HOLDEN Racing Team pilot James Courtney sits atop the 2015 Australian V8 Supercars Championship points table after the 2010 Championship winner held off a late charge from fellow Holden driver Shane Van Gisbergen in the dying stages of the 250km third race at Adelaide’s Clipsal 500.
It was a dream ending for the Holden Racing Team on the final day of competition at the Clipsal 500 with James Courtney winning Sunday’s 250km race and Garth Tander joining him on the podium in 3rd.
Both the #2 and #22 Holden Commodores qualified for the Top Ten Shootout and it was Courtney who was victorious in claiming his first pole position of the year, his second pole position at this event. Tander set the 9th fastest time in the shootout but was later advanced two places on the grid to 7th after a timing error was discovered.
In a race filled with turmoil and drama, it was Courtney who held his own at the front of the field, despite battling with Van Gisbergen, who was on fresher tyres, and some close calls during the final laps as the Darrel Lea Stix backed Commodore driver tried to force his way past the HRT driver, to finish on top.
Strong performances from Nissan drivers Rick Kelly and James Moffat looked set to impact the final podium, but the fast closing Nissans just ran out of laps to reach the cars in front. It was a day to forget for the Erebus Motorsport AMG Mercedes team, with both cars struggling with mechanical gremlins.
Freightliner Racing (Brad Jones Racing) driver Fabian Coulthard, showed strong form in Saturday’s duel 125km races that formed the first half of the two day event, with a third behind defending champ Jamie Whincup in Race 1, and a first in Race 2.
Rival teams Volvo Polestar Racing and the various Ford pilots all battled for position and podiums throughout the weekend, but just couldn’t convert their qualifying form into race results.
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