Red Bull Holden Racing Team dominate opening race on the streets of Surfers Paradise

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team have finished 1-2 in a dominant display on the streets of Surfers Paradise for Round 13 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

Jamie Whincup/Craig Lowndes won the action packed 300km feature race ahead of teammates Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander in what was a huge result for the factory Holden squad.

“Obviously SVG was really quick at the end there but big thanks to CL (Lowndes), he did an awesome job to get us the lead of the race and a nice buffer when I jumped in,” said Whincup.

“I thought we were in a little bit of trouble there with the late safety car but the car was good, we had some great pace, so happy days and a 1-2 for the team.”

It was an exciting last 10 laps with a late safety car bunching the pack which saw a speedy van Gisbergen close onto the rear of Whincup for the final laps of the race, with the 7-time champion just able to keep his teammate at bay despite a huge effort by the Kiwi.

“That’s awesome, 1-2 for the team, we got smoked in qualifying so we’ve got some time to find there but I just had mega tyre life and that last stint was really good,” said van Gisbergen.

The Walkinshaw Andretti United Commodore of Scott Pye/Warren Luff put in a stella performance to finish fifth after starting from 11th on the grid.

“Certainly the race car was a lot better than we expected today and we were able to be aggressive where we needed to be so we just need to keep our heads down and keep working hard,” said Pye.

Another Holden to put in a huge effort was the Freightliner Alliance Racing Commodore of Tim Slade/Ash Walsh who finished 8th after starting from 20th on the grid.

Slade, the Gold Coast local, was pumped to gain 12 positions in the race after a less than satisfactory qualifying effort earlier in the day.

Sunday will see a repeat of today’s format with a qualifying session followed by a top-10 shootout before the second of two 300km feature races in the afternoon.

Results: Race 26, Vodafone Gold Coast 600

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver(s) Car Laps Race time
1 888 Red Bull Holden Racing Team J.Whincup/C.Lowndes Holden Commodore ZB 102 2:06:57.9470
2 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team S.van Gisbergen/G.Tander Holden Commodore ZB 102 2:06:58.4677
3 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team S.McLaughlin/A.Premat Ford Mustang GT 102 2:07:00.6377
4 6 Monster Energy Racing Team C.Waters/M.Caruso Ford Mustang GT 102 2:07:01.2907
5 2 Mobil 1 Racing S.Pye/W.Luff Holden Commodore ZB 102 2:07:02.8373
6 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team L.Holdsworth/T.Randle Ford Mustang GT 102 2:07:05.6125
7 23 Milwaukee Racing W.Davison/A.Davison Ford Mustang GT 102 2:07:11.4630
8 14 Freightliner Alliance Racing T.Slade/A.Walsh Holden Commodore ZB 102 2:07:11.8429
9 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team F.Coulthard/T.D’Alberto Ford Mustang GT 102 2:07:18.2092
10 15 Castrol Racing R.Kelly/D.Wood Nissan Altima 102 2:07:18.8914
11 99 Penrite Racing A.De Pasquale/W.Brown Holden Commodore ZB 102 2:07:21.7816
12 22 Mobil 1 Racing J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore ZB 102 2:07:38.1578
13 19 Truck Assist TEKNO Racing J.Le Brocq/J.Webb Holden Commodore ZB 101 2:07:09.2577
14 8 Freightliner Alliance Racing N.Percat/T.Blanchard Holden Commodore ZB 101 2:07:10.1830
15 3 RABBLE.club Racing G.Jacobson/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 101 2:07:22.5257
16 34 Boost Mobile Racing J.Golding/R.Muscat Holden Commodore ZB 101 2:07:23.3620
17 35 Bigmate Racing T.Hazelwood/J.Smith Holden Commodore ZB 100 2:07:22.7034
18 78 Team Harvey Norman S.De Silvestro/A.Rullo Nissan Altima 100 2:07:23.6190
19 21 Team CoolDrive M.Jones/D.Canto Holden Commodore ZB 100 2:07:24.0148
20 56 Boost Mobile Kostecki Brothers B.Kostecki/J.Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 100 2:07:26.5538
21 18 Irwin Racing M.Winterbottom/S.Richards Holden Commodore ZB 100 2:07:45.6977
22 9 Penrite Racing D.Reynolds/L.Youlden Holden Commodore ZB 99 2:07:26.1985
23 33 Boost Mobile Racing R.Stanaway/C.Pither Holden Commodore ZB 98 2:07:46.9506
DNF 7 Plus Fitness Racing A.Heimgartner/B.Fullwood Nissan Altima 98 2:03:25.1349

Championship points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Scott McLaughlin 3437
2 Shane van Gisbergen 2824
3 Jamie Whincup 2530
4 Fabian Coulthard 2485
5 Chaz Mostert 2447
6 David Reynolds 2345
7 Cameron Waters 2185
8 Nick Percat 2083
9 Will Davison 2063
10 Lee Holdsworth 1974
11 James Courtney 1837
12 Mark Winterbottom 1762
13 Anton De Pasquale 1737
14 Scott Pye 1663
15 Rick Kelly 1560
16 Tim Slade 1548
17 Andre Heimgartner 1526
18 James Golding 1418
19 Todd Hazelwood 1345
20 Simona De Silvestro 1312
21 Jack Le Brocq 1066
22 Macauley Jones 1053
23 Garry Jacobson 1010
24 Richie Stanaway 908
25 Michael Caruso 432
26 Alexandre Premat 429
27 Garth Tander 414
28 Craig Lowndes 390
29 Thomas Randle 378
30 Jack Smith 339
31 Chris Pither 333
32 Jack Perkins 327
33 Warren Luff 303
34 Tim Blanchard 282
35 Luke Youlden 261
36 Dale Wood 258
37 Alex Davison 252
38 Steven Richards 246
39 Richard Muscat 201
40 Alex Rullo 183
41 Jonathon Webb 174
42 Tony D’Alberto 168
43 Dean Canto 162
44 Dean Fiore 156
45 James Moffat 120
46 James Hinchcliffe 102
47 Alexander Rossi 102
48 Ashley Walsh 90
49 William Brown 72
50 Brodie Kostecki 45
51 Jake Kostecki 45
52 Bryce Fullwood 0