Redemption for Tekno with Gold Coast victory

Saturday 25th October, 2014 - 6:15pm

Share:

Shane van Gisbergen took Tekno to victory in Race 31

Shane van Gisbergen took Tekno to victory in Race 31

Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb converted pole position into victory in Race 31 of the V8 Supercars Championship at the Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600.

The win comes just two weeks after a mistake from Van Gisbergen in the final pitstop ended a strong run for the duo at Bathurst.

Van Gisbergen emerged from a strategic battle in the opening 300km Gold Coast heat with a narrow lead over Jamie Whincup at the start of the final stint.

With fresher tyres, the Kiwi was then able to manage the gap to the Red Bull Holden until the chequered flag.

Mark Winterbottom crossed the line third but was demoted one place for bumping Tim Slade out of the way at the final corner.

The Supercheap Auto Holden driver had been struggling without a working drink bottle, cool suit or helmet fan in the closing stages, but still delivered a maiden podium for co-driver Tony D’Alberto.

Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore scored fifth for Nissan ahead of Chaz Mostert, who was forced to race his way back onto the lead lap after co-driver Paul Morris struggled in the early stages.

Seventh was Scott McLaughlin, who had been one of just four primary drivers to start the race in a strategy that was eventually hurt by a mid-race Safety Car.

The lap 51 yellow defined the strategies at the front, with Whincup and Winterbottom among a handful not to use the opportunity to top up with fuel.

Van Gisbergen led those that did and, while needing to make a third stop to see the chequered flag, the fuel-in-hand advantage was enough to see the Tekno Holden eventually rejoin from the final cycle in front.

Garth Tander was set for third after the final stops but tyre-bundle inflicted damage to his car’s left-front corner eventually cut a tyre, resigning him to a 10th place finish.

Craig Lowndes also saw a strong result disappear when a lengthly stop was required to fix front splitter damage in the closing stages. Lowndes eventually finished 18th in another major blow for his championship hopes.

James Courtney also lost major ground in the standings after co-driver Greg Murphy tangled with a slow-starting David Russell, spinning the HRT entry into the concrete and triggering a Safety Car.

David Reynolds was the race’s other major casualty, causing the mid-race yellow after an aggressive hit on the Turn 9 tyre bundle saw a front-end failure and subsequent trip into the Turn 12 concrete.

Qualifying and a second 300km race will complete the Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600 on Sunday.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 31, Gold Coast

1
Team Tekno VIP Petfoods
S.Van Gisbergen/J.Webb
Holden Commodore VF
102
01:11.76
2
Red Bull Racing Australia
J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell
Holden Commodore VF
102
01:11.56
3
Supercheap Auto Racing
T.Slade/T.D'Alberto
Holden Commodore VF
102
01:11.72
4
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
M.Winterbottom/S.Owen
Ford Falcon FG
102
01:12.07
5
Norton Hornets
M.Caruso/D.Fiore
Nissan Altima
102
01:11.85
6
Ford Pepsi Max Crew
C.Mostert/P.Morris
Ford Falcon FG
102
01:11.91
7
Valvoline Racing GRM
S.McLaughlin/A.Premat
Volvo S60
102
01:12.18
8
Wilson Security Racing
S.Pye/A.Walsh
Ford Falcon FG
102
01:12.29
9
Repair Management Aust Racing
R.Ingall/T.Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
102
01:12.45
10
Holden Racing Team
G.Tander/W.Luff
Holden Commodore VF
101
01:12.06
11
Lockwood Racing
F.Coulthard/L.Youlden
Holden Commodore VF
101
01:12.26
12
Erebus Motorsport V8
L.Holdsworth/C.Baird
Mercedes E63 AMG
101
01:12.45
13
Valvoline Racing GRM
R.Dahlgren/G.Ritter
Volvo S60
101
01:12.68
14
Norton Hornets
J.Moffat/T.Douglas
Nissan Altima
101
01:13.06
15
Team Advam/GB
D.Wood/C.Pither
Holden Commodore VF
100
01:12.96
16
Team BOC
J.Bright/A.Jones
Holden Commodore VF
99
01:12.29
17
Wilson Security Racing
D.Wall/S.Johnson
Ford Falcon FG
99
01:12.82
18
Red Bull Racing Australia
C.Lowndes/S.Richards
Holden Commodore VF
98
01:12.02
19
Walkinshaw Racing
N.Percat/O.Gavin
Holden Commodore VF
97
01:12.04
20
Jack Daniel's Racing
R.Kelly/D.Russell
Nissan Altima
86
01:12.09
21
Erebus Motorsport V8
W.Davison/A.Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
83
01:12.55
DNF
Jack Daniel's Racing
T.Kelly/A.Buncombe
Nissan Altima
76
01:12.89
DNF
The Bottle-O Racing Team
D.Reynolds/D.Canto
Ford Falcon FG
49
01:12.58
DNF
Team JELD-WEN
Cameron Waters
Ford Falcon FG
27
01:12.80
DNF
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF

Championship points after Race 31

1
Jamie Whincup
2685
2
Mark Winterbottom
2370
3
Craig Lowndes
2259
4
Shane Van Gisbergen
2246
5
Fabian Coulthard
2096
6
Chaz Mostert
2096
7
James Courtney
2096
8
Scott McLaughlin
1881
9
Garth Tander
1740
10
Will Davison
1584
11
Michael Caruso
1559
12
Nick Percat
1542
13
James Moffat
1526
14
Jason Bright
1512
15
Rick Kelly
1493
16
Scott Pye
1413
17
David Reynolds
1402
18
Russell Ingall
1272
19
Tim Slade
1203
20
Lee Holdsworth
1186
21
David Wall
1148
22
Jack Perkins
1043
23
Todd Kelly
1031
24
Dale Wood
996
25
Robert Dahlgren
729
26
Paul Dumbrell
660
27
Paul Morris
594
28
Steve Owen
480
29
Jonathon Webb
468
30
Steven Richards
447
31
Greg Murphy
408
32
Oliver Gavin
384
33
Alexandre Premat
384
34
Luke Youlden
384
35
Alex Davison
366
36
David Russell
357
37
Taz Douglas
339
38
Warren Luff
336
39
Dean Fiore
333
40
Ashley Walsh
312
41
Alex Buncombe
282
42
Tony D'Alberto
267
43
Cameron Waters
258
44
Tim Blanchard
210
45
Andrew Jones
183
46
Greg Ritter
174
47
Dean Canto
168
48
Steven Johnson
168
49
Chris Pither
156
50
Andre Heimgartner
144
51
Ant Pedersen
144
52
Craig Baird
69