Red Bull Holden Racing Team finish in style with double victory in Newcastle

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team has finished the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship on a high with another dominant performance to make it two-from-two wins in the final round of the year at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500.

The #88 Commodore of Jamie Whincup picked up yet another win in his illustrious career, his 118th to be exact, in what was a perfect weekend for the Holden factory squad with Shane van Gisbergen taking the honours in Saturday’s 250km feature.

“I’m just really proud of everyone, we fought hard right to the end. We didn’t have as much performance at the start of the year but we chipped away and two wins for the team this weekend gives us confidence heading into next year that we can certainly be contenders,” said Whincup.

“Hopefully we can take it to car #17 next year but congratulations to Scotty this year he did a great job.”

The 2019 season saw the Red Bull Holden Racing Team finish second in the Supercars Teams’ Championship and second and third in the Drivers’ Championship with van Gisbergen and Whincup respectively.

Holden Motorsport would like to congratulate Scott McLaughlin and the DJR Team Penske squad on their performance in 2019, we look forward re-igniting the battle on the racetrack in 2020!

Red Bull Holden Racing teammate van Gisbergen cleaned up on Saturday in the sister Commodore with a win and a pole position in the penultimate race of the year.

Van Gisbergen was solid throughout the race on Saturday with a clinical performance to win in Newcastle which was the sixth-straight race win for the Commodore in the back end of the 2019 season.

Sunday was a solid day for the Freightliner Racing Commodore driver Tim Slade who finished his year off in style with a podium result and his best of the season in the final race of the year.

“That was amazing, the guys have been doing an awesome job with the car all weekend and it’s nice to reward them with this,” Slade said.

“So a big congrats to the team, it was an awesome way to finish the year.”

Sunday saw a plethora of Commodores finish inside the Top-10 with Scott Pye adding to his amazing weekend with a fifth on Sunday.

The Walkinshaw Andretti United driver enjoyed a strong day in the office on Saturday too, bringing his chariot home in sixth – an astronomical effort after the #2 driver was hospitalised on Friday with a bug and also started Saturday’s race from the back of the grid, making up 18 spots to his finishing result.

Sunday saw van Gisberegn finish seventh from 20th on the grid with the Commodores of Nick Percat and Todd Hazelwood also finishing their year off strong with a ninth and tenth result respectively.

With the Newcastle 500 spelling the end of the 2019 season teams will have minimal time to rest as the 2020 Supercars season kicks back into gear on Feb 20-23 at the Superloop Adelaide 500.

Results: Race 32, Coates Hire Newcastle 500

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 93 1:57:09.2414
2 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 93 1:57:11.3660
3 14 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 93 1:57:13.0442
4 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 93 1:57:14.5381
5 2 Mobil 1 Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 93 1:57:15.4944
6 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 93 1:57:20.9117
7 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 93 1:57:27.8818
8 6 Monster Energy Racing Team Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 93 1:57:28.5635
9 8 Timken Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 93 1:57:28.9572
10 35 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 93 1:57:32.9717
11 22 Mobil 1 Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 93 1:57:33.8471
12 7 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 93 1:57:41.0242
13 23 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 93 1:57:45.2187
14 18 Irwin Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 93 1:57:48.0326
15 33 Boost Mobile Racing Richie Stanaway Holden Commodore ZB 93 1:57:50.0550
16 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 93 1:57:52.2118
17 19 Truck Assist TEKNO Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 93 1:57:59.8810
18 78 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 93 1:58:13.4522
19 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 93 1:58:18.9021
20 34 Boost Mobile Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 92 1:57:19.6842
21 21 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 92 1:58:01.3348
22 3 RABBLE.club Racing Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 92 1:58:09.2653
23 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 83 1:57:36.5413
DNF 99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 22 26:29.4255

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Scott McLaughlin 3872
2 Shane van Gisbergen 3310
3 Jamie Whincup 3208
4 Fabian Coulthard 3058
5 Chaz Mostert 2879
6 David Reynolds 2694
7 Cameron Waters 2588
8 Will Davison 2495
9 Nick Percat 2445
10 Lee Holdsworth 2428
11 James Courtney 2275
12 Scott Pye 2193
13 Mark Winterbottom 2092
14 Anton De Pasquale 2015
15 Tim Slade 1940
16 Andre Heimgartner 1875
17 Rick Kelly 1820
18 Todd Hazelwood 1609
19 Simona De Silvestro 1564
20 James Golding 1521
21 Macauley Jones 1314
22 Jack Le Brocq 1277
23 Garry Jacobson 1176
24 Richie Stanaway 1146
25 Craig Lowndes 828
26 Thomas Randle 732
27 Garth Tander 697
28 Michael Caruso 643
29 Warren Luff 632
30 Alexandre Premat 603
31 Jack Perkins 588
32 Alex Davison 544
33 Chris Pither 507
34 Tim Blanchard 499
35 Tony D’Alberto 462
36 Jack Smith 461
37 Steven Richards 438
38 Luke Youlden 422
39 Dale Wood 407
40 James Moffat 350
41 William Brown 338
42 Jonathon Webb 335
43 Alex Rullo 329
44 Dean Canto 326
45 Ashley Walsh 266
46 Dean Fiore 245
47 Brodie Kostecki 233
48 Bryce Fullwood 232
49 Richard Muscat 229
50 Jake Kostecki 217
51 James Hinchcliffe 102
52 Alexander Rossi 102
53 Dylan O’Keeffe 51

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team/Sponsor(s) Pts
1 12 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team 6626
2 88 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team 6471
3 5 55 The Bottle-O Racing Team & Supercheap Auto Racing 5294
4 6 23 Monster Energy Racing 5059
5 9 99 Penrite Racing 4757
6 2 22 Mobil 1 Racing 4449
7 8 14 Freightliner & Timken Racing 4416
8 7 15 Castrol Racing & Plus Fitness Racing 3706
9 33 34 Boost Mobile Racing 3145
10 3 78 Team Harvey Norman & RABBLE.club Racing 2746
11 18 IRWIN Racing 2055
12 35 Bigmate Racing 1560
13 21 Team CoolDrive 1327
14 19 Truck Assist Tekno Racing 1262