Jim Beam Racing’s James Courtney had a clean sweep in the Ipswich 300 V8 Supercars event at Queensland Raceway, winning the second 200km leg of the weekend after polesitter and early race leader Jamie Whincup was forced into retirement.
Whincup – who replicated his earlier trick of pitting earlier than the rest of the runners to vault himself up the order – was leading and looked set for a good battle with Courtney, but his aspirations went up in smoke on lap 27 when the race restarted after a Safety Car intervention. He retired on the next lap with a broken rocker.
The Safety Car interruption to clear Jason Bargwanna’s retired Holden compressed the field, and Whincup’s stricken restart allowed Garth Tander and Courtney past into Turn 1. Courtney would pass Tander on the next lap to take the lead, which he would never let go of until the chequered flag.
Runner-up was Tander, who briefly lost second place to Russell Ingall during the second round of pit stops, but took it back from the Supercheap Auto driver with 10 laps to go.
Shane van Gisbergen had another impressive race, with the young Kiwi storming through the order in the latter stages of the race, passing Ingall for third and almost snatching second from Tander.
Ingall finished fourth, having lost ground and pace with a decision to make his second pit stop earlier than the majority of runners. Behind him was Craig Lowndes, salvaging some pride for Team Vodafone after his team-mate Whincup’s retirement. Lowndes staged an impressive late-race charge when his final (very late) pit stop dropped him to 11th.
Michael Caruso had an outstanding race after qualifying a lowly 27th. He rose 10 places before his first pit stop, and gained further ground when the Bargwanna Saferty Car came out. By mid-race he was up to seventh, and peaked with fourth before his second pit stop. Perhaps making his second stop cost him too much pace in the closing stages, but a ninth-placed result was an impressive outcome.
Caruso’s team-mate Lee Holdsworth had a dreadful weekend. He god bogged down from his fifth-placed grid position and was swamped by the pack on the run into Turn 1. A slight move to the right was enough to see him clip- the back-left corner of Mark Winterbottom’s Ford, and pitch him straight into the concrete at speed. Holdsworth was able to limp to the pits for repairs, and finished in last place, 10 laps down.
Race 2 Final Classification:
|1.||James Courtney||Jim Beam Racing Ford||1:26:25.081|
|2.||Garth Tander||TOLL HRT Holden||+ 11.516|
|3.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools Racing Ford||+ 13.469|
|4.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto Racing Holden||+ 16.723|
|5.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone Holden||+ 16.976|
|6.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing Holden||+ 20.153|
|7.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing Holden||+ 21.049|
|8.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing Ford||+ 21.734|
|9.||Steven Richards||Ford Performance Racing Ford||+ 26.703|
|10.||Tony D’Alberto||Centaur Racing Holden||+ 27.950|
|11.||Jason Bright||Trading Post Racing Holden||+ 30.286|
|12.||Jonathon Webb||Dick Johnson Racing Ford||+ 37.076|
|13.||Jason Richards||Team BOC Holden||+ 39.878|
|14.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing Holden||+ 44.116|
|15.||Dean Fiore||Triple-F Racing Ford||+ 44.364|
|16.||Will Davison||TOLL HRT Holden||+ 53.135|
|17.||Tim Slade||Wilson Security Racing Holden||+ 57.869|
|18.||Daniel Gaunt||Gulf Western Oil Racing Holden||+ 1:00.190|
|19.||Paul Dumbrell||Bottle-O Racing Holden||+ 1:02.828|
|20.||Fabian Coulthard||Bundaberg Red Racing Holden||+ 1:03.813|
|21.||Alex Davison||IRWIN Racing Ford||+ 1:03.902|
|22.||Tony Ricciardello||Stratco Racing Holden||+ 1:11.699|
|23.||Lee Holdsworth||Fujitsu Racing Holden||+ 10 laps|
|Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds Holden||53 laps|
|Andrew Thompson||Bundaberg Red Racing Holden||41 laps|
|Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone Holden||27 laps|
|Jason Bargwanna||ROCK Racing Holden||20 laps|
|Greg Murphy||Castrol Edge Racing Holden||4 laps|
|Mark Winterbottom||Ford Performance Racing Ford||0 laps|