Saturday at the Watpac Townsville 400 was a positive one for the Holden Motorsport tribe with Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup picking up second place in the 200km feature race, while David Reynolds took out Pole earlier in the day behind the wheel of his Penrite Racing Holden.
Whincup started the race sixth on the grid but a display of near perfect driving coupled with a fantastic race strategy by the Red Bull Holden squad saw the 7-time champion stand on the second spot of the rostrum.
“I am really proud of the crew today,” said Whincup. “They were really aggressive on the strategy and we came in early and put the pressure on the #17 guys and it was a great strategy.
“We’ve been really aggressive with setup to try and catch these guys and we made a bit of a step sideways today, which I’m happy with but hopefully we can find some gold in the pond we’re fishing in at the moment.”
His team mate Shane van Gisbergen started fifth on the grid and running a reverse strategy from Whincup, was able to pick off plenty of places in the back end of the race, on fresher tyres, to eventually come home in fourth after an awesome last-lap pass on Fabian Coulthard.
A pitstop drama for Reynolds with a faulty wheel nut saw the Penrite driver slip down the order in the mid-part of the race and he would eventually finish sixth after a spirited fightback.
Brad Jones Racing driver Nick Percat put in a great drive to claim eighth spot while Mark Winterbottom also drove superbly to finish ninth behind the wheel of his IRWIN Racing Commodore.
Earlier in the day, Reynold’s Armor All Pole Position was a big talking point in the paddock and a huge coup for the Holden driver.
“I’m so happy, I’m so proud of everyone,” said Reynolds.
“The funny thing is, I had no radio that last lap, so I had no idea.
“I saw that, I was like it was a pretty good time across the line, that’s alright, I had no idea, and then I got halfway around and saw ‘pole position: Dave Reynolds’.
“That’s so cool, I’m so happy, that’s amazing.
“I’m just really proud of the boys because in Practice 3 I hit the fence and made them work a bit harder. Repaying them back.”
Tomorrow will see the inclusion of the always entertaining Top-10 Shootout followed by the second 200km feature race at 3.10pm local time.
Results: Race 17, Watpac Townsville 400
|1||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||70||1:28:55.7924|
|2||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:29:00.4949|
|3||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||70||1:29:03.1495|
|4||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:29:05.8452|
|5||333||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||70||1:29:06.4901|
|6||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:29:13.3285|
|7||23||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||70||1:29:19.9320|
|8||8||Elite Roads Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:29:23.2831|
|9||18||Irwin Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:29:38.6904|
|10||5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||70||1:29:39.4309|
|11||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:29:44.1757|
|12||7||Plus Fitness Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||70||1:29:47.6467|
|13||22||Mobil 1 MEGA Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:29:49.0412|
|14||35||Unit Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:29:57.9232|
|15||34||Boost Mobile Racing||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:29:58.6731|
|16||14||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:29:59.9910|
|17||100||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||70||1:30:00.5587|
|18||21||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||70||1:30:04.1019|
|19||78||Team Harvey Norman||Simona De Silvestro||Nissan Altima||69||1:28:57.7037|
|20||2||Mobil 1 MEGA Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||69||1:29:02.1256|
|21||6||Monster Energy Racing Team||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||69||1:29:03.6492|
|22||33||Boost Mobile Racing||Michael Caruso||Holden Commodore ZB||69||1:29:07.6668|
|23||19||Truck Assist TEKNO Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||69||1:29:11.5946|
|24||3||RABBLE.club Racing||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||69||1:29:16.8294|
|6||Shane van Gisbergen||1519|
|13||Anton De Pasquale||1080|
|20||Simona De Silvestro||760|
|23||Jack Le Brocq||604|