The all-new Holden Commodore Supercar has continued to perform at the highest level with three from four race wins at this weekend’s Coates Hire Melbourne 400, Round 2 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Picking up wins aboard the all-new Commodore was David Reynolds of Erebus Penrite Racing, Scott Pye of Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing and Jamie Whincup of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.
Whincup’s consistent weekend also saw him take home the inaugural Larry Perkins Trophy for the most points across the weekend.
It was a memorable day on Saturday for Scott Pye who produced a stunning drive in treacherous conditions to score his maiden Supercars win in the 25-lap feature race.
The rain-affected race produced an absolute nail biting finish which saw the Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing Commodore also take a debut win under the Walkinshaw Andretti United banner.
In what was a super day for the Holden, Race 5 saw six all-new Commodores occupy the top-6 spots on the results sheet.
After a podium at the opening round in Adelaide earlier this month Reynolds and the entire Erebus Motorsport squad were ecstatic to take home the gold from Sunday’s final 13-lap sprint race.
The Brad Jones Racing outfit also put the foot forward over the weekend with outstanding results for both Nick Percat and Tim Slade with Percat the pick of the crop with two podium finishes behind the wheel of this all-new Commodore Supercar.
It was a mixed weekend for Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen but an outstanding drive from 26th on the grid to 13th in Sunday’s race sees the Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver maintain a 49 point lead in the standings over Reynolds.
The Red Bull Holden Racing Team now leads the Teams’ Championship by 93 points over Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing.
“To get the LP [Larry Perkins] Trophy is great, it’s quite a nice trophy, it’s full carbon and super light so it’ll look fantastic in the workshop. I’m not trying to be consistent, it’s definitely win or bust and I definitely wanted to win a few races this weekend and we got one which is great, more than 23 other guys and girls. We were 200 points down [in the drivers’ championship standings] after Adelaide which was not comfortable but now we’re back more around the 100 mark and that’s a more comfortable place to sit.”
“To get a win here this weekend is pretty special and you know, when you stand on the podium and they play the Formula 1 music, I felt like Daniel Ricciardo, just for a split second, and yeah it was a really good day. If I didn’t win today it would have been a bit of an average weekend for me and I’m trying to set really high standards and goals for our team so we can achieve more together. We’ve still got areas we need to work on but it’s really promising to get the win today [Sunday].
“A really special day today [Saturday], certainly in those conditions to get the win was a very special moment. Great job by the boys, the pit stop again was fast, they did a great job. The calls at the end were the right ones, and they paid off. It was a close call at the end when I locked the rears just after I adjusted the brake bias and had to go on the defence, but I knew the car was fast enough to get the win. A very special moment to get the first one, I’m really proud of the team, and it’s one that is going to stay with me for a long time.”