James Moffat has led home a historic 1-2 finish for Nissan Motorsport in today’s 60/60 SuperSprint race at Winton Raceway, claiming his and the Nissan Altima racer’s first win in the V8 Supercars Championship.
Leading home teammate Michael Caruso by less than a second, Moffat became the eleventh different racewinner and the fourth driver to claim his first career win in 2013.
Victory came courtesy of a shock retirement for polesitter and reigning champion Jamie Whincup, who was forced into the pits after just nine laps of the opening ‘leg’ race. His DNF handed the lead to Caruso, who led home Moffat and Ford’s Mark Winterbottom at the end of the first twenty-lap leg.
When the second twenty-lap race got underway after the ten-minute half-time interval, it was Moffat who surged into the lead while Caruso fluffed his getaway with a missed gearshift off the line.
The second-generation racer was never headed from that point, doing just enough to keep Caruso at bay to give the Altima its first win in its maiden year of competition, and Nissan’s first year since its last year in Australian touring car competition some 21 years before.
Former Winton winner Jason Bright finished third to complete the podium, overtaking Mark Winterbottom on the opening lap of the second leg to guarantee himself the final podium position.
Behind Winterbottom – who takes a healthy chunk of points out of Whincup’s championship lead – fifth place went to James Courtney, while Will Davison, Fabian Coulthard, Garth Tander, Russell Ingall and David Reynolds rounded out the top ten.
Whincup’s DNF was a complete disaster, however, as his teammate and closest championship rival, Craig Lowndes, had a torrid race and could only bring his ill-handling Holden home in 21st place.
Tomorrow sees the field tackle two 100-kilometre races, and all eyes will be on Nissan to see if it can back up on today’s significant result.
2013 V8 Supercars Winton 360 – Race 1 Final Classification (40 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||James Moffat||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||1:22:06.512|
|2.||Michael Caruso||Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 0.808|
|3.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 5.483|
|4.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 6.125|
|5.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 6.384|
|6.||Will Davison||Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing||+ 11.025|
|7.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 13.831|
|8.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / TWR||+ 18.019|
|9.||Russell Ingall||SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR||+ 18.345|
|10.||David Reynolds||Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 20.061|
|11.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 22.948|
|12.||Scott Pye||EKOL Racing / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 25.189|
|13.||Shane van Gisbergen||VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports||+ 26.116|
|14.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 26.850|
|15.||Alex Davison||Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing||+ 28.081|
|16.||Chaz Mostert||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 28.813|
|17.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 28.896|
|18.||Maro Engel||SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 29.083|
|19.||Scott McLaughlin||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 31.553|
|20.||Jonathon Webb||Darrell Lea Racing / Tekno Autosports||+ 32.100|
|21.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||+ 32.488|
|22.||Tim Slade||Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 32.641|
|23.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing||+ 35.025|
|24.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport||+ 35.221|
|25.||Dean Fiore||Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 35.393|
|26.||Lee Holdsworth||IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport||+ 35.575|
|27.||Tim Blanchard||Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 36.107|
|DNF.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering||9 laps|