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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.

McLaughlin claimed his second win of the 2013 championship“How can you say anything – I’m speechless!” he beamed. “It’s something that you work towards for your whole life, you get one win you’re surprised and to get two, it’s awesome.

“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 Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 39:34.753
2. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 0.700
3. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 2.414
4. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 5.976
5. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 8.623
6. Chaz Mostert Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 8.640
7. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 14.240
8. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 18.617
9. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 18.959
10. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 19.162
11. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 20.139
12. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 20.870
13. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 21.613
14. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 22.812
15. Jonathon Webb Holden Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports + 23.954
16. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 24.087
17. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 25.268
18. Tony D’Alberto Holden HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 26.086
19. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 26.750
20. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 26.849
21. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 30.134
22. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 30.500
23. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 31.925
24. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 32.598
25. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 34.460
26. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 36.834
27. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 38.726
  Not Classified      
DNF. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport 5 laps

Chaz Mostert claimed a lights-to-flag victory in Race 3

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.

Punctures were the order of the day for several Holden runners, with Whincup finishing a lap down after a front-left blowout ruined his carPrevious race winner Scott McLaughlin wasn’t as lucky during the last race of the weekend, struggling with a punctured tyre that sapped at his performance throughout the race. 

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 Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 38:01.951
2. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 2.010
3. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 3.994
4. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 7.608
5. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 7.977
6. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 8.399
7. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 14.984
8. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 15.972
9. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 23.237
10. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 23.421
11. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 26.327
12. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 26.475
13. Tony D’Alberto Holden HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 28.817
14. Jonathon Webb Holden Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports + 29.519
15. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 29.748
16. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 31.154
17. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 31.461
18. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 34.754
19. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 40.327
20. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 53.588
21. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 54.906
22. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 55.736
23. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 1 lap
24. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 1 lap
25. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 2 laps
26. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 6 laps
  Not Classified      
DNF. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 6 laps
DNF. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR 1 lap

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