2009 Dunlop Townsville 400
|Round 6 of 14 in the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series|
|Date||10–12 July 2009|
|Venue||Townsville Street Circuit|
|Distance||71 laps, 202 km|
|Pole position||Lee Holdsworth
Garry Rogers Motorsport
Triple Eight Race Engineering
|Distance||72 laps, 205 km|
|Pole position||Garth Tander
Holden Racing Team
Dick Johnson Racing
The 2009 Dunlop Townsville 400 was the sixth race meeting of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series. It contained Racess 11 and 12 of the series and was held on the weekend of 11–12 July at Townsville Street Circuit, in Townsville in Queensland, Australia.
The 2009 Townsville 400 is the inaugural running of this race. The first time a major motorsport has been held in North Queensland, the race has been assembled around a specially created street circuit, as no permanent racing facilities exist in north Queensland, apart from clay surface speedway circuits. Apart from Speedway racing, the largest event previously held in this part of Australia have been rounds of the Queensland Rally Championship.
The race will follow V8 Supercar's most familiar street circuit format with two races evenly split over the Saturday and Sunday of the event. Similar to the Hamilton 400 event the races will be 200 kilometres in length, rather than the those of the Adelaide 500 which are 250 kilometres long.
The 2.85 kilometre Townsville Street Circuit becomes the sixth race track in Queensland to host a round of the Australian Touring Car Championship (of which the V8 Supercars form a part of its history), following Lowood circuit, Lakeside Raceway, Surfers Paradise Raceway, Queensland Raceway and most recently the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit.
The race also represents an important litmus test for V8 Supercar, as this is the second time they have attempted to grow a street race event in a region where motor racing had not previously had a following, after the failure of the Canberra 400.
Mark McNally makes his V8 Supercar series debut, replacing Dale Wood in the #16 Kelly Racing Holden Commodore. Wood remains with the team, although it has not yet been confirmed that Wood will form part of the teams endurance racing squad.
Jason Bright debuts his new race car, the first built by his new team. Stone Brothers Racing. The Ford FG Falcon replaces the Ford BF Falcon that Bright brought to the team from his former team, Britek Motorsport. The only drivers left in the series still running the older BF Falcons now are PCR's Michael Patrizi and the car of Marcus Marshall whose proposed sale of the team to Grant Sherrin of Sherrin Motorsport fell through since the previous round of the series at Hidden Valley Raceway.
Qualifying Race 11
- After round 6 of 14
|1||1||Jamie Whincup||Triple Eight Race Engineering||1560|
|2||22||Will Davison||Holden Racing Team||1386|
|3||2||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team||1212|
|4||888||Craig Lowndes||Triple Eight Race Engineering||1110|
|5||17||Steven Johnson||Dick Johnson Racing||1050|
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2009 Skycity Triple Crown
|2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series||Next race:
2009 Norton 360 Sandown Challenge
|Townsville 400||Next year:
2010 Sucrogen Townsville 400