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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]

Queensland Townsville 400
Townsville (Australia) street circuit track map.svg
Race Information
Venue Townsville Street Circuit
Number of times held 10
First held 2009
Race Format
Race 1
Laps 70
Distance 200 km
Race 2
Laps 70
Distance 200 km
Last Event (2018)
Overall Winner
New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering
Race Winners
Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering
New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering

Contents

FormatEdit

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.

HistoryEdit

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 ten of the twenty-one races held at the track.[9] Only Tander and Winterbottom (three each) and van Gisbergen (two) have also won multiple races at the circuit.

WinnersEdit

Year Event Title Race Driver Team Car
2009 Dunlop Townsville 400 1   Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford FG Falcon
2   James Courtney Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon
2010 Sucrogen Townsville 400 1   Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore
2   Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing Ford FG Falcon
2011 Sucrogen Townsville 400 1   Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore
2   Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore
2012 Sucrogen Townsville 400 1   Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore
2   Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore
2013 Sucrogen Townsville 400 1   Will Davison Ford Performance Racing Ford FG Falcon
2   Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore
2014 Castrol Townsville 500 –
Driven by TAFE Queensland
1   Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
2   Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore
3   Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
2015 Castrol Edge Townsville 400 1   Mark Winterbottom Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon
2   Mark Winterbottom Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon
2016 Castrol Edge Townsville 400 1   Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
2   Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
2017 Watpac Townsville 400 1   Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon
2   Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
2018 Watpac Townsville 400 1   Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden ZB Commodore
2   Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden ZB Commodore

Multiple winnersEdit

By driverEdit

Race Wins Driver
10   Jamie Whincup
3   Garth Tander
  Mark Winterbottom
2   Shane van Gisbergen

By teamEdit

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

By manufacturerEdit

Race Wins Manufacturer
14 Holden
7 Ford

Event sponsorsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Supercars Operations Manual 2018 - Division "A" - Administration Rules" (PDF). Supercars. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  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.
  9. ^ Jackson, Ed (7 July 2018). "Whincup reignites title defence after storming to victory in Townsville 400". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2018.