Jamie Whincup and Fabian Coulthard shared race honours as the inaugural V8 Supercars visit to America was brought to a close

Fabian Coulthard and Jamie Whincup have claimed one win apiece as the curtain was brought down on the V8 Supercar Championship’s inaugural visit to the Circuit of the Americas on Sunday.

After Whincup had claimed victory in Saturday’s two 100-kilometre races, it was Coulthard’s turn to break the Red Bull Racing Australia team’s five-race winning streak, which had run from the preceding three-race round at Barbagallo Raceway the month before.

After Whincup had secured pole position for both of Sunday’s races, it looked like the RBR team would romp to another whitewash, aided by the fact that the shortened ‘National Circuit’ layout – being used instead of the full Grand Prix layout – had not produced much in the way of overtaking in the two Saturday races.

But Coulthard had other ideas. While Whincup managed to convert pole position into the lead in the opening laps, he was quickly elbowed aside with firm passing moves by Ford’s Mark Winterbottom, followed by Coulthard.

Coulthard chased Winterbottom until the compulsory pit stops, and the lead became his when the Ford pit crew was delayed by a cross-threaded wheelnut, which dropped a frustrated ‘Frosty’ to seventh place when he emerged from the pits.

Coulthard fended off Craig Lowndes to win Sunday's opening raceThat now gave Coulthard the race lead ahead of Whincup’s teammate Craig Lowndes, with Whincup following hot in Lowndes’ wheeltracks in third place.

The field was compressed with a brief Safety Car period due to debris on the circuit, but Coulthard kept enough in hand when the race was restarted to claim victory and complete another all-Holden podium.

There was some conjecture after the race when it was revealed that the stewards wanted to look into his restart – some felt that he jumped a little too quickly when the green flag was thrown – but the officials ruled that he would be allowed to keep the win.

The Holdens dominated the top six positions at the ‘home’ event for their parent company, General Motors, with the Tekno Holdens of Jonathon Webb and Shane van Gisbergen showing good form to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Garth Tander claimed sixth in his TOLL HRT entry, ahead of a frustrated Winterbottom.

Rick Kelly claimed another top-ten finish for the Nissan stable by finishing ninth, although he ran as high as fourth after the pit stops before losing ground courtesy of a combination of fuel-saving and a few aggressive passes by his rivals.


2013 V8 Supercars Austin 400 – Race 3 Final Classification (27 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing 45:24.8159
2. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 0.9402
3. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 2.5474
4. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 5.1604
5. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 10.4711
6. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 10.8037
7. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 11.7817
8. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 11.9711
9. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 13.7901
10. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 15.1668
11. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 17.0564
12. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 17.0976
13. Chaz Mostert Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 22.5896
14. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 22.9029
15. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 23.5216
16. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 23.9679
17. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 24.1729
18. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 25.7548
19. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 26.0261
20. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 27.3574
21. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 27.9187
22. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 30.8187
23. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 34.1977
24. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 34.7085
25. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 34.9064
26. Tony D’Alberto Holden HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 35.2637
27. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 44.3659
28. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 1:11.7316

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Now that’s a trophy! Whincup will face a hell of a challenge getting that into his carry-on luggage, let alone past Australia’s tough quarantine inspectors…


Whincup wasn’t going to take defeat lying down, and in the final race of the event, he claimed his third win of the weekend to move into a healthy lead in the Drivers’ Championship table.

Once again, his main rival was Coulthard, who applied enormous pressure in the opening phase of the race until the pit stops.

But Whincup kept enough in hand to pull out a three-second margin over the Kiwi in the closing laps to win, with Coulthard’s compatriot Shane van Gisbergen earning his podium finish since his home event at Pukekohe Raceway.

Garth Tander showed the HRT Holden outfit’s improved race pace with a good run to fourth place, fending off Craig Lowndes – who had climbed up from twelfth on the grid – for the position.

Whincup’s championship hopes were given a further boost as a result of a disastrous race for his main championship rival, Will Davison, who crashed into Scott McLaughlin in a misjudged passing move on the GRM Holden driver. Compounding the Ford driver’s woes, he was docked 25 championship points by the stewards after the race for the driving error.


2013 V8 Supercars Austin 400 – Race 4 Final Classification (27 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering 47:20.7324
2. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 2.7661
3. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 8.3609
4. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 10.5926
5. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 11.3843
6. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 12.9529
7. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 14.7754
8. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 14.9314
9. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 17.3064
10. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 19.0691
11. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 20.8848
12. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 21.1509
13. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 22.8238
14. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 25.6506
15. Chaz Mostert Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 26.4166
16. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 28.9671
17. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 29.9029
18. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 31.9890
19. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 32.2471
20. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 33.5396
21. Tony D’Alberto Holden HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 36.3489
22. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 39.2808
23. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 45.2964
24. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 1:04.9939
25. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 1:15.5279
26. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 1:34.7512
27. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 5 laps
Not Classified    
DNF. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing 3 laps

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