Shane van Gisbergen wins the Watpac Townsville 400 – Drive Safe and Fast

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Published on July 10th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Shane van Gisbergen wins the Watpac Townsville 400

Van Gisbergen made the most of starting from pole, keeping the lead off the line as Whincup and McLaughlin fell to fourth and 11th, from second and seventh. David Reynolds and Rick Kelly slotted into second and third, but were both passed by Whincup by lap five.

The factory Commodores pulled away at the front of the field through the first stint, van Gisbergen’s advantage trimmed from 1.6 seconds to 0.8s by the time Whincup pitted on lap 18.

McLaughlin got back up to ninth before making the race’s first pitstop on lap 13, with a shorter fuel fill in a bid to get clean air.

Van Gisbergen stayed out until lap 24 and came out behind both Whincup – by 7s – and McLaughlin, and just ahead of Reynolds. He moved past McLaughlin on lap 28, as the Shell Ford’s earlier stop started to show. With his tyres dropping off, McLaughlin was unable to stay with the top two.

Whincup’s lead was cut as the tyre strategies played out in the second stint, and van Gisbergen made a pass for the lead into Turn 11 as they navigated lapped traffic on lap 43. Racing resumed with five laps to go, and while Whincup went with van Gisbergen he could not mount a challenge. The pair ultimately crossed the line split by 0.7822s.

Watpac Townsville 400 Results

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP

SUNDAY
RACE 18
OFFICIAL
  • Session Type: Race
  • Date: Sun 08 Jul 2018
  • Start: 16:05
  • Finish: 17:45
  • Laps: 70 laps
Position / Driver / TeamStartedLapsRace TimePoints
1

Driver number Red Bull Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore ZB

1 0
7001:31:05.6781150
2

Driver number Red Bull Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore ZB

2 0
7001:31:06.4602138
3

Driver number Shell V-Power Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG/X

7 4
7001:31:14.2115129
4

Driver number Autobarn Lowndes Racing Holden Commodore ZB

6 2
7001:31:14.9895120
5

Driver number Supercheap Auto Racing  Ford Falcon FG/X

12 7
7001:31:15.5549111
6

Driver number Erebus Penrite Racing  Holden Commodore ZB

4 2
7001:31:16.9557102
7

Driver number Castrol Racing Nissan Altima

3 4
7001:31:18.859996
8

Driver number Shell V-Power Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG/X

18 10
7001:31:19.087190
9

Driver number Monster Energy Racing  Ford Falcon FG/X

20 11
7001:31:19.779984
10

Driver number Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing Holden Commodore ZB

9 1
7001:31:20.911178
11

Driver number Plus Fitness Racing  Nissan Altima

14 3
7001:31:22.803472
12

Driver number The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG/X

13 1
7001:31:23.102469
13

Driver number Dunlop Racing Holden Commodore ZB

8 5
7001:31:23.504166
14

Driver number Freightliner Racing  Holden Commodore ZB

15 1
7001:31:24.407263
15

Driver number Preston Hire Racing  Holden Commodore ZB

17 2
7001:31:24.837860
16

Driver number Wilson Security Racing GRM  Holden Commodore ZB

24 8
7001:31:25.368857
17

Driver number Erebus Penrite Racing  Holden Commodore ZB

26 9
7001:31:27.258754
18

Driver number Tekno Autosport  Holden Commodore ZB

19 1
7001:31:37.077851
19

Driver number Wilson Security Racing GRM  Holden Commodore ZB

25 6
6901:31:11.377448
20

Driver number RABBLE.club Racing  Ford Falcon FG/X

21 1
6901:31:18.092345
21

Driver number Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing Holden Commodore ZB

10 11
6901:31:21.468742
22

Driver number Team Harvey Norman  Nissan Altima

16 6
6901:31:23.923639
23

Driver number Bigmate Racing Ford Falcon FG/X

22 1
6901:31:31.972936
24

Driver number Team CoolDrive Holden Commodore ZB

23 1
6801:31:35.562133
NC

Driver number Milwaukee Racing  Ford Falcon FG/X

520
6701:27:38.19430
NC

Driver number Drive Racing Nissan Altima

11 15
6001:17:21.97590


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