Jamie Whincup claimed back-to-back race victories at the Townsville SuperSprint round, winning this weekend’s second race from Chaz Mostert and Shane van Gisbergen.
The Red Bull Holden Racing driver had another untroubled lights-to-flag drive to his victory – the twelfth of his career at the Reid Park circuit – after converting pole position into an early lead.
He pulled clear to the tune of over six seconds to Mostert by the time he made his compulsory pit stop on Lap 22, and while Mostert was able to use his fresh tyres to cut much of the deficit to Whincup the WAU Holden driver was unable to seriously threaten him at any stage.
Behind the leading pair, there was a considerable gap back to Whincup’s teammate Shane van Gisbergen in third. The New Zealander deserved plaudits for a hard-charging drive forced upon him by a poor qualifying performance earlier in the day. By opting for a late tyre top, van Gisbergen gave himself better tyre grip on his second stint to catch and pass the likes of the Ford trio of Scott McLaughlin, Cameron Waters and James Courtney to claim the final step on the podium.
Saturday podium finisher Waters finished fourth ahead of Nick Percat (BJR Holden), while McLaughlin once again had to put in the hard yards to finish sixth after qualifying a poor 13th-fastest.
Although a hat-trick is less likely given he starts the final race of the weekend from pole position, the DJR Team Penske driver can ill afford a third race finishing behind Whincup, having seen his lead to the seven-time title-winner in the Drivers’ Championship standings now cut to 109 points.
Courtney fell to seventh thanks to a persistent rear locking issue on his Tickford Racing Ford, while the Erebus Holdens of Anton de Pasquale and David Reynolds sandwiched Team 18’s Scott Pye in completing the top ten.
|2020 Australian Supercars Championship Townsville SuperSprint I – Race 20 Final Classification (39 laps)|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||49:17.467|
|2.||Chaz Mostert||Mobil 1 TM Appliances||+ 3.014|
|3.||Shane van Gisbergen||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||+ 16.131|
|4.||Cameron Waters||Monster Energy Racing||+ 20.439|
|5.||Nick Percat||R&J Batteries||+ 23.789|
|6.||Scott McLaughlin||Shell V-Power Racing Team||+ 24.365|
|7.||James Courtney||Boost Mobile Racing||+ 28.637|
|8.||Anton de Pasquale||Penrite Racing||+ 29.104|
|9.||Scott Pye||DEWALT Racing||+ 29.839|
|10.||David Reynolds||Penrite Racing||+ 30.222|
|11.||Lee Holdsworth||Truck Assist Racing||+ 31.298|
|12.||Jack Le Brocq||Supercheap Auto Racing||+ 31.833|
|13.||Todd Hazelwood||Team Black Duck||+ 33.564|
|14.||Andre Heimgartner||NED Whisky Racing||+ 34.381|
|15.||Fabian Coulthard||Shell V-Power Racing Team||+ 39.634|
|16.||Garry Jacobson||Yellow Cover Racing||+ 41.489|
|17.||Mark Winterbottom||IRWIN Racing||+ 43.741|
|18.||Macauley Jones||Team CoolDrive||+ 43.944|
|19.||Bryce Fullwood||Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing||+ 45.719|
|20.||Rick Kelly||Castrol Racing||+ 47.010|
|21.||Zane Goddard||UNIT Racing||+ 52.108|
|22.||Alex Davison||Local Legends Racing||+ 52.491|
|23.||Jack Smith||SCT Motor Sports||+ 54.433|
|24.||Chris Pither||Team SYDNEY||+ 55.237|
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