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
|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||RABBLE.club Racing||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||49||1:00:12.6885|
|3||Shane van Gisbergen||1918|
|11||Anton De Pasquale||1335|
|20||Simona De Silvestro||937|
|21||Jack Le Brocq||742|