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 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.
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):
|1.||Jason Bright||Team BOC||49:03:8794|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone||+ 4.4552|
|3.||Jason Bargwanna||Jana Living Racing||+ 10.6592|
|4.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone||+ 12.4874|
|5.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing||+ 12.7231|
|6.||Alex Davison||Irwin Racing||+ 16.4454|
|7.||Garth Tander||TOLL Holden Racing Team||+ 17.4286|
|8.||Will Davison||Trading Post FPR||+ 33.8346|
|9.||Lee Holdsworth||Fujitsu Racing GRM||+ 39.6668|
|10.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tool Racing FPR||+ 47.2141|
|11.||Fabian Coulthard||Bundaberg Racing||+ 48.0292|
|12.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto Racing||+ 49.4230|
|13.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel FPR||+ 51.9350|
|14.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing||+ 55.4303|
|15.||Jonathon Webb||Mother Energy Racing Team||+ 55.5226|
|16.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||+ 57.4328|
|17.||James Moffat||Jim Beam Racing||+ 58.6357|
|18.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing GRM||1 lap behind|
|19.||Paul Dumbrell||The Bottle-O Racing Team||1 lap behind|
|20.||David Reynolds||Stratco Racing||1 lap behind|
|21.||Dean Fiore||Triple F Racing||1 lap behind|
|22.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing||1 lap behind|
|23.||Tony D’Alberto||Wilson Security Racing||1 lap behind|
|24.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew||1 lap behind|
|25.||Warren Luff||Gulf Western Oil Racing||2 laps behind|
|26.||James Courtney||TOLL Holden Racing Team||10 laps behind|
|DNF.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||0 laps|
|DNF.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods||0 laps|
[Images via V8 Supercars]
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