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.
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||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||40:33.8544|
|2.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 3.6575|
|3.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 4.8364|
|4.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 5.5382|
|5.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 9.1342|
|6.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 11.8202|
|7.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 12.6732|
|8.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 13.4561|
|9.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 16.4835|
|10.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 17.3441|
|11.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 17.5520|
|12.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 21.3347|
|13.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 21.9637|
|14.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 22.3089|
|15.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 22.6111|
|16.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 23.5824|
|17.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 24.0649|
|18.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 25.5154|
|19.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 28.1094|
|20.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 28.5025|
|21.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 30.4391|
|22.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 31.1468|
|23.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 31.6946|
|24.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 36.1126|
|25.||Jonny Reid||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 40.4815|
|26.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 47.9856|
|DNF.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||2 laps|
|DNF.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||1 lap|