SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP CHANGE
Toll HSV team driver Garth Tander has fought his way back to the top of the V8 Supercar championship after a clean sweep of all three races at Queensland Raceway , taking the lanky West Australian's record at the Ipswich circuit to six wins from six races in the past two seasons.
Triple eight driver Jamie Whincup celebrating his 50th V8 Supercar round start claimed his maiden pole giving Ford the perfect start to the weekend sharing the front line of the grid with veteran Mark Skaife and the Holdens of Tander, Todd Kelly, and Rick Kelly.
Starting from the second row on the grid in the opening race, Tander blasted by pole sitter Jamie Whincup and into second place behind Mark Skaife in the drag to the first corner, a lightning quick pit stop sandwiched between a number of hot laps by Tander propelled the #16 Commodore into the lead on lap 6 of 38 laps. >From there, he was never challenged as he maintained a comfortable 2.5 second gap over Skaife who finished second ahead of Ford's James Courtney.
Tander carried an amazing amount of speed in the Toll Commodore to completely dominate the remaining two races over the Fords of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes who also finished the round in second and third respectively.
While things may have appeared fairly comfortable for Tander he assured the 65,000 spectators on hand and later to the assembled media that the championship is far from over, particularly with the two endurance races, Sandown and Bathurst still to come, the best laid plans of Man, Mice and Motorsport participants can come unstuck fairly quickly.
Tander has now won an amazing ten races from the twenty available as the championship heads to Oran Park Raceway in Sydney, Tander now holds a 10 point championship lead over reigning champion and team mate Rick Kelly and the consistent Ford Vodafone pair of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.
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