Supercars’ journey within the northern areas of Australia continued with the battle on the streets of Far North Queensland on the Townsville 400.
Milestones, infernos, driver futures and a little bit of moist climate formed a novel weekend in Townsville and listed below are the speaking factors from a loopy Supercars race assembly.
Moist’n’Wild Race 18
There was a rain-affected affair for the primary time within the historical past of Supercars racing in Townsville, which produced an unprecedented final result and loads of chaos.
The beginning noticed a conflict between championship chief and Saturday winner Scott McLaughlin and Saturday pole-sitter David Reynolds, with the latter having come worse off with bent steering.
Cameron Waters, who began from pole, led early within the greasy circumstances from 400th race-starter Fabian Coulthard and behind was Todd Hazelwood together with Shane van Gisbergen and a fast-starting Jamie Whincup earlier than he crashed out at Flip 6.
Anton de Pasquale within the sister Erebus automobile was in rivalry for a profession finest consequence, although due to superior technique from Triple Eight, Van Gisbergen mastered the moist circumstances to take his second win of the season.
It was a fourth-place end for De Pasquale, whereas after beginning down in 16th, Chaz Mostert make it as much as fifth throughout the chaotic race.
Underneath a Security Automobile end, it was Coulthard and Waters who drove dwelling to finish the podium behind the Commodore of Van Gisbergen, who by successful Race 18 had denied Ford from clinching the producer’s championship this weekend.
Simona de Silvestro equalled her profession finest end in tenth within the Kelly Nissan, behind Michael Caruso who made a full-time return rather than the injured Richie Stanaway for Garry Rogers Motorsport.
Fellow GRM driver in James Golding achieved his finest consequence as a solo driver up in seventh, which is one place up from his profession finest end on the Bathurst 1000 in 2018.
Crew participant Reynolds
Motorsport could be very a lot a group sport, regardless of the onus closely being on the drivers delivering outcomes on observe. And for Erebus and David Reynolds in Race 17, they had been hit by this actuality.
Having claimed his first pole place of the season, Reynolds was in a powerful spot early within the race to problem for a primary win of 2019, although throughout his second pit-stop there was issues with the left-rear wheel nut.
The Erebus pit crew scrambled to connect the troubled nut, which value Reynolds essential time in opposition to the leaders and in the end was consigned to ending sixth.
Following the race, the 2017 Bathurst winner dismissed the pit-stop hassle and defended his group by stating that “it’s part of group sport” when points like this come up in motorsport.
Race 18 sadly didn’t get any higher for Reynolds, with him boldly attempting to move McLaughlin down the within at Flip 1 on a greasy opening lap, leading to injury for each vehicles and leaving the Erebus worse off with a bent steering arm.
Reynolds completed 4 laps off the lead ultimately down in 20th, whereas McLaughlin made a strong comeback to 11th to minimise the loss in his championship lead, which now stands at 292 factors over teammate Coulthard.
Vehicles on hearth
Usually the expression ‘being on hearth’ would relate profitable type, although two drivers throughout Race 18 in Townsville discovered their vehicles actually on hearth.
One other troublesome weekend for Nick Percat included an inferno in pit late, which noticed a number of pit personnel from rival groups rush to extinguish the flames prompted from a bungled refuelling.
Upon dropping from being refuelled, the Brad Jones racer ignited the gas left within the pit lane and in addition the rear of the automobile, which then needed to be stopped at pit exit whereas a Security Automobile was deployed to see the race dwelling to the chequered flag.
Percat was in battle with pole sitter Waters in direction of the tip of the Sunday race for a spot on the rostrum earlier than the pit-lane inferno.
Additionally on hearth on the finish of the race was Kelly Racing’s Garry Jacobson, who was ultimately not labeled as a finisher within the chaotic rain affected race.
Holden and Crimson Bull recommit to Triple Eight
It hasn’t been a typical season of success for Triple Eight, nevertheless there was a recommitment from Holden and chief sponsor Crimson Bull for the following two years of the manufacturing unit group.
Triple Eight gained over the manufacturing unit deal from former Holden Racing Crew in Walkinshaw for 2017, in addition to the event function for the present ZB Commodore chassis that gained the championship in the identical yr with Jamie Whincup.
Crimson Bull have been with Triple Eight since 2013 and collectively have claimed 5 group’s championships, in addition to properly as 4 driver’s championships between Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen.
Townsville was the place the Crimson Bull Holden Racing Crew had been mentioned to have type this weekend, nevertheless it has been the same weekend so far as struggling for qualifying velocity after which having robust race tempo.
Whincup battled arduous with McLaughlin in Race 17, although in the end was the runner-up to the dominant Ford driver. Van Gisbergen in the meantime was a strong fourth, although was unable to problem Mostert for a spot on the rostrum.
A race ending crash for the winless Whincup, although, on Sunday summarises the luckless season that Triple Eight have been having, whereas Van Gisbergen took a win beneath Security Automobile.
The benchmark DJR Crew Penske have gotten the ball rolling within the newest Supercars foolish season, saying the retention of each their incumbent drivers for 2020.
There was uncertainty over the lineup on the Shell V-Energy group, with Coulthard’s drive seemingly being on the road to the off-contract Chaz Mostert and McLaughlin probably making an early departure to the US to race with Crew Penske there.
Nevertheless, that’s been put to relaxation with the successful duo of McLaughlin and Coulthard set to race on for the dominant Ford squad for a minimum of one other season.
What this has accomplished now’s shut the door for Mostert at DJR Crew Penske, although its been reported closely that the 2014 Bathurst 1000 winner is about for a sensational producer swap – shifting as a Ford stalwart over to Holden.
The potential vacation spot for Mostert has been speculated as Walkinshaw Andretti United, who see their each their drivers in James Courtney and Scott Pye with their futures unsure having endured an uncompetitive 2019 season to this point.
If Mostert left Tickford, the emptiness on the Victorian Ford squad is alleged to be on the radar of Simona de Silvestro, who has enlisted the assistance of former Supercars CEO James Warburton to land a plum drive for 2020.
Different names corresponding to Tickford enduro driver Caruso and Tekno incumbent Jack Le Brocq will even be key gamers available on the market, in addition to Hazelwood – qualifying a profession finest fourth for Race 18 – who faces uncertainty over the way forward for the Matt Stone Racing entry.
Extra might be recognized over the approaching weeks, however it’s sure shake-up is on the playing cards for 2020 and Mostert arguably is the important thing contender.