Is van Gisbergen favourite for Townsville Supercar rounds?

With a 221-point lead over team mate Jamie Whincup, and having dominated much of this season, Shane van Gisbergen heads to the Repco Australia Supercars Championship Townsville double header as favourite.  Coupled with the fact that he won the second leg of the 2020 double-header at Townsville on a canter, is there anything that is likely to stop the Kiwi?

Well the answer is yes.  Sitting third overall is Chaz Mostert, just nine-points behind Whincup and in fifth is Cameron Waters.  Both these drivers finished well in all six races when Townsville hosted a double header weekend in 2020.

Mostert claimed two third’s and a second placing while Waters finished runner up three times.

“I’m super pumped to get to Townsville, not just for one weekend but for two,” Waters said.

“We went pretty well there last year, it was probably the turning point for us with car speed, and we got a heap of podiums, so it will be good to get back up there.

“It’s nice and warm, and the car should work pretty well up there as well.”

Townsville is credited as the turning point for Waters in 2020.  From sixth overall before the two rounds, the Tickford driver continued to move up the rankings over the rest of the season, eventually finishing second overall to Scott McLaughlin.

This weekend’s NTI Townsville 500 will present drivers with several challenges as they tackle the two 250km races. 

Refueling returns as does the Dunlop Soft Tyre compound.  After four sprint rounds, driver fitness is likely to play a part with the longer races.

A second weekend of racing in Townsville will see the WD-40 Townsville SuperSprint take place 17-18 July 2021 with three sprint races.

Drivers’ championship after 14 races (Top 15)

1Shane van Gisbergen1361
2Jamie Whincup1140
3Chaz Mostert1131
4Will Davison1087
5Cameron Waters1064
6Mark Winterbottom861
7Nick Percat827
8Anton De Pasquale762
9James Courtney744
10William Brown741
11Brodie Kostecki737
12Andre Heimgartner722
13Scott Pye690
14Bryce Fullwood663
15David Reynolds644

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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