Tander leads HRT one-two in Race 21

Saturday 5th July, 2014 - 6:10pm

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Tander and Courtney celebrate HRT's one-two

Tander and Courtney celebrate HRT’s one-two

Garth Tander broke a 24 race winless streak by leading a Holden Racing Team one-two in the second Saturday encounter at the Castrol Townsville 500.

Having failed to turn a front-row lockout into a victory in Race 20, Tander and team-mate James Courtney rose from 11th and eighth on the Race 21 grid respectively to beat home their opposition.

Moving to eighth on the opening lap, Tander gained much of his track position by running a longer first stint than his key rivals.

He rejoined from his pitstop side-by-side with pole-sitter Fabian Coulthard, who then gifted the HRT duo the front-running by sliding wide at Turn 3.

The positions at the front remained stagnant over the final 32 laps, with Tander proving able to ease away from the field after a mid-race Safety Car, which had been called for debris.

Shane van Gisbergen banked solid points with fourth, while Chaz Mostert held out Red Bull duo Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup for a well earned fifth.

Race 21 ran into the twilight on the streets of Townsville

Race 21 ran into the twilight on the streets of Townsville

Mark Winterbottom salvaged eighth from his lowly 19th place grid position, closing onto the tail of Race 20 winner Whincup in the dying stages.

Front-row starter Nick Percat ran second to Coulthard early but finished just ninth after losing time with a slow pitstop.

Tim Slade was again out of luck in the fourth Walkinshaw Holden, falling foul of front-end issues for the second consecutive race.

Second-row starts for Will Davison and Scott McLaughlin turned into just 16th and 14th respectively in the final results after drive-through penalties.

McLaughlin, who lost three spots in the opening corners due to a tap from Van Gisbergen, was caught speeding in pitlane, while an unsafe release saw Davison collide with Michael Caruso’s Nissan in pitlane.

The V8 Supercars will return to the track for Race 22 qualifying from 1100.

See below full full results for Race 21

1

Holden Racing Team

 Garth Tander

Holden Commodore VF

57:38.3580

1:14.6821

2

Holden Racing Team

 James Courtney

Holden Commodore VF

57:40.7000

1:14.7135

3

Lockwood Racing

 Fabian Coulthard

Holden Commodore VF

57:42.4459

1:14.8079

4

Team Tekno VIP Petfoods

 Shane Van Gisbergen

Holden Commodore VF

57:47.4399

1:14.7507

5

Ford Pepsi Max Crew

 Chaz Mostert

Ford Falcon FG

57:47.9810

1:14.9279

6

Red Bull Racing Australia

 Craig Lowndes

Holden Commodore VF

57:48.1808

1:14.8871

7

Red Bull Racing Australia

 Jamie Whincup

Holden Commodore VF

57:48.6921

1:14.9599

8

Ford Pepsi Max Crew

 Mark Winterbottom

Ford Falcon FG

57:49.1491

1:14.9568

9

Walkinshaw Racing

 Nick Percat

Holden Commodore VF

57:50.6895

1:14.8124

10

Repair Management Aust Racing

 Russell Ingall

Holden Commodore VF

57:51.2218

1:15.1833

11

The Bottle-O Racing Team

 David Reynolds

Ford Falcon FG

57:53.5595

1:15.0383

12

Wilson Security Racing

 Scott Pye

Ford Falcon FG

57:54.7418

1:15.1542

13

Wilson Security Racing

 David Wall

Ford Falcon FG

57:58.4945

1:15.1100

14

Valvoline Racing GRM

 Scott McLaughlin

Volvo S60

57:58.9543

1:15.2047

15

Erebus Motorsport V8

 Lee Holdsworth

Mercedes E63 AMG

57:59.2816

1:14.8707

16

Erebus Motorsport V8

 Will Davison

Mercedes E63 AMG

57:59.6021

1:14.9456

17

Team BOC

 Jason Bright

Holden Commodore VF

58:07.3766

1:14.7910

18

Norton Hornets

 James Moffat

Nissan Altima

58:07.4102

1:15.6033

19

Jack Daniel’s Racing

 Rick Kelly

Nissan Altima

58:14.5754

1:15.1229

20

Jack Daniel’s Racing

 Todd Kelly

Nissan Altima

58:14.8496

1:15.3267

21

Team JELD-WEN

 Jack Perkins

Ford Falcon FG

58:17.7354

1:15.4468

22

Valvoline Racing GRM

 Robert Dahlgren

Volvo S60

58:18.1573

1:14.9583

23

Team Advam/GB

 Dale Wood

Holden Commodore VF

58:20.4014

1:15.5194

DNF

Supercheap Auto Racing

 Tim Slade

Holden Commodore VF

14:40.3359

1:14.9931

DNF

Norton Hornets

 Michael Caruso

Nissan Altima

 4:02.8281

1:16.5265

Championship points after Race 21

1 Mark Winterbottom 1532
2 Jamie Whincup 1388
3 Craig Lowndes 1341
4 Fabian Coulthard 1298
5 James Courtney 1234
6 Shane Van Gisbergen 1226
7 Scott McLaughlin 1127
8 David Reynolds 1030
9 Chaz Mostert 1002
10 Garth Tander 997
11 Jason Bright 956
12 Will Davison 860
13 Michael Caruso 848
14 Lee Holdsworth 834
15 James Moffat 816
16 Russell Ingall 812
17 Rick Kelly 803
18 Scott Pye 786
19 Tim Slade 750
20 David Wall 695
21 Nick Percat 679
22 Dale Wood 649
23 Jack Perkins 610
24 Todd Kelly 563
25 Robert Dahlgren 398

VIDEO: The start of Race 21

VIDEO: Caruso speaks after Davison incident

VIDEO: Tander and Courtney overtake Coulthard

VIDEO: Mostert and Lowndes battle

VIDEO: Tander breaks winless streak

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