Teammates battle in JR’s honour

  • 05/11/2016
  • By Supercars
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Teammates Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup are even on points for the coveted Jason Richards Memorial Trophy after taking one win apiece today.

Van Gisbergen is desperate to be the first New Zealander to win the prize, named after former Supercars driver Jason Richards, who lost his tough battle with a rare form of cancer in 2011.

Whincup took the honours in 2015 – the highlight of his season – and would be the first two-time winner since the trophy was established.

Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom have also been awarded the Jason Richard Memorial Trophy, with Winterbottom third in the points this evening, the first competitor who could pounce if the Red Bulls run into trouble.

“We are here to score as many points as possible; to get the JR Trophy would be awesome,” Van Gisbergen said.

“Between Jamie and I, to clean sweep the day for the team was great. It’s cool to do it at home and for the local crowd, let’s do the same tomorrow. The weather will spice up tomorrow, I hope it is dry.”

Van Gisbergen was a contender for the trophy in 2014, but lost the lead overnight on Saturday after a post-race penalty for clashing with Jason Bright. That handed the lead to Mark Winterbottom, who was the eventual winner.

Here are the current points standings with two races complete, and two remaining.

DriverTeamRace 24Race 25Total
1Shane van GisbergenRed Bull Racing Australia6975144
2Jamie WhincupRed Bull Racing Australia7569144
3Mark WinterbottomThe Bottle-O Racing Team6055115
4Scott McLaughlinWilson Security GRM6448112
5Fabian CoulthardDJR Team Penske366096
6Garth TanderHolden Racing Team553994
7Will DavisonTeam Darrell Lea STIX395190
8Michael CarusoNissan Motorsport454287
9Chaz MostertSupercheap Auto Racing216485
10James CourtneyHolden Racing Team513384
11Rick KellySengled Racing483482
12David ReynoldsErebus Motorsport Penrite334578
13Scott PyeDJR Team Penske423678
14Cameron WatersMonster Energy Racing342761
15Craig LowndesTeamVortex283058
16Nick PercatClipsal 500 Adelaide Racing312556
17Lee HoldsworthPreston Hire Racing302454
18James MoffatWilson Security GRM223153
19Todd Kellycarsales Racing242852
20Tim BlanchardCoolDrive Racing252247
21Tim SladeFreightliner Racing271845
22Andre HeimgartrnerPlus Fitness Racing191938
23Shae DaviesErebus Motorsport181533
24Chris PitherSuper Black Racing161632
25Dale WoodGB Galvanizing Racing02121
26Jason BrightTeam BOC000

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