Grand Prix podiums advance Holden driver to second in Supercars Championship

A pair of podium results has seen Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup advance to second in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship standings after round two at the Australian Grand Prix.

Whincup’s second place from Saturday’s Race 5 and third in Sunday’s feature race was enough to have the Holden factory driver firmly up the top end of the drivers’ championship standings.

“Overall our weekend was good, to finish second, I think that’s better than what we were expecting coming into the weekend,” Whincup said.

“We took our opportunities where we could and took a few risks behind the scenes which paid off, so we couldn’t be happier with our own performance this weekend.

“We’ve got a bit of work to do and we’re going to work out where our weaknesses are and make sure that we improve our pace and that’s just going to be a win for everyone.

“The tighter the competition and the more battles that go on, it’s going to mean whoever wins this thing is going to feel they deserved it and everyone’s going to gain from that.”

The weekend’s result also saw Whincup notch up his 200th podium finish in the Supercars championship.

“We lined up 200 podiums today so I’m very proud of that,” Whincup added.

“You don’t chase the numbers but when they come it’s always nice.”

Freightliner Racing’s Tim Slade was happy to be back on the podium after he secured a third place result on Saturday behind the wheel of his ZB Commodore.

“I think the whole linear spring change has suited us [BJR] more than some others and everyone in the team has done a great job of getting that to work and the cars have been really speedy,” Slade said.

“This weekend, from Qualifying onwards, we’ve had some pretty good speed so it’s been quite pleasing.”

The firm weekend for Slade see’s the Holden driver sit fifth in the drivers’ standings after two rounds.

Other notable performances by Holden squads included IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom who picked up a sixth place finish in Sunday’s Race 6 after qualifying seventh on the grid.

David Reynolds had a solid weekend behind the wheel of his Penrite Racing Commodore with four top-10 finishes from the weekend’s four races, his best performance coming on Saturday with a fourth place finish in Race 5.

Both IRWIN Racing and Penrite Racing also celebrated milestones at the event with both teams starting their 200th race at the Australian Grand Prix.

The next race for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship takes crews to the Apple Isle for the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint on April 5-7.

2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship drivers’ standings

1 Scott McLaughlin – 500pts
2 Jamie Whincup (Holden) – 469pts
3 Chaz Mostert – 437pts
4 Will Davison – 413pts
5 Tim Slade (Holden) – 390pts
6 Fabian Coulthard – 370pts
7 David Reynolds (Holden) – 368pts
8 Nick Percat (Holden) – 255pts
9 Cameron Waters – 346pts
10 Mark Winterbottom (Holden) – 334pts

2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship drivers’ standings

1 Shell V-Power Racing Team – 870pts
2 Red Bull Holden Racing Team (Holden) – 764pts
3 Tickford Racing 2 – 759pts
4 Brad Jones Racing (Holden) – 745pts
5 Tickford Racing 1 – 704pts