Jason Bright won the final Pukekohe race and the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy

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. 

Bright was presented with the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy by Richards' 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 Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 37:39.1958
2. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 5.2290
3. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 6.3483
4. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 6.6496
5. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 7.3144
6. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 10.0085
7. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 10.1189
8. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 10.7824
9. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 15.1026
10. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 18.3753
11. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 24.3732
12. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 24.9864
13. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 28.9737
14. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 29.4321
15. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 30.0301
16. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 30.3853
17. Tony D’Alberto Holden HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 33.3062
18. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 35.0840
19. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 35.4153
20. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 36.9402
21. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 37.8906
22. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 38.2400
23. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 38.9192
24. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 1 lap
25. Jonny Reid Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 1 lap
Not Classified    
DNF. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 6 laps
DNS. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport  

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