Mark Winterbottom has finally broken through to claim his first championship race win of the season, fending off a fast-closing Jamie Whincup to claim victory at the V8 Supercars’ last-ever outing on the streets of Hamilton.
Winterbottom managed to convert his front-row start into a first corner lead ahead of Ford Performance Racing team-mate and pole-sitter Will Davison. The pair held a solid 1-2 for much of the race, until Davison was eventually overtaken by Whincup at just over half-distance.
Whincup had himself faced a stern test in today’s 59-lap race. He’d started a lucky third after a crash in qualifying, and made a poor getaway off the line in his hastily-repaired TeamVodafone Commodore.
With Davison out of the way, he reeled off a succession of quick laps to bridge the gap to Winterbottom, giving fans a spectacular finish as the pair duelled for the win.
Ultimately it was Winterbottom who prevailed to claim his first maximum points’ score, with ‘Frosty’ having shown front-running pace since the start of the season.
Davison settled for third place and maintains his championship lead over Whincup, while behind him, the top-ten was completed by Craig Lowndes, Fabian Coulthard, Lee Holdsworth, David Reynolds, Tony D’Alberto, Todd Kelly and Shane van Gisbergen.
Given the disastrous news that has seemingly afflicted Australian motorsport coverage this weekend, it was ironic that the V8 Supercars telecast had its own dramas, with a technical failure stopping live transmission in those crucial last two laps, much to the fury of the series’ many fans.
The series now heads to Western Australia to compete in the three-race Trading Post Challenge at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway.
2012 V8 Supercars ITM400 Hamilton – Race 2 Result (59 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Laps||Result|
|1.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||59||59 laps|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||59||+ 0.7247|
|3.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||59||+ 13.9516|
|4.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||59||+ 23.2582|
|5.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||59||+ 24.3533|
|6.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||59||+ 26.9937|
|7.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||59||+ 37.4299|
|8.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||59||+ 42.1515|
|9.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||59||+ 46.1106|
|10.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||59||+ 50.7248|
|11.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||59||+ 51.6136|
|12.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||59||+ 53.3337|
|13.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||59||+ 53.4270|
|14.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||59||+ 59.1139|
|15.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||59||+ 59.3717|
|16.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||59||+ 59.5274|
|17.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||59||+ 59.6991|
|18.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||59||+ 1:11.1624|
|19.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||59||+ 1:16.5855|
|20.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||59||+ 1:20.7575|
|21.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||59||+ 1:27.2093|
|22.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||59||+ 1:32.8326|
|23.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||58||+ 1 lap|
|24.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||58||+ 1 lap|
|25.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||51||+ 8 laps|
|26.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||47||+ 12 laps|
|DNF.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||48||Damage|
|DNF.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||13||Accident|