Strong results for Holden in Queensland

Holden was back on top this weekend with Red Bull Holden Racing Team star Jamie Whincup notching up his first win for the season at Queensland Raceway on Saturday, Round 9 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

His teammate Shane van Gisbergen put in a stella race on Sunday to finish agonisingly close to a double Holden victory for the weekend, coming home in second this afternoon after one of the closest last-lap battles all year with Scott McLaughlin.

“I don’t like coming second but that was an awesome race,” van Gisbergen said.

“I hope everyone enjoyed it, my car was awesome today and I tried as hard as I could, so yeah it was really cool. Thanks to Shippy [Engineer] and the guys and girls in our team, our car was in a good place today.”

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

It’s a welcomed victory for Whincup who’s race wins at the Ipswich circuit now tally five victories, equal second on the all-time Queensland Raceway Supercars wins 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 this weekend,” 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 this weekend.”

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 total Supercars Championship race victories.

Red Bull Holden Racing Teammate van Gisbergen put in a solid performance with a speedy back end to his race on Saturday to come home fifth in the #97 Holden with Whincup then picking up a fourth place result on Sunday after his win on Saturday – to collect the most overall points for the weekend.

Other Holden drivers to occupy the top-10 over the weekend were Brad Jones Racing driver Nick Percat who picked up eighth on Saturday and ninth on Sunday despite stalling on the grid today. A solid effort and a nice bag of points for Percat.

“It was an awesome job by the BJR crew,  to have a very fast race car all weekend was a credit to all the boys and girls,” said Percat.
“In the race today, that was the first time I’ve stalled a race car since about 2006 so we gave away about 100 meters to everyone else off the start line.

“So I radioed my engineer and said ‘I have to fix this one’, got my passing eyes on and returned the car without a scratch on it, in ninth, so we’re pretty happy.”

Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds managed a ninth place finish on Saturday and IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom grabbed himself a top-10 result with a 10th place finish on Sunday despite starting from 17th on the grid.

Round 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship takes crews to South Australia for the OTR SuperSprint at The Bend Motorsport Park next month August 23-25.

Results: Race 20, Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 65 1:18:18.3804
2 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:18:19.0810
3 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 65 1:18:29.0274
4 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:18:35.6056
5 23 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 65 1:18:36.4135
6 6 Monster Energy Racing Team Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 65 1:18:55.8655
7 7 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 65 1:19:03.6997
8 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 65 1:19:03.9165
9 8 Hare & Forbes Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:19:05.4652
10 18 Irwin Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:19:05.9004
11 99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:19:06.5878
12 22 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:19:09.3745
13 35 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:19:13.7040
14 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 65 1:19:13.8960
15 34 Boost Mobile Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:19:15.0868
16 2 Mobil 1 MEGA Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:19:29.0068
17 14 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:19:29.3737
18 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 65 1:19:29.7307
19 78 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 65 1:19:30.1999
20 33 Boost Mobile Racing Michael Caruso Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:19:30.3717
21 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 64 1:18:26.1445
22 21 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 64 1:18:43.2144
23 19 Truck Assist TEKNO Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 63 1:18:23.4530
DNF 3 Racing Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 49 1:00:12.6885

Championship points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Scott McLaughlin 2438
2 Fabian Coulthard 2005
3 Shane van Gisbergen 1918
4 Chaz Mostert 1898
5 Jamie Whincup 1798
6 David Reynolds 1760
7 Cameron Waters 1600
8 Will Davison 1523
9 Nick Percat 1495
10 Lee Holdsworth 1383
11 Anton De Pasquale 1335
12 James Courtney 1264
13 Andre Heimgartner 1232
14 Mark Winterbottom 1231
15 Tim Slade 1203
16 Scott Pye 1075
17 Rick Kelly 1074
18 Todd Hazelwood 1054
19 James Golding 1001
20 Simona De Silvestro 937
21 Jack Le Brocq 742
22 Macauley Jones 717
23 Garry Jacobson 668
24 Richie Stanaway 482
25 Michael Caruso 222
26 Jack Smith 219
27 Chris Pither 159
28 Tim Blanchard 93