Townsville V8 Supercars: Garth Tander heads Holden 1-2 in race two
|Saturday, July 5th 2014, 07:59 GMT|
Holden Racing Team claimed a one-two in the second V8 Supercars race at Townsville as Garth Tander and James Courtney atoned for a disappointing opening encounter.
Both drivers were the victim of contact in a wild opening race but this time Tander won from team-mate Courtney after both capitalised on a mistake from poleman Fabian Coulthard in the second half of the race.
Coulthard held the advantage after the start as Shane van Gisbergen made the best getaway and attacked fourth-placed starter Scott McLaughlin's Volvo, with contact dropping McLaughlin to sixth.
Brad Jones Holden driver Coulthard quickly built up a gap to fellow front-row starter Nick Percat, with van Gisbergen, Will Davison, Craig Lowndes and McLaughlin in close company behind.
McLaughlin dropped out of contention during the pitstops as he was found guilty of speeding in the pitlane and handed a drive-through penalty, while Davison was pinged for making contact with Michael Caruso in the pits, which left the Nissan driver out of the race.
Another driver to lose out during the mandatory stops was Percat, as a delay on the left-rear dropped him to seventh.
On track, Coulthard lost the lead with a wide moment that dropped him behind Tander and Courtney, up from 11th and eighth on the grid respectively.
A safety car for debris gave Coulthard a chance to fight but he ultimately had to settle for third, while van Gisbergen held onto fourth.
Ford's Chaz Mostert put in an excellent performance to climb from 12th to fifth, holding off the top three in the championship - Lowndes, Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom (who started 19th) - in the closing stages.
Results - 44 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Garth Tander HRT Holden 57m38.3580s 2. James Courtney HRT Holden +2.342s 3. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden +4.087s 4. Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Holden +9.081s 5. Chaz Mostert FPR Ford +9.623s 6. Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Holden +9.822s 7. Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden +10.334s 8. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford +10.791s 9. Nick Percat Walkinshaw/HRT Holden +12.331s 10. Russell Ingall Dumbrell Holden +12.863s 11. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford +15.201s 12. Scott Pye Dick Johnson Ford +16.383s 13. David Wall Dick Johnson Ford +20.136s 14. James Moffat Nissan +20.596s 15. Scott McLaughlin GRM Volvo +20.923s 16. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Mercedes +21.244s 17. Will Davison Erebus Mercedes +29.018s 18. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden +29.052s 19. Rick Kelly Nissan +36.217s 20. Todd Kelly Nissan +36.491s 21. Jack Perkins Schwerkolt/FPR Ford +39.377s 22. Robert Dahlgren GRM Volvo +39.799s 23. Dale Wood Britek/BJR Holden +42.043s Retirements Tim Slade Rosenberg/HRT Holden 11 laps Michael Caruso Nissan 3 laps