After a rough race 6, Jamie Whincup in the Red Bull Racing Holden has finally broken the drought to win his first race of the 2013 season and Pukekohe Park Raceway this afternoon.
The race was made all the more interesting right at the end with Ford’s Mark Winterbottom’s risky push for the lead which led to Winterbottom nudging the RBR V8 on the last lap. Unfortunately for Winterbottom, the risk didn’t pay off as hoped and Whincup walked away with the top podium.
"Clearly Mark was very quick, but he had a big lunge – a silly lunge on the last lap," Whincup said of the collision.
"Hopefully the stewards don’t penalise him and they leave it up to us to sort out on the track.
"We all race hard and we should be able to go through a corner two-wide – no problems at all. But he was all locked up and out of control and took me out."
Winterbottom tried to focus on the positives.
“We had better race pace in the end. We ran him (Whincup) down and our pace was good but we haven’t got trophies to show for it,” he ruefully explained after the race.
“We have to try and put it to use tomorrow. The car was fast and we were unlucky in some spots and aggressive in others.
“I’m reasonably happy with the day but it didn’t come off as it should have.”
Winterbottom’s teammate, Will Davison was Ford Performance Racing’s man on the podium in second, with Garth Tander in third. Fabian Coulthard’s podium opportunity was snatched away after copping a 10-second penalty for jumping the start.
It was a shame for Coulthard, who had qualified on pole in front of a home crowd.
Jason Bright came in fourth, followed by Bottle-O’s David Reynolds, Shane Van Gisbergen and Nissan’s Rick Kelly.
There were two safety car appearances with a particularly scrappy restart the first time (due to Tim Slade’s stop on lap 14) leading to a second one (this time caused by James Courtney).
2013 V8 Supercars ITM 400 Auckland – Race 2 Final Classification (35 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||42:32.8445|
|2.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 1.3500|
|3.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 2.1626|
|4.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 3.3373|
|5.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 3.6342|
|6.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 5.1938|
|7.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 6.8299|
|8.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 7.3011|
|9.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 8.1853|
|10.||Fabian Coulthard*||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 10.6720|
|11.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 11.1319|
|12.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 13.0272|
|13.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 13.8391|
|14.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 14.3882|
|15.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 14.5411|
|16.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 15.4807|
|17.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 15.6600|
|18.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 16.6970|
|19.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 18.6550|
|20.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 18.8730|
|21.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 19.3174|
|22.||Jonny Reid||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 19.4711|
|23.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 19.7686|
|24.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 24.2791|
|25.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 27.3767|
|26.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 7 laps|
|DNF.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||18 laps|
* Denotes 10-second time penalty incurred for a jumped start