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RED BULL RACING SET THE STAGE FOR THE FINALE
The V8 Supercars have again been met by cold Victoria, blistering their way onto the world famous Phillip Island circuit in wet and weary conditions, spicing up races for fans at the track and fans abroad.
Jamie Whincup has hit rock bottom in Saturday’s qualifying session, coming in a disappointing 13th on the start grid for race 32. Trailing his team-mate Craig Lowndes in the championship standings by just 6 points, Whincup crossed the line with a fastest time of 1:31.6928, leaving him scratching his head as for what changes he needs to make, leading up to race 33 and 34. His qualifying session was relatively uneventful, with the exception of a minor departure into the gravel on turn 2. Mark Winterbottom took pole for the first race of the weekend, stamping his way around the track to achieve the quickest time of the session. In the final few laps Winterbottom managed to knock Craig Lowndes of the perch, clocking in a top lap time of 1:30.6099, to take the front row of the starting grid. Craig Lowndes came in a close 2nd; just 0.5050 adrift, and Garth Tander, Alex Davison and Chaz Mostert concluded the top five of the grid. Nissan and Erebus Motorsport had a shaky start to the weekend with 12th being the best place for Mercedes and 16th for Nissan in the first qualifying session. Besides the higher placed Lee Holdsworth and Todd Kelly, the results only got worse for the new manufactures with Tim Slade, James Moffat and Maro Engel coming in 26, 27, 28th respectively. Engel had shocker, leaving the track on turn 1 and having to limp back to the pits in the final stages only to roll off the field last. This qualifying session has not showed any improvement to his performance following his poor results in the Friday practice sessions. To round out the top ten starters for race 32 was Fabian Coulthard, Shane Van Gisbergen, Jason Bright, David Reynolds and Will Davison.
Race 32 has been arguably one of the most action packed and thrilling races so far this season and had just about everything. The race began with a fairly standard formation being Craig Lowndes in P1, Mark Winterbottom in P2 and Garth Tander in P3, following Lowndes’ quick pass of Winterbottom on the start line. There was some early action with James Moffat and Dean Fiore having a somewhat minor tap on the hairpin causing them to both spin out slightly, as well as James Courtney connecting with Jason Bright in the Team BOC Holden on the same hairpin, momentarily spinning him off the track. Chaz Mostert was forced off the track and through a gravel pit at more than 240km/h and amazingly was able to keep control and re-join the pack with no incident, not forgetting Scott Mclaughlin who suffered a blown front right tyre, Will Davison who also was spun off by Shane Van Gisbergen, just prior to a debris-on-track sparked safety car, and one of the most ferocious crashes of the series between Alex Premat and James Courtney, occurring on the turn 4 hairpin. As if that wasn’t enough action for 28 laps of racing, Craig Lowndes, despite holding the lead for the majority of the first half of the race, was shunted off the field on the final corner by FPR’s Mark Winterbottom, fuelling the excitement for the final few seconds of part one, and leaving the field wide open for Garth Tander to nab first position. Alex Davison was next in for 2nd and Coulthard for 3rd, which set the start grid for the rolling start of the second half. Part 2 was not as action packed as the first but in no way was it boring. The race began in the pre – configured grid on a rolling start and proved to again be an interesting battle. Garth Tander again came in on top, taking race 32 with a total race time of 16:53.7960, sharing the podium with Fabian Coulthard and Alex Davison coming in 2nd and third respectively with times of 1:32.6751 and 1:32.7207.
The first qualifying session to open Sunday’s racing here at Phillip Island has seen Saturdays second place getter, Fabian Coulthard take pole for race 33. The race had an interesting start with car no.1 Jamie Whincup in the pits on just the first lap, as well as David Reynolds also returning to the pits with a flat rear tyre. Jason Bright was the leader for a large portion of the race but the battle was lost leaving him in 2nd when Fabian Coulthard came out and completed a flying lap around the circuit, sliding himself into pole position with a time of 1:30.85. David Wall was set to make the first row of the grid when he nabbed a time of 1:31.34, however was later beaten to finish in 7th. Mark Winterbottom following his incident with Craig Lowndes on Saturday has come out in good form once again, taking third position for the second last qualifying session of the weekend. The incident between the 2 in race 32 on Saturday was originally cleared, however Red Bull Racing protested the decision and had the matter heard by the stewards again on Sunday morning. Despite the official handling of the matter, Mark Winterbottom took to twitter Sunday morning to assure people the drivers have moved past yesterday’s events. The matter was later dismissed for a second and final time. Jamie Whincup came in 4th and Chaz Mostert 5th, followed by Shane Van Gisbergen, David Wall, Craig Lowndes, Alex Davison and David Reynolds closing the top ten starters for the 33rd race of the series.
Part 2 in the back-to-back qualifying sessions had a similar finish to the previous one with Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom both making their way back onto the podium for a second time, paving the starting grid for race 34. Five minutes into the last qualifying session of the round, the front-runners were Winterbottom in P1, Van Gisbergen in P2 and Caruso in P3. Winterbottom was in front for the entire race with the exception of one moment where Craig Lowndes stole it from him with a time of 1:30.76. Frosty quickly regained his position and secured the pole position with a fastest lap time of 1:30.67 in the final stages of the race. Whincup looked to gain a front row start, momentarily gaining 2nd, but was trumped upon frosty knocking Craig off the top spot. Jason Bright will start on the second row, shared with Fabian Coulthard who took 4th, followed by Jamie Whincup in 5th and Van Gisbergen, Scott Pye, Michael Caruso, Chaz Mostert and Will Davison filling the top ten spots.
The most popular man in V8 Supercars has taken out race 33 in a thrilling battle all the way down to the final flag. After starting from 8th position, the 888 driver managed to climb his way through the pack and even tackle his own team-mate Jamie Whincup on the turn 4 hairpin to claim the victory. Lights out and the start grid was a picture, with cars reforming and Whincup, Mostert and Lowndes reordering the top 3 just a couple of hundred metres into the 33rd race of the series. Several early attempts by Craig Lowndes to get around Mostert proved detrimental, with the Red Bull car dropping back several places to P5 as a result. It was a tough battle back to the top but Lowndes showed off his skills and climbed back to P2 for the last section of the race. Whincup was off to a flying start gaining a massive lead, which kept growing until he was almost six seconds ahead of any other vehicle. All drivers welcomed a late safety car, but no more than Lowndes, giving him one final chance to nab his fellow Red Bull driver in the final stages of race 33 here at Phillip Island. Following Saturday’s major crash, all drivers were very cautious while negotiating the hairpin at turn 4 and unlike Saturday there were no spin offs or incidents. The late safety car was sparked following Michael Caruso’s car 36 being stopped on the track. This was a disappointing end to his race when he spoke to his team saying, “Another DNF boys…lets just add it to the list”. All cars were pushing hard in an effort to boost there championship points for the second last race of the season, and the final result for race 33 was Lowndes P1, Whincup P2, Shane Van Gisbergen P3, followed by Chaz Mostert, Fabian Coulthard, Alex Davison, Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison, David Reynolds and coming in 10th was HRT’s Garth Tander.
The action continued in race 34 with more collisions, twists and turns here at Phillip Island for the final race of the weekend. The supercars formed a train going round the track, leaving no gaps to the car in front for the first laps of the race. Lowndes was out in front, followed by team-mate Jamie Whincup who was right in the mirror and who was also just ahead of Mark Winterbottom in the Pepsi Max FPR Ford. Winterbottom could not get away from the Red Bull cars, battling with them for the entire race weekend but was looking to have good form when he was able to pass Lowndes taking 2nd position. This was following Jamie Whincup taking the lead from the very eager Lowndes moments earlier. The tension and competitiveness throughout the field was immense with all drivers vying to gain a piece of the V8 Supercar pie and rack up some more points before the year is out. Car 88 made one small departure from the track but was able to quickly rejoin and on lap 5 the order of the track was Whincup, Winterbottom and Lowndes, Whincup stamping a lead of more than a second. Race fans were greeted with an unexpected flying object when Lee Holdsworth’s wheel went flying high up in the air, landing in the spectator’s car park on the closing stages of the track, causing a lengthy safety car and leaving fans bolting over in a bid to gain an unusual memento from this awesome cliff top track. After a short break off the track, the safety car had rejoined the supercars following a 3 car pile up at turn 4 which left Russell Ingall with severe front end damage, ending his weekend of racing in a disappointing fashion. The incident is under investigation. The final podium result of the race was Jamie Whincup in first, Mark Winterbottom in second and Craig Lowndes in 3rd. Jason Bright and Fabian Coulthard ended the top 5 and Will Davison, James Moffat, Rick Kelly, Alex Davison and Shane Van Gisbergen finishing the ten.
There are now only 20 points separating Whincup and Lowndes, as well as Mark Winterbottom being 124 points from the top spot. There is only one race left for the 2013 season with it all coming down to the finale in Homebush, Sydney. The race is set for a twilight time slot that is sure to liven up what is already set to be an invigorating dash to the finale and V8’s now have a fortnight to prepare their final strategies and make their way to the renowned street circuit. See you there!
Words: Jayden Stirrup, Photos: Christian Hartung
It’s that time of the month again, where our latest issue has hit the shelves. Since it’s nearly Christmas, and we’re feeling generous, we’ve packed it with even more pages than usual.
Feature cars include Jason Harrision’s brutal twin-turbo ’57 Bel Air, the late Steve Foster’s amazing bare-metal Hemi-powered ’36 coupe, Aaron Jackson’s evil street and strip Torana, Wayne Anderson’s Pinepac Mustang and Grant Sharman’s Falcon 600.
On the event front, we’ve got coverage from Powercruise (yes, from last weekend), California Hot Rod Reunion, the first round of the Central Muscle Car series and a wrap-up from SEMA.
If that’s not enough to grab your attention, check out our in-depth article on custom helmet painting, our VF Commodore tuning guide and one of the coolest sheds you’ll ever lay your eyes on.
In store now, or available in digital format by hitting the ‘shopping’ link above.
Southern Streeters held their 40th Anniversary over the weekend of 15 – 17 November. Based at the Cashmere Club, things started off on Friday with a cruise out to a local car collection and then on to the Tai Tapu hotel for lunch and games.
Saturday was a beautiful hot day for the Show’n’Shine which was held in the carpark of the Cashmere Club. A great collection of around 50 vehicles were on display for the public, and with entry being a gold coin donation, was good value. Members of the public were asked to vote for there favourite car, which was easier said than done. Evening entertainment was dinner and music with a ‘70s theme.
Sunday finished up with prizegiving and a champagne brunch at the Highway Inn. Some members also took part in the Kevin McInroe Memorial Drag Challenge held at Ruapuna Dragway.
Words and photos by Rod Dunn
November 16 and 17 saw the running of the annual Kevin McInroe Memorial Drag Challenge at Ruapuna Dragway. This year they were lucky enough to have sponsorship from Rob Donaldson at the Mustang Centre for Saturday’s events and Darryn Harper at MoorHouse Muscle Cars for Sunday’s events.
The challenge is not open to comp cars, and this year it was run over two days with Saturday consisting of scrutineering and the chance to complete some dial In passes for those that wanted to race on Sunday, Comp Cars and a Ladies’ Challenge (with prizes from Della-Kit Nails).
Sunday’s challenge was done in teams, with each team required to enter four racers, with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams as well as some additional prizes for quickest cars.
Not only was Sunday the Hot Rod and Muscle Car Challenge, there was also a car show put on in a roped off area of the public carpark.
If you love muscle car’s and hot rods, then this is a “must do” event. Check out the pic’s, and make sure you come along next year.
Well done to Rick and his team and Pegasus Bay Drag Club.
1st, Falcon Club
2nd, Mustang Club
3rd, Team ERS
1st Helen Parris
2nd Quanetta Wakelin
3rd Helene Moteba
Quickest Ford – Keith Johnstone, ‘34 Ford Coupe
Quickest GM – Dave Christian, Holden Commodore SV8 ute
Quickest other – Brian Ford, BriFord Special
Best represented club – Garden City Rodders with 20 members entered for racing
Best in Show – Tasha Pearson, ’37 Chev
Words and Photos by Rod Dunn
The Caffeine and Classics monthly get-together has brought classic car owners and enthusiasts together once a month to have a bite to eat and have a look at the wide variety of vehicles they all appreciate.
This month’s Caffeine and Classics event will be held at the same place at the same time, but with a slight twist.
When you come along to check out the motorcycles, hot rods, muscle cars, and vintage and classic cars, bring a can of food along to donate to the Auckland City Mission, if you can.
We will be collecting cans of food, non-perishable, long shelf-life food and, clothing and blankets on the day.
This is a chance before Christmas to give back to the community and have a great morning checking out some pretty special cars.
This month’s Caffeine and Classics will be held on Sunday November 24, 10am -1pm, at Smales Farm, Corner of Shakespeare and Taharoto Roads, North Shore, Auckland.
The annual Stragglers Charity Car Show being held this Sunday November 24, has been relocated from Lake Te Koutu in Cambridge to Lake Karapiro Domain, Karapiro.
The Committee of Stragglers Rod & Kustom Club Inc says this change has come about because the local council has had to carry out urgent work at the original venue due to the dangerous state of some of the trees at the park.
One tree recently fell, endangering members of the public using the venue at the time. Due to the council having to organise the removal of a number of trees, the area has been deemed in an unusable state for the show.
However, the council has stepped up to assist us deal with this crisis and they have offered us the use of the internationally recognised area at the Lake Karapiro Domain – used for the World Rowing Championships a couple of years ago.
We have inspected the venue and we can only say that it is incredible! We thought that the old spot was a pretty damn good site for a car show but the Lake Karapiro venue beats it hands down!