A dominant Sunday performance from Shane van Gisbergen handed Red Bull Holden their maiden victory for 2019 and the first for the manufacturer this year.
After starting from pole position for Race 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Van Gisbergen walked away with maximum points clawing back seven positions in the championship hunt, leaving the apple isle fourth in the standings.
“Oh man it was good to get one back, what an awesome race,“ said van Gisbergen.
“A huge step forward with our car, thanks to the Red Bull Holden Racing Team,”
“It’s been a mega weekend, and happy to bounce back from our shocker last time.”
Rounding out the podium from today’s 200km feature, was Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds collecting the first podium for the team this year and valuable points for the Holden driver.
“That’s a big relief, “ said Reynolds.
“The first podium for us (Penrite Racing) this year and hopefully there is more to come’”
“Amazing battle out there with Fabs (Fabian Coulthard), but I wish I came second. But he got it done,“
“Awesome job by the team, mega in the pit stops and Penrite Racing gave me a quick car, so I’m happy as!”
Red Bull Holden Racing teammate Jamie Whincup did a tradesman like job on staying in the championship fight, moving up eight spots throughout the rain scattered afternoon to finish inside the top-five, after starting the race in thirteenth.
The impressive drive sees Whincup move up to third in the drivers’ championship after three rounds.
“It was nice to crawl back from a bad qualifying position to finish the weekend in fifth place,” said Whincup
“The great news is Shane got the first Holden win for the season and that’s a fantastic result for the team.”
Mark Winterbottom continued his incredible start to the season with the new IRWIN Racing outfit, finishing fourth behind the wheel of his ZB Commodore, an outstanding return to the pointy end of the field after securing the team’s first ARMOR All Pole on Saturday for Race 7.
“I’m lucky enough to have a few poles in this category but that is the coolest by a long way,” said Winterbottom.
“We are a small team, one garage and all that sort of stuff, but that is the proudest moment I’ve had in a race car for a very long time.”
One of the biggest movers and shakers of the day goes to Nick Percat who was up nine positions from where he started on the grid, taking out seventh and securing another top-ten result this year for the Dunlop Racing driver.
“It was pretty cool, I passed I think about ten cars today, all at the hairpin,” said Percat,”
“The car was mega, had mega tyre deg, it was a pleasure to drive, so nice day at Tasmania.”
Mobil 1 MEGA Racing’s Scott Pye come home in eighth position in race 8, another top ten this weekend for the Walkinshaw Andretti United crew.
Round four of the season heads back to Victoria next weekend and the iconic Phillip Island Circuit for the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint.
2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship drivers’ standings
1 Scott McLaughlin – 770pts
2 Fabian Coulthard – 646pts
3 Jamie Whincup (Holden) – 610pts
4 Shane van Gisbergen (Holden) – 604pts
5 David Reynolds (Holden) – 599pts
6 Chaz Mostert – 593pts
7 Mark Winterbottom (Holden) – 556pts
8 Tim Slade (Holden) – 555pts
9 Nick Percat (Holden) – 541pts
10 Will Davison – 524pts
2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship team’ standings
1 Shell V-Power Racing Team – 1416pts
2 Red Bull Holden Racing Team (Holden) – 1184pts
3 Brad Jones Racing (Holden) – 1096pts
4 Bottle-O, Supercheap Auto Racing – 1010pts
5 Tickford Racing 1 – 984pts