Canto and Reynolds celebrate victory in Race 2 of the ArmorAll Gold Coast 600

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 gets plenty of air en route to victoryReynolds 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's Holden looked decidedly second-hand after he collected Pye's carOther non-finishers included James Moffat / Taz Douglas, Scott Pye / Paul Morris, and Saturday podium finishers Shane van Gisbergen / Jeroen Bleekemolen.

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 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 Ford Performance Racing + 33.483
2. Fabian Coulthard / Luke Youlden Holden Brad Jones Racing + 1.184
3. Russell Ingall / Ryan Briscoe Holden Walkinshaw Performance + 1.793
4. Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell Holden Triple 8 Engineering + 2.486
5. Lee Holdsworth / Craig Baird AMG Erebus Motorsport + 2.920
6. Rick Kelly / Karl Reindler Nissan Nissan Motorsport + 3.475
7. Garth Tander / Nick Percat Holden Walkinshaw Performance + 3.791
8. Craig Lowndes / Warren Luff Holden Triple 8 Engineering + 4.417
9. Will Davison / Steve Owen Ford Ford Performance Racing + 6.088
10. Michael Caruso / Daniel Gaunt Nissan Nissan Motorsport + 6.725
11. Chaz Mostert / Dale Wood Ford Dick Johnson Racing + 8.126
12. David Wall / Chris Pither Holden Brad Jones Racing + 25.543
13. Alex Davison / John McIntyre Ford Ford Performance Racing + 25.854
14. Alexandre Prémat / Greg Ritter Holden Garry Rogers Motorsport + 35.549
15. Tim Blanchard / Ashley Walsh Ford Dick Johnson Racing + 43.592
16. Jonathon Webb / Marc Lieb Holden Tekno Autosports + 44.741
17. Mark Winterbottom / Steve Richards Ford Ford Performance Racing + 1:04.003
18. Dean Fiore / Matt Halliday Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1 lap
19. Tim Slade / David Brabham AMG Erebus Motorsport + 1 lap
20. Tony D’Alberto / Jonny Reid Holden Tony D’Alberto Racing + 3 laps
21. Maro Engel / Steven Johnson AMG Erebus Motorsport + 3 laps
22. Scott McLaughlin / Jack Perkins Holden Garry Rogers Motorsport + 5 laps
  Not Classified Entry / Team Result
DNF. James Moffat / Taz Douglas Nissan Nissan Motorsport 88 laps
DNF. James Courtney / Greg Murphy Holden Walkinshaw Performance 86 laps
DNF. Scott Pye / Paul Morris Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 64 laps
DNF. Shane van Gisbergen / Jeroen Bleekemolen Holden Tekno Autosports 63 laps
DNF. Todd Kelly / David Russell Nissan Nissan Motorsport 27 laps
DNS. Jason Bright / Andrew Jones Holden Brad Jones Racing  

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