Jamie Whincup comes first in Castrol Gold Coast 600

UPDATE 7:52PM | Jamie Whincup and teammate Paul Dumbrell have taken out the Castrol Gold Coast 600 with an impressive nine second win.

The win is Whincup’s 101st for his career, and the eight time he’s taken first place on the Gold Coast.

The Supercars will now head over to New Zealand for the ITM Auckland SuperSprint at Pukekohe Park Raceway on November 3-5.


UPDATE 1:06PM | Jamie Whincup will start from pole position for Sunday’s Castrol Gold Coast 600 after a thrilling Top 10 Shootout.

Whincup pipped teammate Shane van Gisbergen as the pair once again prepare to go head to head on the streets of Surfers Paradise in the race for the Supercars Championship.

David Reynolds will start in third place on the grid after a quick lap time ahead of Scott McLaughlin and Craig Lowndes.

Whincup will be looking for victory in Sunday’s final endurance race for 2016 as he tries to peg back Van Gisbergen’s 160-point lead in the Championship with only two rounds to go in Auckland and Sydney.

Earlier the Erebus Holden of Shae Davies and Chris van der Drift was ruled out of Sunday’s race after a crash in qualifying.

There was better luck for Fabian Coulthard who returned to the track after DJR Team Penske worked through the night to repair his Ford after yesterday’s crash involving Garth Tander.

Tander will start from 20th on the grid after he was hit with 10 spot penalty arising from Saturday’s crash.

The Top 10 Shootout was delayed after a big crash involving a number of drivers in V8 Utes race.

The final 300km race at the Castrol Gold Coast 1000 will start at 2.25pm local time.  The Super Hornets will fly overhead at the end of the National Anthem and before the main race.

EARLIER 7:22AM | Shane van Gisbergen has moved closer to his first Supercars Championship with a commanding win at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 on Saturday.

The Kiwi overcame a 10 second penalty handed out to co-driver Alex Premat to storm home on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

There was drama with just six laps to go when Garth Tander was involved in a huge crash with Fabian Coulthard, ending Coulthard’s race in spectacular fashion.

Tander was hit with a drive through pit lane penalty and 10 grid place positions for Sunday’s 300 km race. Coulthard is an unlikely starter for tomorrow after his car sustained massive damage in the crash.

Coulthard lashed out at Tander after the race, describing the crash was “unnecessary” and “easily preventable”. Asked later about the penalty for Sunday’s race, Tander responded: “You’re kidding”.

When the race resumed, Van Gisbergen maintained his lead to take the chequered flag and extend his Championship lead over teammate Jamie Whincup to 160 points.

Scott McLaughlin and David Wall finished second after their recent disappointment at Bathurst with Whincup and Paul Dumbrell completing the podium in third place.

Sunday’s final 300km endurance race of the season will also decide the winner of the Pirtek Enduro Cup.