Sunday, March 4, 2018

2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship - Adelaide 500

Photo: Official Supercars Championship Instagram

It's a brave new world in the 2018 season of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and even though Australia stopped making cars last year, the spirit of the competition burns hot as the Aussie crowd are greeted with the arrival of the new Holden Supercars competitor based on the all-new, fully-imported, ZB Commodore. Yes, it's sad that today's Commodore is just a commoner lacking the spirit of its Aussie-made predecessor but in its Supercars-spec, it's like donning a battle ready armor but anyway, the 2018 season began at the streets of Adelaide and new and returning drivers are ready to take on the brave new world they set into.

In Race 1, despite his controversial pole at the Top 10 Shootout, Shane Van Gisbergen, driver of the new #97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team ZB Commodore, kicked the season off with a win in the race debut of the ZB Commodore followed by James Courtney, who placed 2nd, and Scott McLaughlin for the Shell V-Power Racing placed 3rd.

In Race 2, meanwhile, it's a rumble out there as mechanical failures ended Jamie Whincup's 136-race finishing streak followed by Mark Winterbottom's kerb-hopping penalty and a puncture on McLaughlin, among many others. But in the end, the new ZB Commodore racing machines made a 1-2-3 finish as Van Gisbergen wins again followed by Erebus Penrite Recing's David Reynolds and Garry Rogers Motorsport's Garth Tander.

So, Van Gisbergen made the ZB Commodore's race debut looked promising but the clash of the Supercars has just begun as the next race will be on Melbourne for the Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 from 22 to 25th of March, 2018.

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