A week has made a difference to the Repco Australia Supercars Championship and the dominance of the Red Bull Ampol Racing Team. Both Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup received separate penalties and finished off the podium at the WD-40 Townsville SuperSprint opener.
Cameron Waters claimed his second win of 2021 from Anton De Pasquale and Chaz Mostert, followed home by Tim Slade.
Having won both races (15 and 16), last weekend, at the start of the back to back Townsville rounds, van Gisbergen could only qualify in sixth and copped a 15-second penalty after he muscled past the #99 Boost Mobile Erebus Commodore of Brodie Kostecki at Turn 13. Whincup suffered from a similar penalty for a pit-lane speeding infringement. Whincup eventually finished fifth with van Gisbergen sixth.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t quite get the tyre phasing right in qualifying, and then in the shootout,” commented van Gisbergen. “There was no communication with race control, and I didn’t manage to pull together a qualifying lap that I was happy with.
“The race itself was good racing, I thought. I made a pass on Brodie (Kostecki) which was alright, but then he kept on hitting me on the right rear, and I couldn’t hold it tight because he kept straightening me up, and then he pushed us both wide. I tried to give him space, but he kept leaning on me, and it straightened my car up.
“Our car is the fastest car out there, but we just didn’t do the best job today, nor did I. We need to think about that and do better tomorrow.”
The WD-40 Townsville SuperSprint will continue on Sunday with two ARMOR ALL Qualifying sessions and Races 18 and 19.