Jason Bright claimed his first V8 Supercars win in two years

Sunday’s opener was taken out by the long time V8 driver Jason Bright, breaking his two year drought in the series. 

The Brad Jones Racing Commodore won Race 2 of the Tasmania Microsoft 365 by 3.5 seconds, in front of Garth Tander’s Holden, and gave the BJR outfit more to cheer about with his team mate Fabian Coulthard taking out the previous day’s race. 

It was a double podium for Brad Jones Racing with Coulthard slipping behind Tander early in the race and finishing up third, in front of the Championship leader Jamie Whincup.  Bright made a clean start from pole position and led the race from lights to flag. 

Craig Lowndes didn’t have the weekend he was hoping for and rounded off the top in 10th place. New comer Scott McLaughlin came in at eighth in his Holden, followed by Dean Fiore. Davison, Winterbottom and Courtney placed fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. 

Bright lamented his racing record but was positive about the rest of the series. 

“It’s been too long again,” he said after the 42-lap race. “I seem to be putting long breaks in between my wins, but the car has come out of the box strong and hopefully it will continue for the rest of the year.”

The main talking point was the early drama when David Reynolds’ Falcon smashed into not one, but two “walls” on lap two. 

The offending corner was the infamous slow hairpin and Reynolds found himself the loser in a three-abreast scrap between Michael Caruso’s Nissan and David Wall’s Wilson Security Racing Holden.  Both Wall and Reynolds were unable to finish the race.

Wall came off worse for wear after mounting the Turn 4 guardrail...Fortunately, Reynolds walked away unhurt from the impact that had caused his Bottle-O Ford to lift on two wheels and mount the outside guardrail before crashing back to earth. The front suspension was ripped off, but the team managed to repair the car sufficiently for Race 3 later that day. 

“I was racing away and then I was almost upside down along the fence,” Reynolds said.

“I’m not really sure what happened but I think I hit two ‘Walls’ simultaneously. One was a person.  Everyone slowed up a lot so I went around the outside and got good traction and drive. Wall was beside me, and then next thing I knew I was half upside down.”

“I thought I was going over.”

That would have been an interesting moment…

2013 V8 Supercars Tasmania 365 – Race 2 Final Classification (42 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 40:33.8544
2. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 3.6575
3. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 4.8364
4. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 5.5382
5. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 9.1342
6. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 11.8202
7. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 12.6732
8. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 13.4561
9. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 16.4835
10. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 17.3441
11. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 17.5520
12. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 21.3347
13. Tony D’Alberto Holden HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 21.9637
14. Scott Pye Holden EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 22.3089
15. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 22.6111
16. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 23.5824
17. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 24.0649
18. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 25.5154
19. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 28.1094
20. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 28.5025
21. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 30.4391
22. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 31.1468
23. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 31.6946
24. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 36.1126
25. Jonny Reid Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 40.4815
26. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 47.9856
Not Classified    
DNF. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing 2 laps
DNF. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing 1 lap

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