Winton action a plenty as Holden secures seven Commodores in the top-ten

In one of the most energetic starts of the season at Winton Raceway, this afternoon, which saw Shell V Power teammates take each other off the road and James Courtney arise the leader from the second row of the grid as they crossed the line after lap 1.

David Reynolds eventually moved the #22 of Courtney out of the way with some old school British touring car moves the next lap and was handed a 5-second penalty mid-race for the move, still finishing the lead Holden.

“First Winton podium, woohooooo. Under heaps of pressure there at the end having a good battle,” said Reynolds

“My car wasn’t too bad, I think the track was pretty ordinary then, I had heaps of understeer and it just didn’t feel good, but stoked,”

“Really happy with the Penrite Racing crew, another podium, good times.”

Courtney after the incident was able to regather and convert the positive qualifying position finishing the 120km race in fourth the best finish for the Walkinshaw Andretti United driver.

Red Bull Holden Racing teammates Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen were able to turn around average qualifying positions with Whincup pitting early and undercutting the field while van Gisbergen ran long, making a late pass on the #88 and finishing in 5th and 6th respectively.

“The car pace deserved a better result today, but we had a few errors here and there that knocked us down,” said Whincup.

“Thankfully the cars are faster than previous races and it’s what got us out of jail today. Fifth and sixth, we’ll take it and hopefully I can make a few less errors for tomorrow.”

“The team made some changes for the race which seemed good on both cars but were as a result of split strategies,” said van Gisbergen.

“In the end we both finished with the same results so that’s a little confusing. We will no doubt be looking at that and getting some answers in team debrief,”

“I did have some fun passing out there. Winton isn’t really a passing track normally, so it was good to move up a few positions and pass some of the other drivers in the race.”

Seven Commodores finished inside the top-ten in this afternoon’s race, with Nick Percat able to continue his lengthy string of top-ten finishes, moving up ten spots and securing a 7th place, with IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom 9th and Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Scott Pye 10th.

All the action of the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint kicks off tomorrow at 9:20 AM, with Practice 2 followed by the new and exciting three-part qualifying determining the grid for Race 12.