Better late then never! Webby finally grabbed that elusive podium today at the Sydney NRMA Motoring & Services 500, his first for the 2013 V8 Supercars season.
He did it in emphatic style, too, taking the lead of the race at turn one, on lap one before a battle with Jamie Whincup saw him relinquish the lead and settle in to the rhythm of the race in second place. He stayed there for virtually the entire race, only dropping back briefly during the pit stop cycle.
Shane van Gisbergen had a tougher race, falling back to p11 after stacking behind Jonathon at the first pit stops. He fought back hard, pushing his way through the field before a confrontation with Fabian Coulthard at the end of the race saw him join Jonathon on the podium in p3 to seal TEKNO’s first ever double podium position finish.
As a result of his move on Coulthard, Shane recieved a 25 championship point penalty after a review of the incident by the stewards post-race.
How they saw it:
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea #19 VF Commodore
Race 35 Finishing Position: 2nd
“It’s been way too long since I’ve been up here [on the podium], and it’s been a pretty down year. I guess the motivation for mixing things up next year and potentially changing what we’re doing next year has been my lack of results. It’s definitely nice to come here this weekend, turn off my business head, and know that I’ve only got one weekend to go, and can put it all on the line. The car can sit in the shed if I bin it, and that’s what we did today. We started out strong, pushed hard and it was awesome to have Shane and I in the shootout, and then to start on the second row. I got a great start while the others were mucking around with each other, and cleared off. Jamie’s [Whincup] car was mega quick, and he made a nice, clean move on me early on, I tucked in and then, luckily, the two of us could run away with it from there. My only complaint to Geoffrey, my engineer, was that we had no grip off the restarts, maybe our pressures were a bit low, and that hurt us on the restarts for one, or maybe two laps. It was really only Fab who had a run on us at the end, and I knew that I just had to keep him off for those couple of laps, because once we got moving again we had as much pace as Jamie up the front, and could pull away from anyone behind us.”
Shane van Gisbergen
Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods #97 VF Commodore
Race 35 Finishing Position: 3rd
“Off the start I saw Jamie get boxed in behind Mark [Winterbottom] and so I went for the outside, and then Jamie made a big move up the inside, which he pulled off really well. Unfortunately that made it three wide, and I was just stuck out there. That made us have to stack [in the pits, as he was behind Jonathon], and that put us in eleventh with a fast car. At a street circuit, you need to be pretty aggressive to make the passes, which I was and some of the other guys didn’t like that. At the end, I just wanted it so bad, I could see it would be a double podium [for TEKNO] and I had a pretty fast car there, and Fabian [Coulthard] was struggling out of [turn] seven and into [turn] eight, so I stuck it up there. He tried to cover, but you’re not really allowed to move under brakes, and I was too committed, and he just kept pinching me really. I think by the time we made contact I was far enough up, but we’ll see about it on TV. It caught me by surprise. He half covered there every lap, and the one time I stayed over and pretended I wasn’t coming was when he took the normal line and so I passed him. I think when I stuck the nose out, it surprised him and he tried to shut it, but it was way too late. I won’t deny they were aggressive moves, but both times I thought they were fair enough from my side.”