Townsville Supercars: Whincup cruises to Race 2 win

Jamie Whincup is two from two on the streets of Townsville after cruising to victory in Sunday’s first race.

For the second day running Whincup was untroubled across the 39 laps, converting pole to a win without conceding the effective lead at any point.

He was particularly strong across the first stint, Whincup able to gap second placed Chaz Mostert by more than six seconds before stopping on Lap 22.

Mostert did manage to halve Whincup’s advantage around the stops, but the seven-time champion was able to comfortably manage that gap in the second stint.

The final margin between the two was right on three seconds.

“The car was fantastic,” said Whincup. “I got good start and had a good battle with Chaz into Turn 2. 

“From there the car was excellent. We don’t normally go long, we normally go pretty short. It was great to go long and have some good tyres for the end there.”

The top two were in a league of their own, Shane van Gisbergen finishing a hefty 16 seconds behind his Red Bull Holden teammate in third. 

That was thanks to a rapid second stint, the Kiwi charging past the likes of Scott McLaughlin, Cam Waters and James Courtney to seal the final spot on the podium.

Waters and Percat finished fourth and fifth, while McLaughlin completed a decent recovery from 13th on the grid to finish sixth. That was largely thanks to impressive tyre life, McLaughlin stopping early but still able to mix it with the likes of Percat at the end.

Whincup’s win did still put a dent in McLaughlin’s series lead, though, the gap now 109 points.

Courtney ran third for much of the race, but a rear locking issue in the last 10 laps proved costly as he slipped all the way back to seventh.

Anton De Pasquale was best of the Erebus Holden in eighth, two spots ahead of teammate David Reynolds, while Scott Pye made up 10 positions to finish ninth by running long and then having the good rubber for the last 12 laps.

Townsville Supercars – Race 2 results:

188 Jamie WhincupHolden Commodore ZB 
225 Chaz MostertHolden Commodore ZB 3.014
397 Shane van GisbergenHolden Commodore ZB 16.131
46 Cameron WatersFord Mustang GT 20.439
58 Nick PercatHolden Commodore ZB 23.789
617 Scott McLaughlinFord Mustang GT 24.365
744 James CourtneyFord Mustang GT 28.637
899 Anton De PasqualeHolden Commodore ZB 29.104
920 Scott PyeHolden Commodore ZB 29.839
109 David ReynoldsHolden Commodore ZB 30.222
115 Lee HoldsworthFord Mustang GT 31.298
1255 Jack Le BrocqFord Mustang GT 31.833
1314 Todd HazelwoodHolden Commodore ZB 33.564
147 Andre HeimgartnerFord Mustang GT 34.381
1512 Fabian CoulthardFord Mustang GT 39.634
1635 Garry JacobsonHolden Commodore ZB 41.489
1718 Mark WinterbottomHolden Commodore ZB 43.741
183 Macauley JonesHolden Commodore ZB 43.944
192 Bryce FullwoodHolden Commodore ZB 45.719
2015 Rick KellyFord Mustang GT 47.010
2134 Zane GoddardHolden Commodore ZB 52.108
2219 Alex DavisonHolden Commodore ZB 52.491
234 Jack SmithHolden Commodore ZB 54.433
2422 Chris PitherHolden Commodore ZB 55.237
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