JELD-WEN Motorsport's James Courtney achieved his third podium finish for the year at Queensland Raceway on Sunday, his third place boosting him to sixth in the V8 Supercar Championship standings.
Courtney took his maiden V8 Supercar race win on Saturday, but didn't have it all his own way today and he was forced to battle his way back to the front after a disappointing race this morning.
The JELD-WEN Motorsport driver sank to sixth position in race two as he struggled with a difficult BF Falcon. Starting from the front row, Courtney was swamped in the opening laps, dropping to fifth.
It wasn't until his compulsory pit stop on lap 10 that the Gold Coast-based driver was able to stabilize the situation, rejoining the race in sixth position which he maintained until the chequered flag.
Some small changes to the number-four Falcon before race three produced a much improved car, and Courtney wasted no time in making up ground, passing Will Davison and Garth Tander, in the opening laps.
Completing his compulsory pit stop on lap 11, it looked as though Courtney would rejoin the race behind Tander in fourth position however, the JELD-WEN Motorsport driver had other ideas, shooting past Tander through turn one and two to grab third.
The JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon pulled away from Tander mid-race and Courtney claimed second position only five laps from the end of the 38-lap race when Russell Ingall had an excursion onto the grass.
Courtney crossed the line in second position, securing third for the round behind Mark Winterbottom and Ingall.
“The SBR team did a great job to get us on the podium today. My hat goes off to the boys, they have worked really hard in recent rounds,” said Courtney. “We went the wrong way with set up in race two so we went the opposite in race three and the JELD-WEN Falcon was a lot better right from the start.
“I had some good little battles and when I saw my mate Russell off on the grass I thought 'here's an opportunity'.
“We had a bit of a drag as he got back on track but luckily for me there was more traction on the tarmac than on the grass.
“We are off to Winton next which is not our best track but with our recent results we should be able to get a good package together and have a good go.”
Shane van Gisbergen meanwhile had a rollercoaster of a home round in the sister car, the 19-year old finishing 19th overall.