Holden’s Jamie Whincup stood on the highest step of the podium today, claiming the Gold Coast 600 final race .
Whincup finished with a massive gap of nine seconds in front of Shane van Gisbergen’s Holden who came in second, and Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin third in the final 300km race on the Gold Coast.
This win keeps alive Whincup’s chances and hopes for a seventh series title which will make him the only driver ever to do so.
“I wasn’t out here to make amends for what happened a fortnight ago,” Whincup said in reference to the incident of Bathurst’s Lap 161 a fortnight ago.
“The criticism after Bathurst didn’t really affect me. It did upset my team and family a little bit, but I was having too much fun to worry about what the minority think.
“And after the drama at Bathurst it was good to see everyone was still driving hard here – nothing had changed, it was go hard or go home.”
When asked what he thought of his chances for a seventh title , Whincup said:
“We’ve had some bad luck the last couple of rounds so it will be a tall ask from here but we will race hard until the last lap in the last round in Sydney.”
It was good to see Fabian Coulthard complete the 102 lap race after a heavy shunt from Garth Tander behind him caused him to crash on Saturday.
It’s a testament to the talent at DJR Team Penske who worked through the night to ensure Coulthard fronted for race two qualifying on Sunday morning. Coulthard came in 15th at the end of the race.
Garth Tander was given a 10 position grid penalty for crashing into Coulthard, and that gave him an 11th place finish at the end of the day.
The next race is scheduled to be in Auckland on November 4.