find a balance in my life, the 31-year-old told the official F1 website last week. Sure you need to be recharged and have full batteries for the season, and yes, the lifestyle that I live is definitely diifferent to the other drivers. Gorgui Dieng Jersey. But who says that it has to be the way they are doing things?My style works perfectly for me. It is all about enjoying every moment.Despite refusing to chase any headline lap times, Mercedes dominated the first test at Barcelona with the seemingly bullet-proof W07 running the equivalent of 10 Spanish GPs in just four days.The pace and the reliability of the Mercedes in that first test was so impressive. I have never seen anything like it, enthused Brundle. Sky Sports F1s Martin Brundle says he is confused by proposed changes to qualifying But the Sky F1 pundit is expecting the W07 to be given some stiff opposition when the new season starts on March 20 in Melbourne.Will Ferrari be able to take it to Mercedes, all afternoon long, all season long? Thats a tough call but I think they will be closer, added Brundle. Follow the test live Keep up to date with the final test with our live blog The first race of the 2016 F1 season, the Australian GP, is exclusively live on Sky Sports F1. The race in Melbourne starts at 5am on Sunday March 20. Also See: Formula 1 gossip column Watch: Updates from Barcelona ' ' ' 
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