Garth Tander has become the eleventh different race-winner in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship, leading home a HRT Holden 1-2 ahead of teammate James Courtney in today’s second race at Townsville.
While today’s opener was hectic to say the least, the second act was somewhat more sedate, although there was still plenty of wheel-to-wheel action.
Front-row starters Fabian Coulthard and Nick Percat led the chasing pack off the line, while Shane van Gisbergen dived down thew inside of the Turn 2 right-hander to claim third place, bumping Scott McLaughlin wide in the process to see his Kiwi compatriot shuffled down a few more places.
Tim Slade was an early retiree; the SuperCheap Auto Holden driver suffered a repeat of the steering issues that led to his DNF in Race 20.
A number of runners opted for early pit stops and two found themselves having to tour through the pits again with a drive-through penalty. Will Davison clobbered Michael Caruso’s Nissan in the pit lane, leading to the retirement of the latter and earning himself a penalty for his troubles. Scott McLaughlin was busted for speeding in the pit lane.
The Safety Car was called out just before the halfway mark due to debris on the racing line at Turn 1, and when racing resumed it was Tander who enjoyed a 1.2-second lead over teammate James Courtney, who was having a tight scrap with Coulthard over his second place.
Van Gisbergen ran in fourth place, while Chaz Mostert headed a train of cars comprising the Red Bull Holdens of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup, with Mark Winterbottom in the sister FPR Ford (up from 19th on the grid) right behind. The group battled all the way to the finish line, with Nick Percat and Russell Ingall joining the mix in the final laps of the race.
Up front, Tander ultimately crossed the line 4.8 seconds clear of Courtney to claim the team’s first 1-2 finish since Phillip Island last year, which was also the last race win for Tander.
2014 V8 Supercars Townsville 500 – Race 21 Results (44 laps):
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||57:38.358|
|2.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 2.342|
|3.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 4.088|
|4.||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF||+ 9.082|
|5.||Chaz Mostert||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 9.623|
|6.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 9.823|
|7.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 10.334|
|8.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 10.791|
|9.||Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF||+ 12.332|
|10.||Russell Ingall||Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF||+ 12.864|
|11.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG||+ 15.202|
|12.||Scott Pye||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 16.384|
|13.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 20.136|
|14.||Scott McLaughlin||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 20.596|
|15.||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 20.924|
|16.||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 21.244|
|17.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF||+ 29.019|
|18.||James Moffat||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 29.052|
|19.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 36.217|
|20.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 36.492|
|21.||Jack Perkins||Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG||+ 39.377|
|22.||Robert Dahlgren||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 39.799|
|23.||Dale Wood||Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF||+ 42.043|
|DNF.||Tim Slade||SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF||11 laps|
|DNF.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||3 laps|
Image via Christian Hartung