Team BOC’s Jason Bright has taken a long overdue V8 Supercars race win after crossing the finish line first in the second race of the three-part Trading Post Perth Challenge at Barbagallo Raceway. Completing the podium were Jamie Whincup and Jason Bright won Race 2 championship veteran Jason Bargwanna.

It was Bright’s first win since 2006, and the result will give him great confidence as heads into this afternoon’s final race, which he will start from the front row. However, the race will best be remembered for a shocking start-line accident involving his Brad Jones Racing stablemate Karl Reindler…

A terrifying start-line collision between Karl Reindler and Steve Owen saw both cars erupt in flames after an unsighted Owen ploughed into the back of Reindler’s stalled Commodore.

d20110501-h10m39s24-_D3L0017 Steve Owen's car is ablaze Reindler emerges from his fiery Commodore

There were grave fears for the safety of both drivers as their cars exploded into flames, but fortunately both were able to emerge from their cars unassisted while pit crews sprinted over the pit wall to try and put out the fire.

The race was red-flagged and Reindler was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation and superficial burns to his hands and face. The accident has all but ruled out the further participation of either driver ahead of today’s final race.

The race eventually got underway and Bright was able to end his 138-race winless streak with a faultless performance, winning by 4.4 seconds from the ever-consistent Jamie Whincup.

And despite the fright for Reindler, it was a day of positives for the Brad Jones Racing outfit, with Jason Bargwanna finishing third after passing Craig Lowndes for the place on the final lap. It was the veteran’s first podium finish since 2004.

Lowndes finished fourth ahead of Tim Slade, Alex Davison, Garth Tander, Will Davison, Lee Holdsworth and Shane van Gisbergen.

Reigning V8 Supercars champion James Courtney had yet more dramas this weekend, this time collecting Rick Kelly after his pit stop and damaging his steering. He finished 26th and last, ten laps adrift.


V8 Supercars Trading Post Perth Challenge Final Classification (Race 2 – 50 laps):

Driver Team Result
1. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC 49:03:8794
2. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone + 4.4552
3. Jason Bargwanna Holden Jana Living Racing + 10.6592
4. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone + 12.4874
5. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing + 12.7231
6. Alex Davison Ford Irwin Racing + 16.4454
7. Garth Tander Holden TOLL Holden Racing Team + 17.4286
8. Will Davison Ford Trading Post FPR + 33.8346
9. Lee Holdsworth Holden Fujitsu Racing GRM + 39.6668
10. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tool Racing FPR + 47.2141
11. Fabian Coulthard Holden Bundaberg Racing + 48.0292
12. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto Racing + 49.4230
13. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel FPR + 51.9350
14. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing + 55.4303
15. Jonathon Webb Ford Mother Energy Racing Team + 55.5226
16. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s Racing + 57.4328
17. James Moffat Ford Jim Beam Racing + 58.6357
18. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing GRM 1 lap behind
19. Paul Dumbrell Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team 1 lap behind
20. David Reynolds Holden Stratco Racing 1 lap behind
21. Dean Fiore Ford Triple F Racing 1 lap behind
22. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s Racing 1 lap behind
23. Tony D’Alberto Ford Wilson Security Racing 1 lap behind
24. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew 1 lap behind
25. Warren Luff Holden Gulf Western Oil Racing 2 laps behind
26. James Courtney Holden TOLL Holden Racing Team 10 laps behind
DNF. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing 0 laps
DNF. Steve Owen Holden VIP Petfoods 0 laps

[Images via V8 Supercars]

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