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Triple 8 on top in Townsville

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Red Bull have dominated at the latest Supercars round in Townsville.

In what was his first race win since the opening round of the season in March, Shane van Gisbergen claimed the win on Sunday, while Triple 8 teammate Jamie Whincup finished on the top step of the podium on Saturday.

It was a brilliant weekend for the Red Bull Holden team as Craig Lowndes celebrated his recent retirement announcement by securing fourth in both races respectively.

“David Cauchi gave me an absolute rocket today, it was a lot of fun. We were able to lead from the start and a one-two for the team, I couldn’t be happier,” Whincup said post race one, his first since April.

“I don’t know what it is about Townsville… it’s just a great event and we dig deep and put in our best performance.”

For van Gisbergen, winning the second race and ending his drought was just as special.

“Man, it’s awesome,” van Gisbergen said. 

“Thanks to the guys and girls, Red Bull Holden Racing Team, our cars have been awesome all weekend.

“Really cool and a good personal day for the 97 crew, turned our car around in qualifying and the race and came out on top.

“As a team, double one-two, that’s awesome.” 

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Scott McLaughlin maintained top spot in the Championship standings, finishing third on Saturday and Sunday despite falling off the pace, using smart strategy to collect a good haul of points. 

van Gisbergen now sits on 1902 points overall, trailing McLaughlin by 132, while Whincup’s solid weekend saw him leapfrog Lowdnes (1602) in the standings to end up on 1630 points.

Whincup and Lowdnes now find themselves in a tight battle with David Reynolds (1643) for third, as Reynolds finished the weekend with seventh and sixth places across the two days of racing. 

The next round of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship heads to Queensland for the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on 20-22 July.

 

Published: 9 July, 2018