V8SC | Tander brings back Brock memories in Townsville

2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Castrol Edge Townsville 400

Preview and News from Reid Park, Townsville QLD

Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde

The V8 Supercar Championship makes it second consecutive trip north to escape the winter for the sixth round of the season.

This weekend the V8 Supercars will take to the streets of Townsville for the Castrol Edge Townsville 400 for two 200KM races.

Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew/Prodrive Racing Australia) leads the championship extending his lead over rival Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia) by 95 points. Fabian Coulthard (Freightliner Racing/Brad Jones Racing) is close behind Lowndes by just 60 points.

The 2014 Champion Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia) continues to struggle back in eight place with Garth Tander (Holden Racing Team) and Rick Kelly (Nissan Motorsport) hot on his heels in ninth and tenth respectively.

Whincup will need a good result this weekend to have any chance at claiming his seventh V8 Supercars title.

V8 Supercars News

After a hot and bruising encounter in Darwin, teams have been hard at work preparing for Townsville this weekend.

A number of teams have chosen this round to show off new liveries with the Holden Racing Team unveiling a special 1997 retro Peter Brock tribute, Brock’s last season in V8 Supercars.

Paying homage to the famous Brock 05 number, Garth Tander has changed his number to 02 for the weekend.

MyDrive | Holden Racing Team - Retro Livery Townsville

MyDrive | Holden Racing Team – Retro Livery Townsville 400


Nissan Motorsport has also unveiled a new livery for the Townsville round with Michael Caruso’s Nissan Altima running a Nissan GT Academy livery.

Todd Kelly’s Nissan Altima will also receive a new look for the category’s endurance races and for the length of the 2016 series with Carsales.com.au signing on as a primary backer.

V8 Supercars action kicks off on Friday in Townsville’s Reid Park, with practice, before qualifying and racing on Saturday and Sunday.


Little has changed at the top of the Championship table with Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew) still in the lead with 1165 points followed by Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia) 1070 points and Fabian Coulthard (Freightliner Racing) on 1010 points.

A successful and consistent weekend for Winterbottom’s teammate Chaz Mostert moves him up into fourth in the championship standings.

Position Driver Points
1  Mark Winterbottom 1165
2  Craig Lowndes 1070
3  Fabian Coulthard 1010
4  Chaz Mostert  991
5  Shane Van Gisbergen  940
6  James Courtney  935
7  David Reynolds  925
8  Jamie Whincup  879
9  Garth Tander  870
10  Rick Kelly  771
11  Todd Kelly  678
12  Tim Slade  635
13  Jason Bright  634
14  Michael Caruso  624
15  Nick Percat  623
16  Will Davison  601
17  James Moffat  585
18  Scott McLaughlin  573
19  Dale Wood  543
20  Lee Holdsworth  503
21  Tim Blanchard  452
22  David Wall  435
23  Scott Pye  431
24  Andre Heimgartner  422
25  Ashley Walsh  325
26  Marcos Ambrose  125

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