Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden) took the Saturday split 60/60-km race of the Coates Hire Ipswich 360 on the Red Bull test track from pole, half a second ahead of Scott McLaughlin (Fujitsu GRM, Holden), with Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford) finishing third. Whincup dominated, leading at the halfway mark as well over McLaughlin and teammate Craig Lowndes.
Two rookies, however, took wins in the 100-km Sunday races, McLaughlin finishing first in Round 23 and Wilson Security Racing’s Chaz Mostert (Ford) making it first to the line in Round 24. McLaughlin topped James Courtney (Holden Racing Team). Mostert beat Pepsi Max Crew FPR teammates Will Davison and Winterbottom to the line, making an all-Ford podium.
McLaughlin was in contention for this race as well though, running P2 until being removed by a cut tire. “I thought I was done for when I had 17 laps to go and the tires were starting to go away in the rear,” said Mostert. “[McLaughlin] was very consistent and he has come a long way in the last couple of years and it is a real credit to race against him in the main series.” Mostert and McLaughlin were both stars in the developmental Dunlop Series last year.
Mostert, on loan from FPR to WSR, was the 10th different winner this year. McLaughlin’s win was the second of his rookie campaign and sealed the 2013 manufacturer’s championship for Holden.
McLaughlin and team will be moving to Volvo S60s next season, as the mark makes its V8 Supercars factory debut. Volvo Car Australia, Volvo Car Group’s global motorsport partner Polestar, and Garry Rogers Motorsport last month formed Volvo Polestar Racing. The Swedish team will produce the V8 engine and assist GRM in overall development.
Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia), Holden – 1808
Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia), Holden – 1674
Will Davison (Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford), Ford – 1592
Red Bull Racing Australia – 3492
Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford – 3178
Brad Jones Racing – 3009