HRT emphatically breaks victory drought

  • Sunday 7th July, 2013 5:17pm
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©
Tander and Courtney celebrate on the podium

Tander and Courtney celebrate on the podium

A calculated strategy gamble has helped the Holden Racing Team to a stunning one-two finish in Race 21 of the V8 Supercars Championship in Townsville.

Garth Tander led home team-mate James Courtney to a form finish after a race that was thrown on its head by a Lap 9 Safety Car.

With the whole field having started on the hard tyres, the HRT Commodores were two of several to pit and opt for two stints home on softs.

Despite needing to recyle the softs it used on Saturday as part of the strategy, the HRT duo filtered to the front once the pitstop cycles were complete to run home unchallenged over the final 20 laps.

Not even a hefty side-on clout with the Turn 10 exit wall in the early laps of his second stint could stop Tander’s charge, which breaks a victory drought stretching back to Bathurst, 2011.

Shane van Gisbergen took third after running a similar hard-soft-soft strategy to the HRT and his Tekno team-mate Jonathon Webb. The second Tekno entry ran as high as fourth in the closing stages before fading to 12th.

Mark Winterbottom led the early laps from pole but, along with team-mate Will Davison, elected not to pit under the early Safety Car and was never a true contender thereafter.

Russell Ingall and Tony D’Alberto made it four Walkinshaw-built Holdens in the top six, while Craig Lowndes, Tim Slade, Scott McLaughlin and Will Davison completed the top 10.

Points leader Jamie Whincup too followed the conventional single-stop strategy and could do no better than 11th.

Lee Holdsworth’s IRWIN Mercedes was the only retirement after triggering the Safety Car by grinding to a halt with an engine problem on the run to Turn 11.

David Reynolds also endured a tough run, falling out of contention after dropping a cylinder while placed second to Winterbottom.

Whincup leaves Townsville with a reduced 111 points lead over team-mate Lowndes, with Davison and Winterbottom also in striking distance in third and fourth.

See below for the full Race 21 result

1Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderHolden Commodore VF01:30:04.16391:14.0127
2Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyHolden Commodore VF01:30:04.48301:13.9505
3TEKNO Team VIPShane Van GisbergenHolden Commodore VF01:30:13.54911:13.9319
4Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordMark WinterbottomFord Falcon FG01:30:25.76671:14.3657
5Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallHolden Commodore VF01:30:31.66011:14.1909
6Team HIFLEXTony D’AlbertoHolden Commodore VF01:30:31.91131:14.0973
7Red Bull Racing AustraliaCraig LowndesHolden Commodore VF01:30:32.57971:14.2647
8Heavy Haulage Australia RacingTim SladeMercedes E63 AMG01:30:34.21681:14.0378
9Fujitsu Racing GRMScott McLaughlinHolden Commodore VF01:30:38.69711:14.4242
10Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordWill DavisonFord Falcon FG01:30:41.00171:14.3212
11Red Bull Racing AustraliaJamie WhincupHolden Commodore VF01:30:41.14361:14.3661
12Tekno AutosportsJonathon WebbHolden Commodore VF01:30:41.70281:14.4280
13Wilson Security RacingChaz MostertFord Falcon FG01:30:50.63561:14.3521
14Norton 360 RacingJames MoffatNissan Altima01:30:51.92951:14.4995
15Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyNissan Altima01:30:53.74651:14.4089
16Team BOCJason BrightHolden Commodore VF01:30:56.08021:14.3670
17Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VF01:30:56.79941:14.5728
18Jeld-wen FPR FordAlex DavisonFord Falcon FG01:30:59.32251:14.2479
19Fujitsu Racing GRMAlexandre PrematHolden Commodore VF01:30:59.74911:14.4371
20Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyNissan Altima01:31:03.88671:14.5206
21ekol RacingScott PyeHolden Commodore VF01:31:04.18211:14.4103
22Norton 360 RacingMichael CarusoNissan Altima01:31:12.78101:14.4376
23Wilson Security RacingTim BlanchardFord Falcon FG01:31:12.84911:14.3125
24Dodo Insurance RacingDean FioreHolden Commodore VF01:30:14.25901:14.6014
25Wilson Security RacingDavid WallHolden Commodore VF01:30:41.80851:14.1332
26The Bottle-O FPR FordDavid ReynoldsFord Falcon FG01:31:03.28341:15.4498
27SP Tools RacingMaro EngelMercedes E63 AMG01:30:48.68331:16.2359
DNFIrwin RacingLee HoldsworthMercedes E63 AMG    7:49.47831:15.9607

See below for the updated points standings

1Jamie Whincup 1591
2Craig Lowndes 1480
3Will Davison 1376
4Mark Winterbottom 1337
5Shane Van Gisbergen 1310
6Garth Tander 1302
7Fabian Coulthard 1291
8Jason Bright 1269
9James Courtney 1243
10Jonathon Webb 1104
11Scott McLaughlin  966
12Rick Kelly  905
13David Reynolds  898
14James Moffat  825
15Alex Davison  814
16Tony D’Alberto  753
17Alexandre Premat  725
18Russell Ingall  711
19Michael Caruso  637
20Dean Fiore  630
21Tim Slade  597
22David Wall  581
23Tim Blanchard  533
24Chaz Mostert  532
25Todd Kelly  532
26Lee Holdsworth  523
27Scott Pye  510
28Maro Engel  390
29Jonny Reid  149


Get your daily racing fix delivered to your inbox!

Try our daily email, The best way to get your news first, fast and free!

By submitting above you agree to the Privacy Policy

About Us | Contact Us | Advertise with Speedcafe | Privacy | All material copyright © 2015 -