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 Racing Team / TWR||1:30:04.1640|
|2.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 0.3191|
|3.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 9.3852|
|4.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 21.6028|
|5.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 27.4692|
|6.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 27.7474|
|7.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 28.4158|
|8.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 30.0529|
|9.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 34.5332|
|10.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 36.8378|
|11.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 36.9797|
|12.||Jonathon Webb||Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports||+ 37.5389|
|13.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 46.4717|
|14.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 47.7656|
|15.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 49.5826|
|16.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 51.9163|
|17.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 52.6335|
|18.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 55.1586|
|19.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 55.5852|
|20.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 59.7228|
|21.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 1:00.0182|
|22.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 1:08.6171|
|23.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1:08.6852|
|24.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 1 lap|
|25.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 1 lap|
|26.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 10 laps|
|27.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 13 laps|
|DNF.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||6 laps|
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