In the opening race of the season, Red Bull Holden Racing Team has taken 2nd and 3rd on the podium, continuing their strong team performance from last year which saw them take the number one spot in the Team’s Championship.
After qualifying in second, Whincup was able to drive the #88 Commodore mistake free and get through the 250 km feature, that took place in whopping 40-degree heat on Saturday afternoon.
“The car was good, the team did a great job keeping us cool in there as well, so I don’t feel too bad at the moment,” Whincup said
“We’ll go back and do some homework, and hopefully come out stronger and better tomorrow.”
Vying to become the only Supercars driver to win 5 in a row here at the Adelaide 500, Shane van Gisbergen set out from the second row on the grid to battle the heat, bringing his Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodore home in third place.
“It was freaking hot and we weren’t exactly quick enough as we would have liked,” Shane said.
“It did feel quite good in the car. The team worked hard on cooling in the car and it was a lot better than I thought it would be.“
“My foot was hot and at one point it felt like my right boot was coming undone, but we decided not to change shoes during the pit stop. I was using my left foot to accelerate down the straights so I could give my right foot a break.”
2016 Adelaide 500 champion and local youngster, Nick percat had a great showing in front of his home crowd, finishing in 7th position up one spot from where he qualified earlier behind the wheel of his National Pharmacies, Brad Jones Racing Commodore.
“We had pretty good race pace, but we lost it a little bit at the start but wasn’t too bad,” commented Nick.
“The car was really good over the long run,”
“Played a little bit of cat and mouse with Reynolds towards the end, I came out (second pitstop) 6 or 7 laps before him so he caught me on tyres, my thing was better on the run so got away again, so 7th to start the year is pretty good.”
Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds struggled a little bit with his car’s setup but was still able to finish in 8th position and start the season off in a good position.
Mark Winterbottom had a successful outing in his first race for Holden and new team IRWIN Racing, unable to make the shootout but nothing was stopping him putting in a solid performance, finishing in 9th.
James Courtney continued his good form at the Adelaide Street Circuit, rounding out the top ten in his Mobil 1 Mega Fuels Racing Commodore, making that six Commodores inside the top ten for the opening race of the season.
Tomorrow’s second race of the Virgin Australia’s Supercars Championship will kick off at 15:20 local time, with conditions expecting to cool.