Van Gisbergen/Webb take opening GC600 win

Saturday 24th October, 2015 - 6:05pm

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Shane van Gisbergen celebrates victory

Shane van Gisbergen celebrates victory

Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb broke a season-long victory drought for Tekno Autosports in dominant fashion at the Castrol Gold Coast 600.

Webb started the #97 Holden from pole position and built a 10 second lead by the time the minimum 34 co-driver laps were completed.

The six drivers with their podium surfboards

The six drivers with their podium surfboards

Van Gisbergen was then untroubled through his two stints to the flag, controlling a late Safety Car restart on the way to victory.

David Reynolds was just 1.6s adrift at the flag in second but had spent the closing laps focussed on fending off Craig Lowndes.

The Red Bull driver’s title hopes enjoyed a major boost on a horror day for Mark Winterbottom and Prodrive.

Winterbottom was released from his first pitstop into the path of Garth Tander, with subsequent contact causing damage to the Ford’s right-front corner that took more than 10 laps to repair.

Tander and team-mate James Courtney had a spirited battle on the way to fourth and fifth respectively, swapping paint on multiple occasions.

The result was enough to propel Tander and co-driver Warren Luff into the lead of the Pirtek Enduro Cup ahead of Sunday’s finale.

Webb leading Premat and David Russell in the early stages

Webb leading Premat and David Russell in the early stages

Nick Percat, Fabian Coulthard, Scott Pye, Rick Kelly and James Moffat drove their respective entries to sixth through 10th at the flag.

Moffat’s chances were dealt a major blow early when co-driver Taz Douglas was spun to the back of the field following contact with the Paul Dumbrell-driven #1 Red Bull Holden.

Subsequent contact later in the lap between Dumbrell and Dean Canto then sent the Commodore to the garage for repairs, continuing a horror season for Whincup.

The Kelly and Moffat Nissans were among a handful of cars to run the soft tyres in stints two and three, rather than just saving them for the run home.

The strategy ensured Kelly ran as high as third ahead of the final stops, but left him vulnerable to those behind in the back half of the race.

Otherwise, the race was surprisingly straight forward, with all cars starting on hards with their co-drivers aboard.

Scott McLaughlin’s tough year continued as co-driver Alex Premat damaged the pair’s Volvo across the beachside chicane while chasing Webb in the first stint.

The #33 S60 required a new front spoiler at its first pitstop before later requiring a lengthy stop to fix a steering problem.

The race ran green until debris on the circuit saw the single Safety Car intervention on lap 85 of 102.

At the restart, Tim Slade was spun out of eighth by Will Davison in an incident that saw Lee Holdsworth’s entry take heavy front-end damage.

A second 300km race will complete the Castrol Gold Coast 600 tomorrow.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 26, Surfers Paradise  

1 Team Darrell Lea STIX S.Van Gisbergen/J.Webb Holden Commodore VF 102 02:08:14.3285
2 The Bottle-O Racing Team D.Reynolds/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 102 02:08:15.9381
3 Red Bull Racing Australia C.Lowndes/S.Richards Holden Commodore VF 102 02:08:16.0805
4 Holden Racing Team G.Tander/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 102 02:08:16.6470
5 Holden Racing Team J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 102 02:08:17.9318
6 Repair Management Aust Racing N.Percat/O.Gavin Holden Commodore VF 102 02:08:18.3543
7 Freightliner Racing F.Coulthard/L.Youlden Holden Commodore VF 102 02:08:18.5456
8 DJR Team Penske S.Pye/M.Ambrose Ford Falcon FG/X 102 02:08:32.0043
9 Nissan Motorsport R.Kelly/D.Russell Nissan Altima 102 02:08:33.7078
10 Nissan Motorsport J.Moffat/T.Douglas Nissan Altima 102 02:08:34.0365
11 GB Galvanizing Racing D.Wood/M.Jones Holden Commodore VF 102 02:08:34.1892
12 Team Cooldrive T.Blanchard/K.Reindler Holden Commodore VF 102 02:08:37.6946
13 Nissan Motorsport T.Kelly/A.Buncombe Nissan Altima 102 02:08:38.6797
14 Supercheap Auto Racing T.Slade/T.D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 102 02:08:39.4484
15 Erebus Motorsport V8 W.Davison/A.Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 102 02:09:09.6960
16 Wilson Security Racing GRM D.Wall/C.Pither Volvo S60 101 02:08:34.9031
17 Pepsi Max Crew C.Waters/R.Ingall Ford Falcon FG/X 101 02:08:35.2170
18 Super Black Racing A.Heimgartner/A.Pedersen Ford Falcon FG/X 101 02:08:36.0086
19 Erebus Motorsport V8 A.Walsh/J.Le Brocq Mercedes E63 AMG 101 02:08:36.4492
20 Nissan Motorsport M.Caruso/D.Fiore Nissan Altima  98 02:09:01.3041
21 Wilson Security Racing GRM S.McLaughlin/A.Premat Volvo S60  91 02:08:53.4979
22 Team BOC J.Bright/A.Jones Holden Commodore VF  89 02:08:50.8167
23 Pepsi Max Crew M.Winterbottom/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG/X  88 02:08:59.9387
24 Red Bull Racing Australia J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF  87 02:08:55.7934
DNF Walkinshaw Racing L.Holdsworth/S.Bourdais Holden Commodore VF  88 01:51:59.5122

Championship Standings 

1 Mark Winterbottom 2527
2 Craig Lowndes 2221
3 David Reynolds 2197
4 Fabian Coulthard 2030
5 Chaz Mostert 2017
6 Garth Tander 2012
7 Shane van Gisbergen 1950
8 Jamie Whincup 1721
9 Rick Kelly 1499
10 James Courtney 1484
11 Scott McLaughlin 1476
12 Tim Slade 1387
13 Michael Caruso 1363
14 Jason Bright 1356
15 Will Davison 1279
16 Lee Holdsworth 1272
17 James Moffat 1184
18 Todd Kelly 1182
19 Nick Percat 1094
20 Scott Pye 1017
21 Dale Wood 1001
22 Andre Heimgartner 951
23 Tim Blanchard 930
24 David Wall 831
25 Ash Walsh 693
26 Warren Luff 618
27 Steve Owen 612
28 Jonathon Webb 588
29 Dean Canto 564
30 Steven Richards 561
31 Jack Perkins 543
32 Luke Youlden 450
33 Tony D’Alberto 393
34 Alex Premat 390
35 Russell Ingall 366
36 Sebastien Bourdais 360
37 David Russell 354
38 Marcos Ambrose 353
39 Taz Douglas 336
40 Cameron Waters 330
41 Dean Fiore 321
42 Andrew Jones 309
43 Macauley Jones 282
44 Alex Davison 270
45 Paul Dumbrell 255
46 Karl Reindler 249
47 Alex Buncombe 222
48 Oliver Gavin 198
49 Ant Pedersen 159
50 Jack Le Brocq 144
51 Chris Pither 141
52 Aaren Russell 108
53 Drew Russell 108
54 Simona De Silvestro 84
55 Renee Gracie 84

Pirtek Enduro Cup Standings

1 Garth Tander/Warren Luff 618
2 Mark Winterbottom/Steve Owen 612
3 Shane van Gisbergen/Jonathon Webb 588
4 David Reynolds/Dean Canto 564
5 Craig Lowndes/Steve Richards 561
6 Fabian Coulthard/Luke Youlden 450
7 James Courtney/Jack Perkins 423
8 Tim Salde/Tony D’Alberto 393
9 Scott McLaughlin/Alexandre Premat 390
10 Lee Holdsworth/Sebastien Bourdais 360
11 Rick Kelly/David Russell 354
12 James Moffat/Taz Douglas 336
13 Cameron Waters/ Russell Ingall 330
14 Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore 321
15 Jason Bright/Andrew Jones 309
16 Dale Wood/Macauley Jones 282
17 Will Davison/Alex Davison 270
18 Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell 255
19 Tim Blanchard/Karl Reindler 249
20 Scott Pye/Marcos Ambrose 228
21 Todd Kelly/Alex Buncombe 222
22 Nick Percat/Oliver Gavin 198
23 Andre Heimgartner/Ant Pedersen 159
24 Ash Walsh/Jack Le Brocq 144
25 David Wall/Chris Pither 141
26 Aaren Russell/Drew Russell 108
27 Simona de Silvestro/Renee Gracie 84