Shane van Gisbergen continued his dominance this weekend at Albert Park, making it three from three in the MSS V8 Supercars Challenge.
The race showed glimpses of yesterday’s Race 2, with the same top three battling each other for majority of the race. However there was a bit more drama involved this time around.
Garth Tander and FPR recruit Chaz Mostert were fighting for position on the opening lap of the race, when Mostert got an edge and passed Tander, only to be clipped and spun around. The consensus so far is that it’s a racing incident, although the spin saw Dale Wood with nowhere to go but into the side of Mostert’s car. Both were out on the spot and the Safety Car was called while the mess was cleared.
To make things worse for FPR, the car Mostert was using this weekend was the spare car, as his original was still in repair from the carnage at the Clipsal 500. His team has now confirmed that he will take no further part this weekend.
Will Davison was also a casualty of the accident, he copped a slow puncture and had to pit for new tyres before the restart.
Scott Pye received a black flag after slamming his Wilson Security Falcon into the wall at Turn 5, adding to his poor weekend. Jason Bright joined him in retirement a lap later after the throttle jammed in his car.
Rain threatened the race on the last lap to make the race even more eventful, although it wasn’t enough to create a disturbance in the drivers.
2014 V8 Supercars MSS Security Challenge – Race 3 Results (12 laps):
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF||27:53.075|
|2.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.501|
|3.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 0.973|
|4.||Scott McLaughlin||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 5.311|
|5.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 5.986|
|6.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 6.435|
|7.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 9.377|
|8.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 10.237|
|9.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG||+ 12.466|
|10.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 12.740|
|11.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 13.028|
|12.||James Moffat||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 14.078|
|13.||Tim Slade||SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 14.414|
|14.||Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF||+ 15.960|
|15.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 16.877|
|16.||Jack Perkins||Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG||+ 17.111|
|17.||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 17.631|
|18.||Russell Ingall||Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF||+ 17.906|
|19.||Robert Dahlgren||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 19.433|
|20.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 26.631|
|21.||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 57.923|
|DNF.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF||4 laps|
|DNF.||Scott Pye||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||3 laps|
|DNF.||Chaz Mostert||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||1 lap|
|DNF.||Dale Wood||Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF||0 laps|
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