Whincup wins wild Townsville opener

Saturday 5th July, 2014 - 3:43pm

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Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup cut through from 10th on the grid to take victory in an incident-packed opening race at the Castrol Townsville 500.

The win is Whincup’s third in four races and sees him climb to second in the championship standings, 147 behind Mark Winterbottom.

“I was able to just keep it clean and come through,” said Whincup post-race.

“I don’t know if I’ll be that lucky starting 10th again in the second one though.”

The mayhem began at the first corner, where a tap from third-placed Craig Lowndes sent Garth Tander into fellow front-row starting team-mate James Courtney.

That allowed McLaughlin to sweep into the lead from Jason Bright, Courtney and Lowndes.

Lowndes then saw his race fall apart as a dive-bomb on Courtney later in the lap slowed both drivers and soon saw the Red Bull Holden spun into the Turn 12 exit wall by Will Davison.

Lowndes later returned to the track hoping to score points, but crashed heavily at Turn 5 after an apparent failure.

The Red Bull team rush to repair Lowndes' Holden for Race 21 later in the day

The Red Bull team rush to repair Lowndes’ Holden for Race 21 later in the day

McLaughlin led the way until pitting under a Lowndes-induced Safety Car on Lap 12 of 44, which completed the cycle of compulsory pitstops.

The Volvo rejoined behind Whincup, allowing the Red Bull driver to control the race for the duration.

McLaughlin held down second until losing out to Tander on a second Safety Car resumption with just 10 laps remaining.

Tander had fallen as low as sixth part-way through the chaotic opening lap, before losing further time when he was turned around by Bright towards the end of the first stints.

The battle for the podium had one final twist as Davison muscled through on McLaughlin in the dying laps to secure his first top three finish for Erebus Motorsport.

Nick Percat and Shane van Gisbergen benefited from McLaughlin being elbowed wide to take fourth and fifth respectively.

Bright, Courtney, David Reynolds and Michael Caruso completed the top 10.

Points leader Mark Winterbottom meanwhile salvaged 11th from his 17th placed grid slot, with team-mate Chaz Mostert 13th despite being turned around on the opening lap.

The second Safety Car had been caused by a collision between Jack Perkins and Todd Kelly that saw the former’s Jeld-Wen Ford make heavy contact with the inside wall between Turns 2 and 3.

Tim Slade’s Walkinshaw Holden completed the retirements list after suffering a front-end failure mid-race while running eighth.

The second 125km race of the day will get underway at 1650 local time.

See below for full Race 20 results

1

Red Bull Racing Australia

Jamie Whincup

 Holden Commodore VF

    59:48.1701

1:14.8798

2

Holden Racing Team

Garth Tander

 Holden Commodore VF

    59:50.2095

1:14.8105

3

Erebus Motorsport V8

Will Davison

 Mercedes E63 AMG

    59:53.7705

1:14.9351

4

Walkinshaw Racing

Nick Percat

 Holden Commodore VF

    59:54.7394

1:15.0821

5

Team Tekno VIP Petfoods

Shane Van Gisbergen

 Holden Commodore VF

    59:56.3104

1:15.1966

6

Valvoline Racing GRM

Scott McLaughlin

 Volvo S60

    59:57.4689

1:15.0444

7

Team BOC

Jason Bright

 Holden Commodore VF

    59:57.9779

1:14.9096

8

Holden Racing Team

James Courtney

 Holden Commodore VF

    59:58.4915

1:15.1110

9

The Bottle-O Racing Team

David Reynolds

 Ford Falcon FG

    59:58.8769

1:15.3180

10

Norton Hornets

Michael Caruso

 Nissan Altima

    59:59.9436

1:15.1334

11

Ford Pepsi Max Crew

Mark Winterbottom

 Ford Falcon FG

 01:00:02.1516

1:15.3325

12

Wilson Security Racing

Scott Pye

 Ford Falcon FG

 01:00:04.4437

1:15.3723

13

Ford Pepsi Max Crew

Chaz Mostert

 Ford Falcon FG

 01:00:05.4112

1:15.4581

14

Jack Daniel’s Racing

Rick Kelly

 Nissan Altima

 01:00:06.7700

1:15.1682

15

Lockwood Racing

Fabian Coulthard

 Holden Commodore VF

 01:00:08.4041

1:15.3466

16

Wilson Security Racing

David Wall

 Ford Falcon FG

 01:00:09.3344

1:15.6159

17

Repair Management Aust

Russell Ingall

 Holden Commodore VF

 01:00:10.4331

1:15.4474

18

Jack Daniel’s Racing

Todd Kelly

 Nissan Altima

 01:00:10.9946

1:15.5570

19

Valvoline Racing GRM

Robert Dahlgren

 Volvo S60

 01:00:12.2697

1:15.5433

20

Team Advam/GB

Dale Wood

 Holden Commodore VF

 01:00:13.7598

1:15.6089

21

Norton Hornets

James Moffat

 Nissan Altima

 01:00:26.3821

1:15.5776

22

Erebus Motorsport V8

Lee Holdsworth

 Mercedes E63 AMG

 01:00:29.2149

1:15.4572

DNF

Team JELD-WEN

Jack Perkins

 Ford Falcon FG

    40:30.8826

1:15.6260

DNF

Supercheap Auto Racing

Tim Slade

 Holden Commodore VF

    46:36.0278

1:15.4182

DNF

Red Bull Racing Australia

Craig Lowndes

 Holden Commodore VF

    13:42.3633

*:**.****

VIDEO: Race 20 start

VIDEO: Courtney and Lowndes tangle on opening lap

VIDEO: Lowndes finds the wall after failure

VIDEO: Perkins and T.Kelly make contact

VIDEO: Davison takes third from McLaughlin

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