In the opening race of the season, seven-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup has taken out Race 1 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
After securing ARMOR ALL pole position earlier in the day, Whincup grabbed the early lead off the line in his #88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodore and never looked back arriving at the top step of the podium.
“I had a rocket today, the car was excellent,” commented Whincup.
“I was able to make the most of Pole Position and everything was pretty straight forward from there,”
“I have to give this one up to Holden, it’s been a tough week for everyone involved so it’s good to be able to give them a win.”
Factory Red Bull Holden teammate Shane van Gisbergen started from a little further back in sixth position, but it didn’t take him long to battle through the pack and finish in third behind fellow kiwi Scott Mclaughlin.
“It was a tough one, they (Shell V Power Racing) did a good job from the position behind us,” said van Gisbergen.
“We tried to put on a good race with Davey (David Reynolds) there, but it was just hard to pass.”
“The car is pretty good we just need to get upfront.”
Funnyman David Reynolds showed early pace putting his Penrite Racing #9 Commodore on the front of the grid under smokey car conditions, before falling back to fourth place.
Chaz Mostert continued his early form behind the wheel of his Mobil 1 Appliances Online Commodore, qualifying in fourth and enjoying some back and forth with ex-Tickford teammates before finishing in seventh.
Being able to push through the sweltering heat of his firewall and emerge with a top-ten finish, and secure a top ten finish in his first outing with powerhouse, Walkinshaw Andretti United.
“New car, new team, different things,” joked Mostert
“I don’t think Will (Davison) will be too happy with me, but obviously being the first race of the season I was pretty keen to put down some cool moves and get one over them.”
“Definitely some room to improve but overall pretty happy with the first hit out”
IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom enjoyed another top-ten finish to bring the tally of 5 Holdens inside the top ten.
Tomorrow brings a new day and another 250km race around the streets of Adelaide, with Race 2 of the Virgin Australia Supercars kicking off Armor ALL Qualifying at 11:50am local time.