HRT ends V8 winless streak with one-two

HRT ends V8 winless streak with one-two

Supercars Championship

HRT ends V8 winless streak with one-two

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Garth Tander ended Holden Racing Team’s winless streak of 58 races by taking victory in the second leg of V8 Supercars’ Townsville weekend.

Tander made a great getaway from fourth on the grid to run in second during the opening phase of the race, but the turning point came on lap nine when Lee Holdsworth’s Erebus Mercedes ground to a halt at Turn 11.

With the safety car deployed the HRT crew opted to adopt a different strategy to most of those around them by pitting Tander early and putting him on the softer tire compound.

From there he put in a succession of quick laps and filtered his way to the front of the field, eventually passing Mark Winterbottom for the lead on lap 22.

Tander then managed to eke out a sizeable gap to the chasing pack and made his second stop on lap 39 for a change of rear tires without conceding position, before going on to take the chequered flag.

Following Tander over the finishing line was team-mate James Courtney, who also adopted a two-stop strategy, and in doing so gave HRT its first one-two finish since Sandown in 2009.

Completing the rostrum was Shane van Gisbergen who made a brilliant recovery from starting 21st, having been caught out by a late red flag during qualifying, and was also tapped into a spin at Turn 2 on the opening lap.

He too made an early stop to get on the softer tires and reaped the rewards in doing so.

Poleman Winterbottom brought his Ford Performance Racing Ford home in fourth after making just one stop, while Russell Ingall performed brilliantly to finish fifth after starting way back in 24th.

Craig Lowndes struggled in his Triple 8 Holden all afternoon to take seventh, but teammate Jamie Whincup experienced a more torrid race as he lacked pace while running on the harder tires during the opening stint.

He finished 11th but still leaves Townsville as the championship leader.

Results - 70 laps:Pos  Driver               Team                            Time/Gap 1.  Garth Tander         HRT Holden                 1h30m04.1640s 2.  James Courtney       HRT Holden                      +0.3191s 3.  Shane van Gisbergen  Tekno Holden                    +9.3852s 4.  Mark Winterbottom    FPR Ford                       +21.6028s 5.  Russell Ingall       Walkinshaw/HRT Holden          +27.4962s 6.  Tony D'Alberto       D'Alberto Holden               +27.7474s 7.  Craig Lowndes        Triple 8 Holden                +28.4158s 8.  Tim Slade            Rosenberg/Erebus Mercedes      +30.0529s 9.  Scott McLaughlin     GRM Holden                     +34.5332s10.  Will Davison         FPR Ford                       +36.8378s11.  Jamie Whincup        Triple 8 Holden                +36.9797s12.  Jonathon Webb        Tekno Holden                   +37.5389s13.  Chaz Mostert         Dick Johnson Ford              +46.4717s14.  James Moffat         Nissan                         +47.7656s15.  Todd Kelly           Nissan                         +49.5826s16.  Jason Bright         Brad Jones Holden              +51.9163s17.  Fabian Coulthard     Brad Jones Holden              +52.6355s18.  Alex Davison         Schwerkolt/FPR Ford            +55.1586s19.  Alexandre Premat     GRM Holden                     +55.5852s20.  Rick Kelly           Nissan                         +59.7228s21.  Scott Pye            Dumbrell Holden              +1m00.0182s22.  Michael Caruso       Nissan                       +1m08.6171s23.  Tim Blanchard        Dick Johnson Ford            +1m08.6852s24.  Dean Fiore           Dumbrell Holden                   +1 lap25.  David Wall           Britek/BJR Holden                 +1 lap26.  David Reynolds       Rod Nash/FPR Ford               +10 laps27.  Maro Engel           Erebus Mercedes                 +13 lapsRetirements:        Lee Holdsworth          Erebus Mercedes             6 laps

MX-5 CUP | ROUND 8 – WATKINS GLEN

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