Waters wins as both Triple Eight drivers cop penalties

Cameron Waters

Tickford Racing’s Cameron Waters has won as both Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup copped penalties in a dramatic Race 17 at the WD-40 Townsville SuperSprint.

Whincup was second at the chequered flag but officially fifth once he had 15 seconds added to his race time for speeding in pit lane, while Red Bull Ampol Racing team-mate van Gisbergen drove back up to sixth after serving a 15-second hold for a driving infringement.

Victory for Waters (#6 Monster Energy Mustang) in Race 17 of the Repco Supercars Championship was set up when he was able to nab track position on Anton De Pasquale as the early leader came up to speed just after his compulsory pit stop.

De Pasquale was classified second in the #11 Shell V-Power Mustang, ahead of Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore) and Tim Slade (#3 CoolDrive Mustang).

Behind Whincup and van Gisbergen in the classification was Scott Pye (#20 DeWalt ZB Commodore), ahead of James Courtney (#44 Boost Mobile Mustang), Todd Hazelwood (#14 Tools.com ZB Commodore), and Will Brown (#9 Pedders ZB Commodore).

Van Gisbergen thus leads the championship by a slightly reduced, 239-point margin over Whincup, while Waters took the maximum 105-point haul having also set the fastest lap around the Reid Park Street Circuit.

“Yeah, the old over and under,” said the winner, post-race about his decisive pass.

“I knew I had to do it then.

“So pumped; last week we got smoked and to bounce back it’s absolutely unreal.

“Massive shout-out to Pottsy at home,” added Waters about regular engineer Sam Potter, who is sidelined due to surgery.

“He’s got his leg up [but] he had a lot to contribute to this win so, yeah, a big thanks to him and Ozzie [Nathaniel Osborne] slotted in.

It was a furious opening handful of laps to the contest.

Pole-sitter De Pasquale (#11 Mustang) made a slightly worse getaway than fellow front-row starter Waters but retained top spot courtesy of the inside line at Turn 2, with Whincup (#88 ZB Commodore) taking up third, from Will Davison (#17 Shell V-Power Mustang) and Mostert.

Brodie Kostecki (#99 Boost Mobile ZB Commodore) made a huge dive at Turn 2 to move into sixth, ahead of Hazelwood, van Gisbergen (#97 ZB Commodore), Courtney, and Nick Percat (#8 R&J Batteries ZB Commodore).

Hazelwood went down the inside of Brodie Kostecki when they arrived at Turn 11 for the first time, with van Gisbergen following, but #99 went deep two corners later.

He nudged Hazelwood wide and that forced van Gisbergen to prop as well, meaning the Erebus Motorsport driver was back up to sixth.

Van Gisbergen went for a forceful Turn 13 move of his own on Lap 2, making side-to-side contact with Brodie Kostecki that ultimately saw Car #99 graze the pit wall as he dropped outside the top 10.

Further ahead, Waters shook off early pressure from Whincup as his deficit to De Pasquale fluctuated around one second in the early stages.

Davison had ceded fourth to Mostert by the time van Gisbergen came hunting on Lap 5, and once again the championship leader made contact as he fired Car #97 down the inside at Turn 13.

Both van Gisbergen and Brodie Kostecki were soon handed 15-second penalties for driving infringements, but it was not clear as to which incident the former was punished for.

De Pasquale got as far as 1.4s clear of Waters, although the gap was just under 1.0s when the latter pitted on Lap 16.

He was followed into the lane by Whincup and both took three fresh tyres, although Triple Eight Race Engineering was relatively slow on the service for the latter.

A critical moment came a lap later when De Pasquale exited the pits from a like pit stop because, while he covered at Turn 2, Waters was able to drive past the #11 Mustang on the run up Charters Towers Road and nick the effective race lead.

Meanwhile, van Gisbergen had passed Mostert for fourth on Lap 12, before pitting and serving his 15-second hold on Lap 21.

Davison had his own drama when he was in the lane at the same time as #97, Dick Johnson Racing reverting to a two-tyre stop but having to leave the hardest-working, left-rear on the #17 Mustang when it got snagged.

Once the cycle was just about complete, Waters led by around 0.8s from De Pasquale, who was followed by Whincup and Mostert, the latter of whom reportedly took only two tyres.

Whincup, however, had just been assessed a 15-second penalty for pit lane speeding, meaning he was effectively seventh.

Tim Slade (#3 CoolDrive Mustang) sat an official fifth, but effectively fourth, while Davison was an effective 11th and van Gisbergen an effective 13th.

De Pasquale came to pressure Waters, but soon had the threat of Whincup in his mirrors, with the Triple Eight driver needing to get by in order to minimise the impact of his penalty.

Whincup made the move when the DJR driver ran wide at Turn 11 on Lap 31, but there was little consequence for De Pasquale from that mishap.

Waters was eight tenths up on #88 at the chequered flag but officially won by 2.8708s from the #11 Mustang, with Mostert another 1.5871s back in third.

The battle for fourth came down to race against the clock between Slade and Whincup, the latter of whom came up less than seven tenths of a second shy of Car #3.

Van Gisbergen was back into the top 10 when he passed Brown at the end of Lap 28, before squeezing by Percat on Lap 29 at Turn 5, and going underneath Hazelwood later that lap at Turn 11.

The 2016 champion picked off Pye on Lap 33 at Turn 13, and made his final pass on Courtney on Lap 34 at Turn 11.

Davison salvaged 11th, and Brodie Kostecki was last finisher in 22nd.

Not classified were Fabian Coulthard (#19 Local Legends ZB Commodore), who crawled home having run out of fuel, and Macauley Jones (#96 Coca-Cola ZB Commodore), who was a victim of early biff in the pack.

The qualifying sessions which will set the grids for Race 18 and Race 19 will be held back-to-back tomorrow from 10:25 local time/AEST.

Results: Race 17, WD-40 Townsville SuperSprint Updated*

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 39 49:49.8424
2 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 39 49:52.7132
3 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 39 49:54.3003
4 3 CoolDrive Racing Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 39 50:04.9995
5 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 39 50:05.6519
6 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 39 50:06.8171
7 20 DEWALT Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 39 50:09.5715
8 44 Boost Mobile Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 39 50:12.8629
9 14 tools.com Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 39 50:17.5660
10 9 Erebus Pedders Racing William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 39 50:18.8280
11 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 39 50:23.7477
12 35 Yellow Cover Racing Zane Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 39 50:24.6134
13 8 R&J Batteries Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 39 50:29.2282
14 5 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Mustang GT 39 50:29.9404
15 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 39 50:35.3019
16 34 UNIT Racing Jake Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 39 50:42.6877
17 4 SCT Logistics Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 39 50:44.0280
18 22 Team SYDNEY Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 39 50:47.2074
19 7 NED Whisky Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Mustang GT 39 51:05.3605
20 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 38 50:16.7331
21 2 Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 38 50:27.5730
22 99 Erebus Boost Mobile Racing Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 38 51:02.1417
NC 19 Local Legends Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore ZB 38 51:09.0462
NC 96 Coca-Cola Racing Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 1 1:45.0382

Fastest lap (bonus): Cameron Waters 1:14.2492s, Lap 3
* Car #22 15sec penalty

Drivers’ championship Updated

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 1729
2 Jamie Whincup 1490
3 Chaz Mostert 1364
4 Cameron Waters 1361
5 Will Davison 1339
6 Anton De Pasquale 1112
7 Nick Percat 1036
8 Mark Winterbottom 1026
9 James Courtney 972
10 William Brown 955
11 Andre Heimgartner 892
12 Brodie Kostecki 889
13 Tim Slade 834
14 David Reynolds 834
15 Scott Pye 832
16 Bryce Fullwood 829
17 Jack Le Brocq 814
18 Todd Hazelwood 772
19 Zane Goddard 662
20 Jake Kostecki 634
21 Jack Smith 526
22 Macauley Jones 498
23 Garry Jacobson 480
24 Fabian Coulthard 458
25 Thomas Randle 260
26 Kurt Kostecki 222

Teams’ championship Updated

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 88 97 Triple Eight Race Engineering 3219
2 11 17 (100) Dick Johnson Racing 2451
3 6 44 Tickford Racing 2333
4 2 25 Walkinshaw Andretti United 2193
5 9 99 Erebus Motorsport 1844
6 18 20 Team 18 1833
7 8 14 Brad Jones Racing 1722
8 7 26 Kelly Grove Racing 1696
9 34 35 Matt Stone Racing 1296
10 4 96 Brad Jones Racing 1024
11 19 22 Team Sydney 938
12 3 Blanchard Racing Team 834
13 5 Tickford Racing 814
14 55 Tickford Racing 260
15 27 Walkinshaw Andretti United 222

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