Top performer: ITM 500 Auckland

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 09/11/2015
  • By Kassie Gadeke

Red Bull Racing Australia was back on top and proved it would do what it takes to challenge for the Championship over the weekend at Pukekohe as we went back to the SuperSprint format.

David Reynolds jumped back into the winners circle, while Scott Pye earned his first podium at the ITM 500 Auckland.

The Nissans were quick with Michael Caruso finishing fifth yesterday, while Scott McLaughlin earned his first podium finish since Ipswich and two more ARMOR ALL Pole Positions.

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Jamie Whincup - Red Bull Racing Australia

The six-time Champion was back in business at the 2.91km circuit, taking the honours in the first and third races and claiming the prestigious Jason Richards Memorial Trophy.

Back with 2014 engineer David Cauchi, Whincup won his first race since Sydney Motorsport Park in August and first ARMOR ALL Pole Position since Sandown.

Coming home ahead of teammate Craig Lowndes yesterday, Whincup didn't falter on his way to one of the big trophies he was yet to place in the cabinet - and this one is named after his 2005 teammate.

Craig Lowndes - Red Bull Racing Australia

Lowndes' efforts on Sunday can't be discounted, but it was his Red Bull Racing Australia crew that were the real heroes for the #888 driver.

After a tyre explosion on Saturday, the crew worked through the night to repair substantial damage, which included taking the chassis off-site to a local panel beaters.

Lowndes qualified the car 10th and said it was faultless, and went on to a strong second behind Whincup.

The fan favourite's championship chances were hurt but he is only one point off second place.

David Reynolds - The Bottle-O Racing

He didn't capitalise on his ARMOR ALL Pole Position off the start of Saturday's first race, but David Reynolds was the pick of the Prodrive bunch over the weekend.

The Bottle-O racer was behind Lowndes when his tyre exploded, which he described as being like a "missile" and pressed on to win his second race of the year and third of his career. He has jumped Lowndes in the Championship - albeit only by one point - and finished second in the points across the weekend.

Scott Pye - DJR Team Penske

He has had pace for sometime and yesterday Scott Pye earned his first podium in V8 Supercars racing.

Under the watchful eye of 'The Captain' Roger Penske, the 25-year old qualified and finished in third in the Ford Falcon FG X.

His team did everything right, and with Pye's drive showed DJR Team Penske should be a force to be reckoned with next year, with boss Penske saying he has his eyes on the podium for 2016.

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