Garth Tander wins in the streets of Townsville leading home his teammate James Courtney for a 1-2 Holden finish.
Holden Racing’s Garth Tander has achieved his first win since Bathurst in 2011, with teammate James Courtney holding on in second place for a 1-2 finish.
A race full of strategy saw Holden pit its two VF Commodores, giving the drivers a soft-tyre advantage over most of the field.
Holden Racing decided to run a two-stint strategy, making its drivers pit for second-hand soft tyres.
Despite sustaining damage after kissing the wall at Turn 10 in making a move on Scott McLaughlin, Tander still managed to bring home the win.
The start saw Ford’s Mark Winterbottom get a great jump on the rest of the field, but later his decision not to pit under the Lap 9 safety car caused him to fall to fourth place.
Shane van Gisbergen took third place after running a similar pit-strategy to Holden Racing, making great progress starting closer to the rear of the field.
Russell Ingall and Tony D’Alberto made it a top six effort for Walkinshaw Performance built Commodores, with Craig Lowndes, Tim Slade, McLaughlin and Will Davison rounding out the top 10.
The race’s only retirement was Lee Holdsworth, who had engine dramas with his Erebus Motorsport Mercedes and stopped into the run of Turn 11.
After Race 21 of the championship at Townsville, the current championship standings see Jamie Whincup leading Lowndes by 111 points, with Ford’s Davison and Winterbottom closing in on the series lead.
|1||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:04.1639||1:14.0127|
|2||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:04.4830||1:13.9505|
|3||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:13.5491||1:13.9319|
|4||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||01:30:25.7667||1:14.3657|
|5||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:31.6601||1:14.1909|
|6||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:31.9113||1:14.0973|
|7||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:32.5797||1:14.2647|
|8||Heavy Haulage Australia Racing||Tim Slade||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:30:34.2168||1:14.0378|
|9||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:38.6971||1:14.4242|
|10||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||01:30:41.0017||1:14.3212|
|11||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:41.1436||1:14.3661|
|12||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:41.7028||1:14.4280|
|13||Wilson Security Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||01:30:50.6356||1:14.3521|
|14||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||01:30:51.9295||1:14.4995|
|15||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||01:30:53.7465||1:14.4089|
|16||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:56.0802||1:14.3670|
|17||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:56.7994||1:14.5728|
|18||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||01:30:59.3225||1:14.2479|
|19||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:59.7491||1:14.4371|
|20||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||01:31:03.8867||1:14.5206|
|21||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||01:31:04.1821||1:14.4103|
|22||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||01:31:12.7810||1:14.4376|
|23||Wilson Security Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||01:31:12.8491||1:14.3125|
|24||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:14.2590||1:14.6014|
|25||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VF||01:30:41.8085||1:14.1332|
|26||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||01:31:03.2834||1:15.4498|
|27||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Mercedes E63 AMG||01:30:48.6833||1:16.2359|
|DNF||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||7:49.4783||1:15.960|
Written by Loren Hazelwood @LorenHazelwood