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THE BULLS RULE AT WINTON

Red Bull bounce back at Winton - Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

Red Bull bounce back at Winton – Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

Red Bull Racing has struck back in the biggest way possible with a 1-2 result at Winton Motor Raceway.

Just when it looked like Jamie Whincup would break though to equal Craig Lowndes on 105 career wins, a late-race Safety Car shook up the order. In a tight battle Shane van Gisbergen stole the lead – and Fabian Coulthard took second, only for Whincup to fight back two corners later.

Shane Van Gisbergen gets the win at Winton - Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

Shane Van Gisbergen gets the win at Winton – Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

“It’s been tough but we are on our way back,” said van Gisbergen after his career-first Winton win.

“Fabian was really quick at the end and when I got through to the lead I had to put Jamie between us.”

Coulthard hung on for third ahead of Cam Waters who scored his best result at the Victorian track.

Fifth was Scott McLaughlin. Saturday’s winning car did not look quite as sharp a day later, in spite of taking pole position, and suffered a flat-spotted tyre and some gear selection issues.

Garth Tander held out for sixth - Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

Garth Tander held out for sixth – Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

Garth Tander held out David Reynolds for sixth, ahead of Chaz Mostert, who started 17th after a difficult Qualifying session. Will Davison and Lee Holdsworth rounded out the top 10.

The next event will be at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway in three weeks’ time.

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