In a hard fought race with a little bit of luck, David Reynolds and Dean Canto have taken the top spot on the podium today at the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600 in the Ford Bottle-O racer.
The blockbuster weekend at Surfers on the beautiful Goldie drew a crowd of 175,238, in a couple of days that culminated in the 28-year-old driver finally clinching his first Gold Coast 600 title after securing pole position earlier in the day.
“Yeah it’s magnificent isn’t it!” Reynolds exclaimed after the race. “Huge, huge result for the team… This is the weekend where it’s all come together – pole position so we got a fast car, we used it well and we won the race.”
The Bottle-O Racing Ford was engaged in a race-long battle with the #22 HRT Commodore of James Courtney and Greg Murphy, fresh from extensive overnight repairs following a huge crash in Saturday’s first 300-kilometre race.
Reynolds returned to the lead following the final sequence of pit stops, but the battle came to an abrupt end in the final twenty laps when Courtney was catastrophically forced to retire when he clobbered the kerbs and broke a steering arm.
A double-DNF was a massive blow for a combination that had proven to be quick all weekend.
“The team don’t deserve to come away without a result. This is totally soul destroying,” Murphy lamented after the race.
Reynolds and Canto were joined by Fabian Coulthard and Luke Youlden on the podium in second, and in third was V8 veteran Russell Ingall with Ryan Briscoe.
Last year’s Championship leader and the man who just lost the top spot, Jamie Whincup, came in fourth with his co-driver Paul Dumbrell, and Erebus Mercedes with Lee Holdsworth and Craig Baird in fifth.
Rick Kelly / Karl Reindler were sixth in the Jack Daniel’s Nissan, followed by Garth Tander / Nick Percat and current Championship leader Craig Lowndes / Warren Luff in eighth. Will Davison / Steve Owen and Michael Caruso / Daniel Gaunt rounded up the top ten finishers.
With victory in Saturday’s race and a solid top-ten result on Sunday, Lowndes and Luff picked up the inaugural PIRTEK Enduro Cup trophy. The trophy, in a first for the Championship, is awarded to the duo who scored the most points over the three endurance events: the Wilson Security Sandown 500, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and the ARMOR ALL Gold Coast 600. Lowndes and Luff, despite their eighth place positioning today, still had the lead by 78 points over Whincup and Dumbrell.
The race had two safety car appearances and a couple of prangs that caused some grief. David Brabham had some contact on the first lap that led him and Tim Slade to only securing the twentieth position – and meant he had to get out the passenger door for the driver change-over!
Even more devastating was the #5 car, driven by Championship contender Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards. The duo, which had such a fantastic run at Bathurst only a few weeks ago, suffered from a broken damper which cost them two laps. The Ford Performance Racing Pepsi-Max car finished in 18th and Winterbottom is now 88 points off the lead with only four races remaining. Scott McLaughlin also had electrical problems in the Fujitsu GRM.
Van Gisbergen got caught up in Scott Pye’s error on Lap 65, where the rookie understeered into Turn 3 and was unable to recover (pictured left).
The next event of the V8 Supercars championship is the Phillip Island 360 on November 22 to 24 and RichardsF1.com will keep you posted with all the news so stay tuned!
2013 V8 Supercars Gold Coast 600 – Race 1 Final Classification (102 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||David Reynolds / Dean Canto||Ford Performance Racing||+ 33.483|
|2.||Fabian Coulthard / Luke Youlden||Brad Jones Racing||+ 1.184|
|3.||Russell Ingall / Ryan Briscoe||Walkinshaw Performance||+ 1.793|
|4.||Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell||Triple 8 Engineering||+ 2.486|
|5.||Lee Holdsworth / Craig Baird||Erebus Motorsport||+ 2.920|
|6.||Rick Kelly / Karl Reindler||Nissan Motorsport||+ 3.475|
|7.||Garth Tander / Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Performance||+ 3.791|
|8.||Craig Lowndes / Warren Luff||Triple 8 Engineering||+ 4.417|
|9.||Will Davison / Steve Owen||Ford Performance Racing||+ 6.088|
|10.||Michael Caruso / Daniel Gaunt||Nissan Motorsport||+ 6.725|
|11.||Chaz Mostert / Dale Wood||Dick Johnson Racing||+ 8.126|
|12.||David Wall / Chris Pither||Brad Jones Racing||+ 25.543|
|13.||Alex Davison / John McIntyre||Ford Performance Racing||+ 25.854|
|14.||Alexandre Prémat / Greg Ritter||Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 35.549|
|15.||Tim Blanchard / Ashley Walsh||Dick Johnson Racing||+ 43.592|
|16.||Jonathon Webb / Marc Lieb||Tekno Autosports||+ 44.741|
|17.||Mark Winterbottom / Steve Richards||Ford Performance Racing||+ 1:04.003|
|18.||Dean Fiore / Matt Halliday||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||+ 1 lap|
|19.||Tim Slade / David Brabham||Erebus Motorsport||+ 1 lap|
|20.||Tony D’Alberto / Jonny Reid||Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 3 laps|
|21.||Maro Engel / Steven Johnson||Erebus Motorsport||+ 3 laps|
|22.||Scott McLaughlin / Jack Perkins||Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 5 laps|
|Not Classified||Entry / Team||Result|
|DNF.||James Moffat / Taz Douglas||Nissan Motorsport||88 laps|
|DNF.||James Courtney / Greg Murphy||Walkinshaw Performance||86 laps|
|DNF.||Scott Pye / Paul Morris||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||64 laps|
|DNF.||Shane van Gisbergen / Jeroen Bleekemolen||Tekno Autosports||63 laps|
|DNF.||Todd Kelly / David Russell||Nissan Motorsport||27 laps|
|DNS.||Jason Bright / Andrew Jones||Brad Jones Racing|