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
|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|
|2||Shane van Gisbergen||2824|
|13||Anton De Pasquale||1737|
|20||Simona De Silvestro||1312|
|21||Jack Le Brocq||1066|