The final chance to break Winton hoodoo

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 20/05/2021
  • By James Pavey

Holden’s Commodore ZB model is closing on 50 race wins, but a Winton victory remains elusive.

The current Commodore Supercar model, which made its debut in 2018 and has claimed 48 wins, has never won at the rural Victorian circuit, which will host next weekend’s fifth round of 2021.

The Commodore ZB, which is in its final year of competition, is also yet to claim an ARMOR ALL Pole Position at Winton.

WATCH: THE MOST RECENT RACE AT WINTON

Winton is one of only two venues on the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship calendar that the Commodore ZB is yet to win a race.

Perth’s Wanneroo Raceway is the other, Shell V-Power Racing Team Fords winning the four races across the 2018 and 2019 events.

Rick Kelly defeated Scott Pye and Shane van Gisbergen in the 2018 Winton opener, before Fabian Coulthard dominated the Sunday race.

WATCH: KELLY'S WINTON WIN IN 2018

Van Gisbergen finished second to Coulthard, albeit a whopping 11 seconds down.

In 2019, Scott McLaughlin was untouchable, surviving a first-lap incident with Coulthard on the opening lap to win from Chaz Mostert and David Reynolds.

On the Sunday, McLaughlin and Coulthard led a runaway Shell Ford one-two, with Jamie Whincup third.

Shell Fords have a stranglehold on Winton

Whincup has won four races at Winton, but hasn’t tasted success since 2012.

Conversely, the Ford Mustang GT has also failed to win at two venues on the 2021 calendar.

The current Mustang model made its debut in 2019, and won 21 of 32 races, McLaughlin winning a record 18.

WATCH: THE MOST RECENT RACE AT SURFERS PARADISE

However, Triple Eight Commodores swept the Sandown and Gold Coast events, both of which have returned for 2021.

Thanks to van Gisbergen’s clean sweep at March’s Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint, the Mustang is still winless at the Victorian circuit.

It will also have to wait until December’s Boost Mobil Gold Coast 500 season finale to attempt to end its Surfers Paradise wait.

Commodore ZBs dominated at Surfers Paradise in 2019

Will the Commodore ZB end its Winton hoodoo next weekend?

The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to Victoria for the Winton SuperSprint across May 28-30. Tickets are available here.

The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo with highlights on 7 and 7 Plus. Check out the weekend schedule here.

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