Red Bull Racing’s Holden Commodores took out the 1-2 for Race 12 at the Barbagallo Raceway yesterday as Whincup’s winning streak continued. It makes it a clean sweep for the dominating team over the weekend at the Chilli Perth 360.
Coming ahead of his teammate Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup’s two Sunday wins and second Saturday spot moves him up to the top of the Championship. He’s hoping that it will continue.
“We’ve been saying we’re slowly improving and that we’re going to get there, so it’s good to be able to finally prove we can go quick and hopefully this is the start of something big and we can continue this form onto Texas and the rest of the year.” Whincup said.
Whincup’s win didn’t come too easily; although he started on pole in an RBR front line, coolant on the track meant he found himself off said track briefly during lap 15.
Lowndes was pipped by his team mate in a move on lap 32, with Whincup making the most of the difference in tyre life. Lowndes was happy with the result nonetheless.
“The car was good in the last part of the race but we just didn’t have the tyres to keep Jamie at bay. It was tooth and nail right at the end. He had a full set at the end and I only had half a set, so I think that might have hurt us a little bit but we’re happy. It’s a Red Bull one-two for the second time this weekend.”
Lowndes was gracious as ever, an interesting dynamic compared to RBR in Formula 1!
"You always give your teammate a little bit more room than anyone else,” said Lowndes.
Jason Bright had an off-start to the weekend for Team BOC, and even though he finished off in Race 12 with a respectable third place, reports that there is something a little off with the ride.
"Unfortunately though something’s gone wrong. I haven’t found out exactly what yet but the car started locking the right-front really badly and under-steering to the right. I thought I was going to have to give up a couple of positions because I was really struggling for the first couple of laps and nearly crashed into Craig. I think we were lucky to get third in the end considering that but I think we deserved better."
Behind the top three, the top 10 was Will Davison, David Reynolds, Shane Van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard, James Moffat, Tander and debutant Chaz Mostert in 10th.
Embarrassingly for FPR and Mark Winterbottom, Race 12 was a repeat of the same wheel nut issue experience in Adelaide.
The slow pit stop pushed Winterbottom down 12 spots from ninth to 21st. He finished just outside the top ten in 11th, but is now ninth in the Championship standings.
“It is frustrating that we’ve had a lot of little things happen throughout the year so far as they are all points we are losing.
“It is disappointing but we aren’t doing much wrong, we just need a bit of luck.”
Garth Tander and the #2 Holden Racing Team Commodore also struggled this weekend, having trouble with grip and contact with other cars.
“We certainly missed the mark here this weekend.” He said.
“We haven’t been able to get the car in the window, so it’s frustrating given it’s my home race and 200 rounds this weekend. It always seems on these milestone weekends that I never really have a great weekend. So hopefully event 201 is a bit better than 200.”
Nissan showed fine form this weekend, with James Moffat coming in eighth place. Three for three in the top 10 was a solid result for the series returnees.
"It has been a good weekend…The car was very good in all the races. It’s a great race car, and we know where our weaknesses are, and the team is working as hard and as fast as they can to improve them.” Moffat said.
"This is by far the best result that I’ve had here at Barbagallo. It’s one of the hardest places on tyres, which shows how well the chassis is performing.
"I think with the ongoing development of the car, I see no reason why we can’t be more of a threat up the front of the field. You don’t want to count your chickens too early, but the signs are good."
The other highlight was debutant Chaz for DJR, who is on loan from the factory team. He placed in the top ten, but FPR’s Team Principal Tim Edwards said he wasn’t surprised.
“I wasn’t surprised at all that he was so competitive. I hoped he’d get a top 10 result and that’s exactly what he did.”
Mostert was pretty happy with it all too, understandably!
“All weekend my pace was around the 15th mark so I was pretty happy with that, I’ve just got to learn to conserve a bit and in time hopefully I pick up a bit more pace with experience too,” Mostert said.
Russell Ingall lost 25 Championship points for ‘driving in a careless manner’, and Todd Kelly lost 15 Points for contact with Alex Premat.
Next stop, Texas!
2013 V8 Supercars Chill Perth 360 – Race 2 Final Classification (42 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||46:16.0085|
|2.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 1.5724|
|3.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 5.6854|
|4.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 6.1191|
|5.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 7.4266|
|6.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 7.6297|
|7.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 9.5669|
|8.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 10.7402|
|9.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 11.2686|
|10.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 12.4075|
|11.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 13.0868|
|12.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 13.1404|
|13.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 15.0332|
|14.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 15.5244|
|15.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 16.7425|
|16.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 16.7770|
|17.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 17.5651|
|18.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 17.9464|
|19.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||+ 18.6461|
|20.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 19.5012|
|21.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 20.0061|
|22.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 20.8652|
|23.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 31.6624|
|24.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 5 laps|
|Not Classified||Entry / Team||Result|
|DNF.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||26 laps|
|DNF.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||26 laps|
|DNF.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||17 laps|
|DNF.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||7laps|