It was all about the tyres during Race 11, the second race for the Chilli Perth 360’s Barbagallo Weekend. In the end, Red Bull Racing’s Jamie Whincup – who retook the Championship lead on Saturday – took first place in front of a threatening Jason Bright and FPR’s Mark Winterbottom.
Either way, Jamie Whincup feels like he has his ‘mojo back’.
Coulthard, Will Davison, James Courtney, Shane van Gisbergen, Craig Lowndes, Alex Davison and James Moffat completed the top ten.
Bright had a terrible start and fell back from his hard won pole position to fourth at the first turn, after being swallowed up by Will Davison, Coulthard and Whincup.
Pit stop strategy was what ended up clinching the race though, with Whincup’s early stop allowing him to drive on ahead earlier on. Bright stayed on later and took advantage of the tire fade later in the race – although he was still 0.7 seconds behind Jamie, he did make up quite some time (and a critical position in front of Winterbottom) in the last few laps.
Dean Fiore, who looked to complete the entire race on the single set of tires, finished just outside the top 10 in 13th place. He did well up to a point, however towards the end was overwhelmed by the rest of the pack on fresher sets. Apparently though, that wasn’t even part of the original gameplan!
“It wasn’t the initial plan – but the boys saw how the race panned out and thought with the time lost potentially pitting, we thought we’d stay out,” Fiore said after Race 11.
And how was the drivability towards the end of the race?
“Very bad! I just had absolutely no grip and was using different gears around the circuit and everything.”
Rookies Scott McLaughlin and new comer Chaz Mostert came in at respectable 14th and 15th places respectively.
2013 V8 Supercars Chill Perth 360 – Race 2 Final Classification (42 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||43:38.5140|
|2.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.7530|
|3.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 2.8806|
|4.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 4.4059|
|5.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 4.8087|
|6.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 6.5776|
|7.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 11.0971|
|8.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 14.1553|
|9.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 15.0612|
|10.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 15.4723|
|11.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 15.9098|
|12.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 16.6466|
|13.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 18.4623|
|14.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 19.5329|
|15.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 19.8547|
|16.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 20.5105|
|17.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 22.6374|
|18.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 26.2194|
|19.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 28.1755|
|20.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 24.6846|
|21.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 30.7528|
|22.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 31.4285|
|23.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 31.4985|
|24.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 33.6898|
|25.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 33.9248|
|26.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 36.8688|
|27.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||1 lap behind|
|Not Classified||Entry / Team||Result|
|DNF.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||0 laps|