Garth Tander ended HRT's long winless streak, leading a 1-2 in Sunday's race

Shane van Gisbergen’s spectacular driving to move from the last spot after spinning out on the first lap to a podium position was a highlight of this Sunday’s 200km race at the Sucrogen Townsville 400, a race which saw the Holden Racing Team break is long winless streak with a 1-2 finish for Garth Tander and James Courtney.

"That was awesome." van Gisbergen said after the race. "I was turned backwards at turn one. There was some crazy stuff at the back of the field.

"To come out third – I didn’t believe it, but we had some good car speed which really helped as well.”

The race was dominated by the Holden Racing Team though, with Tander and Courtney taking the first and second places respectively.  The fine result was due to a gamble during the early safety car, with Tander, Courtney and Van Gisbergen all pit stopping early for the soft tyres.

This win also broke a drought for Garth Tander, who hasn’t won in almost two years. The last time Tander won was in 2011 at the Bathurst 1000.  The veteran was naturally pretty stoked but made a point to thank his team.

"I have been reminded about my last win. It’s nice to quieten that down but I knew it was a matter of when,” he said.

"But this has been an amazing team effort. To have had to have flown parts up on Friday night, everyone was involved in this one. It was a great result and makes up for yesterday."

The previous day had seen Tander’s team fly up parts to fix the shock absorbers broken in practice.

The HRT quinella also broke Jamie Whincup’s domination on the track.  The championship leader only managed to place eleventh after qualifying in 15th position. He now only leads his team mate Craig Lowndes by 111 points, down from the 156-point margin he enjoyed before this weekend.

Mark Winterbottom, who started on pole, wasn’t able to get his tyre strategy right and was overtaken by Tander on Lap 22.  Tony D’Alberto, Craig Lowndes and Courtney followed soon after, all having changed to the soft tyres during the earlier safety car.

As was the case in Saturday’s race, Lee Holdsworth had another early bath. The Erebus AMG driver stopped on the ninth lap due to oil pressure problems, forcing an early safety car appearance while his stricken car was cleared.

The final line up: Tander, Courtney, van Gisbergen, Winterbottom, Ingall (who also recovered from a dreadful qualifying performance), D’Alberto, Lowndes, Mercedes-Benz’s Tim Slade, rookie Scott McLaughlin in ninth and Davison rounding out the top ten.

The next round is down south, but still in Queensland – the Coates Hire Ipswich 360 on the weekend of July 26th – 28th!


2013 V8 Supercars Townsville 400 – Race 2 Final Classification (70 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR 1:30:04.1640
2. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 0.3191
3. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 9.3852
4. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 21.6028
5. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 27.4692
6. Tony D’Alberto Holden HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 27.7474
7. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 28.4158
8. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 30.0529
9. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 34.5332
10. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 36.8378
11. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 36.9797
12. Jonathon Webb Holden Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports + 37.5389
13. Chaz Mostert Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 46.4717
14. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 47.7656
15. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 49.5826
16. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 51.9163
17. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 52.6335
18. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 55.1586
19. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 55.5852
20. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 59.7228
21. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1:00.0182
22. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 1:08.6171
23. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 1:08.6852
24. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1 lap
25. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 1 lap
26. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 10 laps
27. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 13 laps
  Not Classified      
DNF. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport 6 laps

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