91 race victories. Take a moment to stop and think about the magnitude of that record.
Craig Lowndes has made history this weekend, recording his 91st win in a V8 Supercar, beating Mark Skaife’s previous record by taking the top podium spot at Barbagallo Raceway this weekend.
Mark came down from his TV commentary position to personally congratulate the three-time series champion. Craig was naturally, ecstatic.
“I knew I was getting close to it last year and equalling it in Adelaide, and now beating it here is fantastic. It is a great feeling.”
In the form of today’s 60/60 Super Sprint, Lowndes overtook his teammate early on in the second half of the race and took out Triple Eight’s 100th win. Jamie Whincup came in second with Ford’s Mark Winterbottom wrapping up the podium, and the top three were followed by Jason Bright, Alex Davison, Alexandre Premat, David Reynolds, James Courtney, Shane Van Gisbergen and James Moffat. Moffat’s top-ten finish was a big achievement for Nissan, and shows their progress in development through the series.
This Saturday’s race wasn’t just full of record-breaking drama however, with Scott Pye’s second smash for the season, flying off the track in the first half of the race. Pye’s EKOL Racing Holden Commodore almost barrel rolled after he got a nudge from Rick Kelly and then Tander on the last corner of the long-cornered circuit. Pye’s wheels left the ground and was airborne for 20 meters… but he isn’t quite sure what happened.
“I still don’t really know yet,” Pye said.
“It’s one of those things. It was the last lap (of the first half) and I was covering to defend. There must’ve been an overlap and Rick Kelly – or Todd, I’m not sure – got into the back of the car and turned me sideways and got into the door.
“Garth – when he hit me it was a full surprise. I didn’t realise he was on the inside, I couldn’t see that. And after that we were just very lucky the car didn’t go over. When I was flying through the air I had thoughts of Fabian Coulthard’s crash at Bathurst that year and I thought that was going to happen.
“I knew it was going for quite a while and the worst thing was, I knew I was sideways. Usually when it’s sideways it’s not the bet result.”
The pit crew must be getting used to Pye’s antics though, because his car was repaired in amazing time ahead of the second race leg!
Whincup is now points leader, followed by Davison, Lowndes, Bright and Van Gisbergen.
2013 V8 Supercars Chill Perth 360 – Race 1 Final Classification (50 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||1:13:05.0887|
|2.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 1.8565|
|3.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 1.9739|
|4.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 4.8843|
|5.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 8.9067|
|6.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 11.2999|
|7.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 13.3254|
|8.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 13.3758|
|9.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 13.4396|
|10.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 13.9191|
|11.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 14.0789|
|12.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 16.4860|
|13.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 17.2427|
|14.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 21.8286|
|15.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 22.0863|
|16.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 22.4105|
|17.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 22.7235|
|18.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 23.6083|
|19.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 27.1539|
|20.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 27.5420|
|21.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 29.5292|
|22.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 29.6989|
|23.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 29.8891|
|24.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 31.2497|
|25.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 31.5499|
|26.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||1 lap behind|
|27.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||1 lap behind|
|28.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||1 lap behind|
Meanwhile Casey Stoner, racing for the third time in the V8 Supercars Development series, struggled on four wheels and came in at 21st. It seems it is taking the former MotoGP Champion a little more time to get used to the different racing style.
“To be honest I wanted to have fun at the front of the pack,” said Stoner, who did actually clock the eighth fastest lap in the race.
“I was a little bit disappointed in a couple of the drivers that were blocking a little bit too much… and it made it impossible to overtake.”
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