Townsville 400

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Queensland Townsville 400
Townsville (Australia) street circuit track map.svg
Race Information
Venue Townsville Street Circuit
Number of times held 9
First held 2009
Race Format
Race 1
Laps 70
Distance 200 km
Race 2
Laps 70
Distance 200 km
Last Event (2017)
Overall Winner
Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering
Race Winners
New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering

The Townsville 400 (formally known as the Watpac Townsville 400) is an annual motor racing event for Supercars, held on the Townsville Street Circuit in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. The event has been held since 2009.[1]

Format[edit]

The event is staged over a three-day weekend, from Friday to Sunday. Two forty-minute practice sessions are held on Friday. Saturday features a twenty-minute qualifying session which decides the grid positions for the following 200 kilometre race. A twenty-minute qualifying session is held on Sunday, succeeded by a top ten shootout, the combined results of which decide the grid for the following 200 km race.[2]

In 2014 only, the event was extended to 500 kilometres overall, with two 125 km races on Saturday and a 250 km race on Sunday.

History[edit]

The event was announced in late 2007, following the allocation of funding from both the federal and the Queensland state government.[3] The event became the third Queensland event on the calendar, joining Queensland Raceway in Ipswich and the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit on the Gold Coast. However, Townsville did become the first major motor racing event to be held in the North Queensland region.[3] The event is held in early July each year.

Jamie Whincup won the first race on the circuit in 2009, with James Courtney winning the Sunday race.[4] Whincup would go on to win the Saturday race again in 2010 with Mark Winterbottom this time winning the second race. 2011 and 2012 saw four consecutive wins for Holden, with Whincup winning three more races at the circuit. In 2013, Russell Ingall broke the all time championship event starts record at the event.[5] In the Sunday race, the Holden Racing Team scored a one-two finish with Tander leading home Courtney.[6] They would repeat the one-two finish in the second Saturday race of the 2014 event.[7] Winterbottom won both races in 2015 to become the only driver other than Whincup, who achieved the feat in 2012, to achieve a clean sweep of the event.[8]

Whincup's record is unsurpassed in Townsville, winning nine of the nineteen races held at the track. Only Tander and Winterbottom (three each) have also won multiple races at the circuit.

Winners[edit]

Year Event Title Race Driver Team Car
2009 Dunlop Townsville 400 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford FG Falcon
2 Australia James Courtney Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon
2010 Sucrogen Townsville 400 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore
2 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing Ford FG Falcon
2011 Sucrogen Townsville 400 1 Australia Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore
2 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore
2012 Sucrogen Townsville 400 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore
2 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore
2013 Sucrogen Townsville 400 1 Australia Will Davison Ford Performance Racing Ford FG Falcon
2 Australia Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore
2014 Castrol Townsville 500 –
Driven by TAFE Queensland
1 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
2 Australia Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore
3 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
2015 Castrol Edge Townsville 400 1 Australia Mark Winterbottom Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon
2 Australia Mark Winterbottom Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon
2016 Castrol Edge Townsville 400 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
2 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
2017 Watpac Townsville 400 1 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon
2 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore

Multiple winners[edit]

By driver[edit]

Race Wins Driver
9 Australia Jamie Whincup
3 Australia Garth Tander
Australia Mark Winterbottom

By team[edit]

Race Wins Team
10 Triple Eight Race Engineering
4 Prodrive Racing Australia
3 Holden Racing Team
2 DJR Team Penske

By manufacturer[edit]

Race Wins Manufacturer
12 Holden
7 Ford

Event sponsors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allan Edwards (29 September 2008). "2009 V8 Supercar calendar released". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. Archived from the original on 17 August 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "V8 Supercars Operations Manual 2016 - Division A - Administration Rules" (PDF). Supercars. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Peskett, Karl (14 November 2007). "Townsville to get V8 Supercars street race". Car Advice. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Greenhalgh, David; Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (2011). The official history: Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-9805912-2-4. 
  5. ^ "Commemorative number for Ingall in Townsville". SpeedCafe. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (7 July 2013). "HRT emphatically breaks victory drought". SpeedCafe. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (5 July 2014). "Tander leads HRT one-two in Race 21". Speedcafe. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (12 July 2015). "Mark Winterbottom takes Townsville double". Speedcafe. Retrieved 8 September 2015.