Big guns in fight for Pirtek Enduro Cup
The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 winners and the two major championship contenders are the best shots of lofting the Pirtek Enduro Cup come Sunday afternoon in Surfers Paradise.
Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards took over the lead in the chase for the Pirtek Enduro Cup with their win last time out at Mount Panorama and hold a 60-point margin over Triple Eight stablemates Shane van Gisbergen/Earl Bamber, and Shell V-Power Racing’s Scott McLaughlin/Alexandre Premat out of Shell V-Power Racing.
The Autobarn Lowndes Racing duo would guarantee themselves victory in the series within a series if they finish on the podium in each race of the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.
Should they win on Saturday, both the #97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team entry and Car #17 would have to finish no worse than 14th to remain a mathematical hope of overhauling them on Sunday.
Adding spice to the contest, McLaughlin closed his deficit to van Gisbergen in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship to 19 points with his maiden Bathurst 1000 podium.
Technically, the top 11 pairings remain in the hunt for the Pirtek Enduro Cup but realistically it is a race in five.
Boost Mobile Racing’s Scott Pye/Warren Luff are fourth, 78 points behind Car #888, after their second straight Bathurst runner-up finish.
The Sandown 500-winning Triple Eight entry of Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell is 102 points off the pace after salvaging a 10th position finish a fortnight ago despite Car #1 temporarily running on three wheels and dropping off the lead lap.
Of the aforementioned quintet of pairings, each of Triple Eight’s primary drivers has won the Pirtek Enduro Cup once, as has Dumbrell.
Luff is the only two-time winner, as co-driver to Lowndes in the inaugural 2013 edition and as co-driver to Garth Tander in 2015.
Supercars action commences tomorrow with Practice 1 at 1040 local time/1140 AEDT.
Pirtek Enduro Cup: After Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
|1||888||Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards||558|
|2||97||Shane van Gisbergen/Earl Bamber||498|
|3||17||Scott McLaughlin/Alexandre Premat||498|
|4||2||Scott Pye/Warren Luff||480|
|5||1||Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell||456|
|6||55||Chaz Mostert/James Moffat||396|
|7||33||Garth Tander/Chris Pither||372|
|8||12||Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto||360|
|9||9||David Reynolds/Luke Youlden||354|
|10||11||Rick Kelly/Garry Jacobson||324|
|11||34||James Golding/Richard Muscat||282|
|12||8||Nick Percat/Macauley Jones||258|
|13||5||Mark Winterbottom/Dean Canto||246|
|14||230||Will Davison/Alex Davison||240|
|15||7||Andre Heimgartner/Aaren Russell||240|
|16||14||Tim Slade/Ash Walsh||228|
|17||99||Anton De Pasquale/Will Brown||204|
|18||6||Cameron Waters/David Russell||204|
|19||19||Jack Le Brocq/Jonathon Webb||198|
|20||21||Tim Blanchard/Dale Wood||198|
|21||35||Todd Hazelwood/Bryce Fullwood||174|
|22||56||Richie Stanaway/Steve Owen||168|
|23||18||Lee Holdsworth/Jason Bright||156|
|24||78||Simona de Silvestro/Alex Rullo||126|
|25||25||James Courtney/Jack Perkins||114|
|26||23||Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore||60|