08 JUL 2018
Maximum points for all-new Commodore Supercar as Red Bull Holden Racing Team dominates Townsville 400
The all-new Holden Commodore Supercar has dominated the eighth round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with a double one-two result for the Red Bull Holden Racing Team at this weekend's Watpac Townsville 400.
Sunday saw Shane van Gisbergen win the 70 lap feature race with a stella drive to finish ahead of teammate Jamie Whincup.
On Saturday the tables were turned with Whincup taking the spoils over his Kiwi teammate in what was the ultimate weekend for the team with a bag of perfect results.
"Man it's awesome, thanks to all the guys and girls at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, our cars have just been awesome all weekend and it's really cool." Van Gisbergen said.
"As a team, double one-two [for the weekend], that's awesome so thanks to all the fans that have come out, ten years at Townsville, it's an awesome track and I look forward to the next one."
In Sunday's qualifying van Gisbergen had it all over his opponents by securing provisional pole in the morning before dominating the Top 10 Shootout to claim his 25th career pole.
"We've made a huge step forward and it feels really awesome in qualifying trim," van Gisbergen said.
"All three of us [Triple Eight drivers] were in the top 10 and just privileged to drive these cars."
The Red Bull Holden Racing Team smashed them out of Reid Park on Saturday with Whincup and van Gisbergen finishing first and second for Race 17 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Whincup lead form start to finish and despite a late safety car the Holden driver was untouchable as he secured his tenth win in Townsville in ten years to cement his status as King of Townsville.
"Ten from ten [races in years] sounds good!" Whincup said.
"My engineer gave me an absolute rocket, I had a lot of fun, we were able to lead from the start and score a one-two for the team so I couldn't be happier.
"We've been a little bit off our guard this year so we just had to remind ourselves that we could still drive and I don't know what it is about Townsville, it's the people up here, it's such a great event and we just dug deep and put in our best performance and today [Saturday] with a rocket that did the job, and I couldn't be happier."
Autobarn Lowndes Racing driver Craig Lowndes produced some solid driving all weekend to secure two fourth place finishes on the heels of his recent announcement that he will retire from fulltime Supercars racing at the end of 2018.
Erebus Penrite driver David Reynolds kept his Championship chase strong with a seventh place result on Saturday coupled with a sixth on Sunday.
Nick Percat brought his Dunlop Racing Holden home in tenth on Saturday as did Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing's James Courtney on Sunday to see five all-new Commodore Supercars finish inside the top-10 at race end on both days.
Both van Gisbergen and Whincup have clawed valuable championship points back on series leader Scott McLaughlin with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team remaining in the lead of the teams' championship.
The next stop on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship tour takes crews to south east Queensland for the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint, July 20-22.