Maybe Red Bull should give Jamie Whincup’s Holden to Daniel Ricciardo to boost Riccardo’s results in F1.
The Team Red Bull Holden was the winner in the Supercars race in New Zealand and the battle for the Supercars crown seems to be reduced to two drivers, Whincup and DJR Team Penske driver Scott McLaughlin, who ran second in Sunday’s race to Whincup at Pukekohe Park Raceway.
Cameron Waters ran third. Fabian Coulthard did not make it to the end of the race on Saturday at least drove the entire thing on Sunday, but he came home in fifth and appears to have run out of time and asphalt to win the championship.
He now trails Whincup by 176 points with only two races remaining in the 2017 Supercars series and there are only 300 points to be awarded in the last two races.
Chaz Mostert of Ford and Shane Van Gisbergen had bad outings and seem to be entirely out of contention. Mostert got into a collision in the opening lap with Waters and Mark Winterbottom. That crash also sent Lee Holdsworth and James Courtney off the track and into the garage for the rest of the day.
Mostert is now 258 points off the lead and it is hard to imagine any scenario where he could catch Whincup.
Last year’s champion, Van Gisbergen, forgot how to use the brakes and came into the pit lane to fast, resulting in his rear-ending Tim Slade.
Slade’s crew was able to get the car back on the track, the Kiwi driver is now 276 points off the lead.
The effect of the day was that the Supercars series was immediately turned from a compelling contest into a Sunday drive for Whincup as the Supercars teams prepare for the season ending races of the Newcastle 500 at the end of November.