It was a day dominated by the youngsters, with the Kiwi teenager Scott McLaughlin taking out the first race of the Sunday, and 21-year-old Chaz Mostert winning the second race at the Coates Hire Ipswich 360.
The comfortable wins by these two rookies is definitely a sign of things to come and shows us all that the series is in good hands!
The first race of the morning started with Championship leader Jamie Whincup and Fujitsu Racing GRM’s Scott McLaughlin on the front row. A good start from McLaughlin saw him taking the lead, with Mostert in second briefly before being overtaken again by Whincup.
McLaughlin led comfortably throughout the race, and Whincup and James Courtney joined him on the podium in second and third respectively. His second win of the season after his maiden win in his home country earlier in the season left him naturally ecstatic.
“And to be in front of Jamie Whincup at the end and I held him off the whole race, it just shows how good our car was and – not to blow wind up my arse – but how I feel I’m driving at the moment.”
Behind them came Fabian Coulthard, Jason Bright, Chaz Mostert, highest placed FPR positioned Alex Davison in seventh, David Reynolds (who didn’t finish yesterday), Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom rounding out the top ten. The highest placed Erebus, Tim Slade, was in 13th, a marked improvement from yesterday’s disappointment.
Todd Kelly in 22nd was the highest placed Nissan. Lee Holdsworth in the Mercedes for Irwin Racing has his bad luck continue after a three way contact with Pye and Shane Van Gisbergen that didn’t end well for him. Craig Lowndes, after winning at this track so many times, struggled and ended up in 12th from a qualifying position of 15th.
2013 V8 Supercars Ipswich 360 – Race 2 Final Classification (32 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||39:34.753|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 0.700|
|3.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 2.414|
|4.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 5.976|
|5.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 8.623|
|6.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 8.640|
|7.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 14.240|
|8.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 18.617|
|9.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 18.959|
|10.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 19.162|
|11.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 20.139|
|12.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 20.870|
|13.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 21.613|
|14.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 22.812|
|15.||Jonathon Webb||Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports||+ 23.954|
|16.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 24.087|
|17.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 25.268|
|18.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 26.086|
|19.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 26.750|
|20.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 26.849|
|21.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 30.134|
|22.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 30.500|
|23.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 31.925|
|24.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 32.598|
|25.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 34.460|
|26.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 36.834|
|27.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 38.726|
|DNF.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||5 laps|
The second race was an even bigger surprise for the race winner himself: Chaz Mostert, who didn’t even have a drive at the beginning of the year, proving he deserves to be on the track.
“I’ll pinch myself in the morning and make sure it wasn’t all a dream. For me I don’t really know what I am feeling, I’ll probably wake up tomorrow morning and wish it was tonight, still feeling as happy as I am now,” he beamed after claiming a lights to flag win in Sunday’s second race.
“This is what you strive for as a young fellow in go karts, and you think about getting to the top of the league and verse the best guys in the country.
"I had been watching Scotty getting a couple of wins and thinking ‘gees that guy is lucky’. But this, this is better than the seven wonders of the world I reckon. It’s hard yakka racing against these legends.”
Mostert has a long-term deal with FPR but is on loan at the moment to Wilson Security Racing.
Mostert started second on the grid, joining FPR’s Will Davison on the front line in pole. Mostert was joined on the podium by Davison and Mark Winterbottom. For FPR to have two places on the podium at a track usually dominated by Holden was good, although Davison wasn’t all too happy with the pace the car showed.
“I’ve got mixed emotions,” said Davison.
“Obviously pole was great and the last race was a massive improvement but I am a little surprised by the lack of speed in the first half of the race. That aside, it was a big improvement over the earlier race and we got a good result so it was a solid if not unspectacular race for me.”
“I think we maybe didn’t take the best overall direction with set-up across the weekend. We made the most in the final race and we got another solid result. It was great to see the young guys come through today and show us middle-aged drivers how it’s done," Winterbottom added after the race.
In fourth place was Bottle-O’s David Reynolds, who did well but suffered again from tyre issues early on in the piece after he locked up on an oil patch. He was followed by the consistent Coulthard in the Lockwood Racing Holden, then Lowndes, Bright, Slade in eigth, and Rick and Todd Kelly wrapping up the top ten.
Erebus Motorsport performed much better with Tim Slade coming in at eighth place. His disappointment showed though, and he thought the mistake he made in the early laps cost the team a better position, and possibly a podium. Slade veered off the road on after catching oil deposited by Tim Blanchard’s Ford, sliding from second down to 15th.
“The car was really, really good in the last race and it was enjoyable to drive. It’s the most enjoyable race I’ve had in the car this year because it actually was so good,” he rued afterwards.
“I just made a mistake there in the opening laps. I feel sorry for everyone in the team and although we got a really good result, there was a chance that it could have been even better.”
The other news was that Lee Holdsworth finally finished a race! He understandably wants this to continue and he said as much after the race.
“I want no more DNFs and I want to start moving forward. We need to find more pace in qualifying because that’s where it all starts and you set your weekend up,” he smiled.
Jamie Whincup also suffered problems, puncturing a tyre and ending up a lap down in 25th after hasty repairs to his Red Bull Racing Commodore.
2013 V8 Supercars Ipswich 360 – Race 3 Final Classification (32 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||38:01.951|
|2.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 2.010|
|3.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 3.994|
|4.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 7.608|
|5.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 7.977|
|6.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 8.399|
|7.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 14.984|
|8.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 15.972|
|9.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 23.237|
|10.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 23.421|
|11.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 26.327|
|12.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 26.475|
|13.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 28.817|
|14.||Jonathon Webb||Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports||+ 29.519|
|15.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 29.748|
|16.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 31.154|
|17.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 31.461|
|18.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 34.754|
|19.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 40.327|
|20.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 53.588|
|21.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 54.906|
|22.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 55.736|
|23.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 1 lap|
|24.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 1 lap|
|25.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 2 laps|
|26.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 6 laps|
|DNF.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||6 laps|
|DNF.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||1 lap|