Whincup wins opening race at Ipswich SuperSprint

Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Jamie Whincup has notched up his first win for the season at Queensland Raceway, Round 9 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

It was a genuine car pace win for Whincup who took the lead on the second corner of the race after starting from second on the grid.

It’s a welcomed win for Whincup who’s race wins at the Ipswich circuit now tally 5 victories, equal second on the all-time list.

“I’ve been reminded a bit lately that I haven’t had a win for a while so it’s fantastic to get the victory here today,” said Whincup.

“Big thanks to all the Holden supporters for hanging in there, we’ve had a bit of a drought and it’s been a tough run lately so big thanks to the team and a big thanks for everyone coming out.”

Whincup pitted early form the lead on lap 15 which was a great decision by his Red Bull Holden Racing squad with ‘JDub’ managing to hold on during the final laps of the race to win by 2.1 seconds over Will Davison.

The win moves Whincup to an amazing 114 Supercars Championship race victories.

Plenty of fans were out in force at Queensland Raceway on Saturday to catch all the action from the greatest motoracing category in the country.

Red Bull Holden Racing Teammate Shane van Gisbergen put in a solid performance with a speedy back end to his race to come home in fifth in the #97 Commodore.

Other Holden drivers to occupy the top-10 after the 39-lap sprint race were Brad Jones Racing driver Nick Percat in eighth and Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds in ninth.

Tomorrow will see crews tackle another three-part Armor All Qualifying session before tackling a long 65-lap race kicking off at 2.10pm local time.

Results: Race 19, Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 39 46:37.9111
2 23 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 39 46:40.0907
3 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 39 46:43.9641
4 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 39 46:46.6435
5 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 39 46:47.6107
6 6 Monster Energy Racing Team Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 39 46:58.7404
7 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 39 47:01.0670
8 8 Hare & Forbes Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 39 47:03.3778
9 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 39 47:13.5534
10 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 39 47:14.4129
11 22 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 39 47:15.7494
12 7 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 39 47:18.0656
13 34 Boost Mobile Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 39 47:18.6573
14 99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 39 47:20.5691
15 18 Irwin Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 39 47:22.1000
16 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 39 47:22.8872
17 33 Boost Mobile Racing Michael Caruso Holden Commodore ZB 39 47:23.8868
18 78 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 39 47:24.2326
19 35 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 39 47:30.9406
20 3 RABBLE.club Racing Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 39 47:38.9129
21 2 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 38 46:43.2924
22 19 Truck Assist TEKNO Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 38 47:27.1930
DNF 14 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 37 44:48.7897
DNF 21 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 37 45:10.5584

Championship points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Scott McLaughlin 2288
2 Fabian Coulthard 1954
3 Shane van Gisbergen 1780
4 Chaz Mostert 1769
5 David Reynolds 1718
6 Jamie Whincup 1678
7 Cameron Waters 1498
8 Will Davison 1412
9 Nick Percat 1411
10 Lee Holdsworth 1320
11 Anton De Pasquale 1263
12 James Courtney 1195
13 Mark Winterbottom 1153
14 Tim Slade 1149
15 Andre Heimgartner 1136
16 Scott Pye 1018
17 Todd Hazelwood 988
18 Rick Kelly 984
19 James Golding 941
20 Simona De Silvestro 889
21 Jack Le Brocq 706
22 Macauley Jones 678
23 Garry Jacobson 668
24 Richie Stanaway 482
25 Jack Smith 219
26 Michael Caruso 177
27 Chris Pither 159
28 Tim Blanchard 93