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Live Diary: Sunday in Townsville 2018

1930 Yet again, team work makes the dream work… What a weekend for our team. Thank you Townsville!

2018 Supercars Championship Round 8. Townsville 400, Reid Park, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Friday 6th July to Sunday 8th July 2018. World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz Photographer Ref: Digital Image DSC_2886.NEF

1900 Here’s what the drivers had to say post-race/media/champagne/fist pumps/etc…

Jamie Whincup – Car #1
Qualifying – Third (Fastest Time: 1:12.4759)
Top Ten ShootoutSecond (Lap Time: 1:12.3386)
Race 2 – Second
Championship – Fourth (1,630 points)

“It has been an unbelievable team result today. The story of my day was the start, I had a poor start and dropped back. Throughout the middle, the tyres were okay but I had to go long due to the poor start. All in all, I couldn’t be happier. We’re not getting carried away, it’s one round. If we qualify well across four or five rounds then we can genuinely say we’re making ground. We’re certainly stepping up and working well as a team. It’s a competition and every competition needs a battle, so I think we’re happy we can bring the battle to the competition. I’ve stopped looking at the championship points, the next few rounds are important – I’m a fair way behind and it’ll be a long shot. It’s just about getting in and racing hard. At the end of the year, it’s about looking back and seeing if we had fun. I’m a long way back but certainly a chance.”

2018 Supercars Championship Round 8. Townsville 400, Reid Park, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Friday 6th July to Sunday 8th July 2018. World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz Photographer Ref: Digital Image DSC_2834.NEF

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
Qualifying – First (Fastest Time: 1:12.2588)
Top Ten ShootoutFirst (Lap Time: 1:12.1042)
Race 2 – First 
Championship – Second (1,902 points)

“We had a huge improvement in qualifying this weekend, so hopefully we can carry that momentum on to future events. All three of us made the shootout but my car was awesome – any time you improve your lap time from qualifying to the shootout is good, I’m really happy. In the race, I got an awesome start and led into turn one before settling into a rhythm but Jamie was just quicker in the first stint. Across the second and third stints of the race my car just got better and better. It was a Red Bull Holden battle after the safety car and we were both pushing really hard but I came out ahead which was awesome. Two one-two finishes for the team this weekend, so I can’t thank the guys enough for giving us good cars.”

Watpac Townsville 400 event 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Townsville. July 5th to 7th 2018

1800 Another incredible race, in a literal swap on yesterday, SVG takes the win while J-dub goes P2. An incredible effort by the team in Townsville this weekend.

1605 Green light, we’re on here ladies and gentlemen!

1500 The team are ready to put on a show… One hour until race time.

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1430 Double winning! We’ve got a front row lockout for this arvos race… SVG maintains his pole position, topping the shootout with a lap time of 1:12.1042. J-Dub goes P2.

Watpac Townsville 400 event 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Townsville. July 5th to 7th 2018

1150 Winning!! SVG takes pole position (pending the Top Ten Shootout) and J-Dub comes through P3.

1000 Our signing session was insane, so many fans here – they were asking for some bloke call Craig?

0800 Later start for us today, then we’re straight into it. But first, come and see us at an autograph session from 10:00am.

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