Jason Bright shone even more brightly than his name suggests today, not only taking pole position and converting that to the top spot but helping his team, Brad Jones Racing, fittingly clinch the inaugural Jason Richards Memorial Trophy.
The Holden driver won the trophy by achieving the most points over the weekend’s four races and it was an emotional win for the driver who was a close friend and teammate of Richard’s at BJR.
Bright was presented the trophy by Richard’s widow, Charlotte.
"I think it sums it up. Car 8 wanted to win this race, the whole team wanted to take that trophy back to Albury. I was awake last night thinking about it." Bright said afterwards.
"Yesterday when I got tagged by James Courtney, I think he (Jason Richards) jumped in the car and saved that one for me because there was no way I was going to save that one.
"All I thought about this weekend and all the team thought about was that trophy so it’s very special."
In terms of the race itself, it was a Holden clean sweep of the podium with two time Pukekohe winner Garth Tander and former Championship leader Jamie Whincup in second and third respectively. Fabian Coulthard and Will Davison followed, meaning Davison is now in the lead for the Championship by 31 points.
The final race for the weekend was much less chaotic than the previous run (although that isn’t saying much). Winterbottom again had a left rear tire failure which was patched up. Alex Premat was hit with a penalty of 15 Championship points after failing to give way to Jonathon Webb on Turn 8.
In other news, large fines have been dealt out to the big Holden teams Red Bull and Walkinshaw Performance Racing as they failed to run fully operational digital video stewards cameras.
Russell Ingall’s Commodore was in breach during Races 6 and 7, and has been hit with a 62-point deduction (from the team’s points) as well as a $10,000 fine with $7,500 suspended until December 31st. Whincup was also in the same predicament and has been hit with the same fine and a 75-point deduction from the Team’s points.
2013 V8 Supercars ITM 400 Auckland – Race 4 Final Classification (35 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||37:39.1958|
|2.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 5.2290|
|3.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 6.3483|
|4.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 6.6496|
|5.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 7.3144|
|6.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 10.0085|
|7.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 10.1189|
|8.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 10.7824|
|9.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 15.1026|
|10.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 18.3753|
|11.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 24.3732|
|12.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 24.9864|
|13.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 28.9737|
|14.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 29.4321|
|15.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 30.0301|
|16.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 30.3853|
|17.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 33.3062|
|18.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 35.0840|
|19.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 35.4153|
|20.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 36.9402|
|21.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 37.8906|
|22.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 38.2400|
|23.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 38.9192|
|24.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 1 lap|
|25.||Jonny Reid||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 1 lap|
|DNF.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||6 laps|
|DNS.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport|
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