The debut of the all-new Holden Commodore Supercar couldn’t have been any more dominant with Shane van Gisbergen and his Red Bull Holden winning both races at this weekend’s Adelaide 500 – the opening round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Van Gisbergen left the competition in his wake, showcasing the strength and racing potential of the all-new Commodore Supercar which dominated the event with van Gisbergen also securing both pole positions for the weekend.
It was not only van Gisbergen flying the flag high for Holden with Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds and the Garry Rogers Motorsport Commodore of Garth Tander making it a podium clean sweep today coupled with yesterday’s one-two result for Holden – with James Courtney (2nd) joining van Gisbergen on the podium, on Saturday.
“What an awesome day. The all-new Commodore is awesome,” van Gisbergen said.
“To have a one-two yesterday and then a one-two-three today for Holden is a pretty special moment for everyone,”
“I can’t thank the guys here and back at the workshop enough, its been an amazing three months watching these new cars come onboard.”
General Motors Holden Executive Director of Marketing, Mark Harland says the double win on debut and five Holdens on a possible six podium spots this weekend reaffirms Holden’s commitment to Australian motorsport and winning on the racetrack.
“This is a fantastic result for the all-new Holden Commodore Supercar and what the Red Bull Holden Racing Team have produced to secure consecutive wins on debut is nothing short of exceptional,” Harland said.
“Motorsport is in Holden’s DNA. We’re here to win and this weekend sends a message to our fans that Commodore is an integral part of the Holden makeup and a sensational car both on and off the track.
“Across the weekend we’ve seen five all-new Holden Commodore Supercars on a possible six podium spots and we’re really proud off all our Holden teams with Erebus Motorsport, Walkinshaw Andretti United and Garry Rogers Motorsport all joining the Red Bull Holden Racing team in taking home silverware this weekend.”
“Like our road cars these Commodore Supercars are locally engineered right here in Australia for Australian conditions and today has proven that Australian engineering is a winner for Holden.”
Reynolds was ecstatic with his result as he now sits second in the drivers’ standings after the opening round.
“Unbelievable! If you said I was going to finish fourth and second this weekend I wouldn’t have believed you,” Reynolds said.
“We’re just going to try and continue with our strong pace and maximise every lap, every blocking opportunity, every passing opportunity and hunt the championship down.”
Holden’s winning debut also transferred over to the inaugural ECB SuperUte Series (a support category to the Supercars Championship) with the Holden Colorado taking victory in Race 2 with Ross Stone Racing and Kiwi driver Tom Alexander.
ACDelco Holden Colorado driver Tomas Gasperak had a vastly improved Race 2 and 3, reducing his fastest lap times on his way to two top-10 results.
The 15-year-old racer has made an incredible start to his campaign given his young age and will take plenty of experience from the event as he looks to progress his skills in the SuperUte series, as he forges a path to the Supercars Championship.
The Supercars Championship will continue at the Rolex Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix from March 22-25.