Double Top 10 for the Holden Racing Team
PICTURED: The Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney finished today’s 250km race in a credible fifth place.
The Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney fought through the field to finish today’s 78-lap race at the Clipsal 500 in fifth position.
Teammate Garth Tander also finished inside the top 10, taking the chequered flag in a well earned seventh position after starting 18th.
With qualifying for today’s race completed yesterday, both HRT drivers participated in this morning’s warm-up session which saw teams cycle through their race preparation ahead of the first of the weekend’s two 250km races.
With the first race of the 2013 season underway, both Courtney and Tander made good starts and circulated competitively gaining valuable track position in the early part of the race. Having started further down the order, Tander was called into pit for the first time on lap 17 while Courtney made his stop a short time later on lap 19.
After the second round of pitstops had concluded, both drivers found themselves inside the top 10 but unfortunately not in a position to challenge the lead pack. A spirited final stint from both Courtney and Tander delivered a very positive double top 10 result for the Holden Racing Team.
Red Bull Racing Australia’s Craig Lowndes took the first race win of the season ahead of Ford Performance Racing’s Will Davison and Jamie Whincup.
The Clipsal 500 in Adelaide continues tomorrow with qualifying from 11:05am followed by the second 250km race of the weekend which is set to commence at 2:35pm.
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Garth Tander, #2 Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore:
“I got through the field quite well in the early part of the race but then got stuck behind Scott (McLaughlin) later and I was unable to find a way past.
“We managed to stay out of trouble and when a few other guys dropped off towards the end, we found ourselves in seventh.
“We’re reasonably happy with the result but we need to make improvements overnight in order to be more competitive tomorrow.”
James Courtney, #22 Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore:
“I managed to get off the line well at the beginning of the race - the car was pretty good during the first stint and we made up a couple of positions.
“Some of the other guys had a bit better pace than us during the middle part of the race and as we got closer to the end, I struggled a bit with overall car speed.
“It was a bit of an up and down race but it was quite a good result to come home fifth with a brand new car – we definitely have more work to do but it was a pleasing start.”