Mark Winterbottom claimed his first win of the 2011 season

Mark Winterbottom has claimed his first victory of the 2011 V8 Supercars season after he and co-driver staged a hard-charging drive to win today’s 300-kilometre leg of the ArmorAll 600 on the Gold Coast.

With co-driver Richard Lyons starting the #5 Ford Performance Racing entry from the second row of the grid, the Irishman kept in touch with the leaders to ensure that Winterbottom could remain in contention when he took over behind the wheel during the driver changeover.

‘Frosty’ successfully chased down race leader Jamie Whincup, passing the Triple 8 Holden driver with less than ten laps to go, securing the team’s first win of an often trying season – incredibly, it was just the third race win of the year for Ford.

A mid-race safety car proved a blessing in disguise for Winterbottom, as it allowed him to jump Craig Lowndes’ second-placed Triple 8 Holden when he was forced to queue in the pits behind team-mate Whincup. His disastrous weekend was capped off by being forced to pit again with damage; he finished a distant 20th.

The hold-up meant Lowndes dropped to twelfth place, all but consigning him to collecting what points he could, while Whincup was able to further extend the championship lead he reclaimed after winning yesterday’s first race (which Lowndes failed to finish).

Whincup and co-driver Sebastien Bourdais finished second, with the Frenchman tearfully accepting the Dan Wheldon Trophy bestowed to the best ‘international class’ driver at the event.

Third place was claimed by the Garry Rogers Holden pairing of Lee Holdsworth and Frenchman Simon Pagenaud.

The start of the race effectively set the tone for what turned out to be a panel-bending race. Christian Klien was deposited into the barriers courtesy of fellow former F1 driver Jan Magnussen, which prompted a safety car intervention while Klien’s stricken #55 Rod Nash Racing Ford was recovered.

IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe (co-driver with Garth Tander) retired the #2 HRT Holden with a broken rear axle after a dozen laps, and just two laps later, Augusto Farfus was tipped into a spin by Richard Westbrook.

A host of the ‘international class’ drivers were issued with drive-through penalties for too much kerb-hopping at the Turn 2 chicane, with all being served before it was realised that the sensor installed in the kerb was malfunctioning.

 

V8 Supercars 2011 ArmorAll Gold Coast 600 Race 2 Final Standings (102 laps):

Driver Team Laps Result
1. M. Winterbottom / R. Lyons Ford Ford Performance Racing 102 2:14:08.1572
2. J. Whincup / S. Bourdais Holden Triple 8 Race Engineering 102 + 1.5564
3. L. Holdsworth / S. Pagenaud Holden Garry Rogers Motorsport 102 + 3.1042
4. G. Murphy / O. Gavin Holden Kelly Racing 102 + 8.6988
5. R. Kelly / J. Bergmeister Holden Kelly Racing 102 + 11.2793
6. J. Courtney / D. Turner Holden Holden Racing Team 102 + 11.9509
7. S. Owen / B. Said Holden Paul Morris Motorsport 102 + 13.4878
8. R. Ingall / J. Magnussen Holden Paul Morris Motorsport 102 + 14.9391
9. T. Kelly / R. Westbrook Holden Kelly Racing 102 + 15.3354
10. T. Slade / H. Castroneves Ford Stone Brothers Racing 102 + 15.5574
11. D. Reynolds / A. Tagliani Holden Kelly Racing 102 + 17.0818
12. S. Johnson / D. Müller Ford Dick Johnson Racing 102 + 17.5720
13. J. Webb / G. De Ferran Ford Tekno Autosports 102 + 17.6506
14. W. Davison / M. Salo Ford Ford Performance Racing 102 + 19.7038
15. F. Coulthard / P. Long Holden Walkinshaw Racing 102 + 21.7543
16. S. van Gisbergen / E. Pirro Ford Stone Brothers Racing 102 + 27.1349
17. J. Bargwanna / A. Simonsen Holden Brad Jones Racing 102 + 39.0365
18. A. Davison / M. Lieb Ford Stone Brothers Racing 102 + 43.4389
19. T/ D’Alberto / V. Liuzzi Ford Tony D’Alberto Racing 102 + 43.9577
20. C. Lowndes / A. Priaulx Holden Triple 8 Race Engineering 102 + 53.1137
21. M. Caruso / A. Farfus Holden Garry Rogers Motorsport 99 3 laps behind
22. K. Reindler / F. Giovanardi Holden Britek / Brad Jones Racing 98 4 laps behind
23. G. Tander / R. Briscoe Holden Holden Racing Team 82 20 laps behind
           
  NOT CLASSIFIED        
DNF. J. Moffat / J. Hand Ford Dick Johnson Racing 77 Mechanical
DNF. D. Fiore / G. Morbidelli Ford Triple F Racing 51 Collision
DNF. J. Bright / S. Sarrazin Holden Brad Jones Racing 51 Collision
DNF. W. Luff / M. Franchitti Holden Lucas Dumbrell 15 Engine
DNF. P. Dumbrell / C. Klien Ford Rod Nash / FPR 0 Collision

 [Image and video via V8 Supercars]

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