CRAIG LOWNDES TAKES VICTORY AGAIN AND CRACKS THE ALL – TIME WIN RECORD AT BARBAGALLO.
After 90 career wins, Craig Lowndes set his sights on a race win here at Barbagallo, and didn’t disappoint. Following teammate Jamie Whincup during the first half of the 60/60 super sprint, Lowndes made what we now know as a race winning move 2 laps into the second half, awarding him his 91st V8 supercar series win, beating Mark Skaife’s previous record.
Mark Winterbottom’s FPR Falcon looked after its tyres remarkably well and with it roaring towards Whincup, Jamie was forced to hold on and take 2nd place just behind race winner Craig Lowndes.
Jason Bright was able to secure fourth position ahead of Alex Davidson, Premat, Reynolds, Courtney, Van Gisbergen and Moffat. Coulthard came in 27th after a disappointing end with a tyre malfunction causing him to veer off the road whilst in 5th position in the final leg.
Coulthard wasn’t the only one with tyre troubles with Will Davidson also suffering in the first leg. Despite this he was able to redeem himself, finishing 14th at the conclusion of race 10, just ahead of the exceptional newcomer Chaz Mostert.
After a disastrous crash in Pukekohe, Scott Pye in the Ekol Holden came back and again found himself in trouble after sliding down the grass becoming momentarily airborne following a three – wide squeeze with Kelly and Tander. Pye did manage to get back out for the second half of the race however was black flagged for loose body work.
Maro Engel lost his 9th position qualifying place to come in 24th and Tim Slade achieved Erebus’ best result of the race coming in at 13th, just 3 spots behind top Nissan driver James Moffat.
Garth Tander hit trouble early, managing to get stuck in the Turn 7 sand trap after an incident involving Jonathon Webb and Tim Blanchard which will be investigated following the race completion.
Race 11 & 12 set for Sunday will conclude Round 4 of the Championship and round out a great weekend at Perth.
AS THE TYRE STRUGGLE PERSISTED, JAMIE WHINCUP FORGED AHEAD AND CAME OUT ON TOP FOR RACE 11.
With Craig Lowndes’ impressive win yesterday, Red Bull Racing has come up with the goods again amidst Jamie Whincup’s further race win at Barbagallo. It was an interesting race 11 with all drivers pitting for new tyres during the 100km battle, however Dean Fiore, Scott Pye and Alexandre Premat were the exceptions who daringly tried to escape stopping during the race.
Dean Fiore had this approach working for him with his Dodo Insurance Racing Commodore leading the race, however he was nabbed with seven laps to go by number 1 Jamie Whincup. Whincup fought off Mark Winterbottom and his FPR Falcon as the pair battled for the front of the pack for the majority of the race, which was greatly aided by the duo being amongst the first to pit. This was overshadowed by Jason Bright who eventually took second from Mark Winterbottom with 2 laps left.
Bright in the BOC Holden was only 0.75s behind Whincup at the completion of race 11 after a rather unfavourable start, dropping from pole to fourth. His tyres did have the advantage in the end after pitting 6 laps behind Whincup and Mark Winterbottom, who finished 3rd.
Craig Lowndes’ attempt at gaining a back to back win following his triumph on Saturday were put to rest as he was forced to veer off the track to avoid Jason Bright in the early stages. Dean Fiore, Scott Pye and Alexandre Premat’s attempt at running the race without stopping proved detrimental after they ended the race coming in at 13th for Fiore, 19th for Premat and 27th for Pye.
The safety car was the sight to see for 4 of the first 5 laps after an incident between Holdsworth and David Wall which resulted in the Irwin racing Mercedes catching the sand trap on turn 6.
The final race for round 4 of the championship is set for this afternoon and by the looks of things, will be a thriller.
Jamie Whincup triumphs again in an electrifying race 12 at Barbagallo raceway.
The final instalment of racing at Barbagallo has rounded out a colossal, action packed weekend with Jamie Whincup defeating some tough competition including his team mate, Craig Lowndes and taking out race 12.
Coolant dropped by the SP Tools Mercedes reeked havoc for Whincup with the Red Bull Racing Holden losing the lead, taking a tour through the turn 7 sand trap on lap 15. Alongside Whincup, Mark Winterbottom also was caught by the destructive turn 7 sand trap. Despite initially dropping to 21st, he was able to recover and take a solid 12th position. Following the sand trap, Jamie pitted to repair damage and fell to second just behind Craig Lowndes. The 888 star looked like he had race 12 in the bag, however a minute mistake by Lowndes of running wide on the second safety car race restart, allowed the Number 1 Red Bull Racing Holden to slide past with just 11 laps remaining.
The sand traps got another work out with Russel Ingall and David Wall ending their race and causing the second safety car of the contest after becoming severely bogged at turn 7. Race 12’s first full course yellow flag was initiated due to Michael Caruso’s Nissan losing a tyre.
Jason Bright battled the pack and achieved third followed by Will Davidson, David Reynolds, Shane Van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard, James Moffat, Garth Tander and newcomer Chaz Mostert which wrapped up the top 10 for the final clash of round 4.