David Reynolds has made a long overdue return to the winners’ circle in the V8 Supercars Championship, claiming his second career victory in Sunday’s SkyCity Triple Crown finale at Hidden Valley Raceway.
After claiming an outstanding pole position earlier in the day, the Bottle-O Racing driver lost the lead to Fabian Coulthard off the line but was pack in P1 after the first cycle of pit stops. His run to victory was an impressive display of tyre management, having run a 60-lap stint on the Dunlop Soft tyres during the race.
He survived a scare late in the race, outbraking himself into Turn 5 and sliding into the run-off before rejoining the circuit.
Reynolds beat home fellow Ford driver Chaz Mostert by 0.9 seconds, with Coulthard – who was punted off at Turn 1 in both Saturday races – completing the podium for Brad Jones Racing.
Shane van Gisbergen finished in fourth place in his TEKNO Autosports Holden ahead of series leader Mark Winterbottom’s Ford and the LDM Holden of Nick Percat. James Courtneyand Jason Bright were seventh and eighth in their Holdens, ahead of fellow Commodore runners Tim Slade and Dale Wood.
After Saturday’s celebrations at Craig Lowndes cracking 100 career race wins, it was a dire outing for Red Bull Racing. After both cars qualified poorly, Lowndes’ teammate Jamie Whincup elected to pit out of sequence to try and gain track position by running on clear track. The strategy looked to be paying off until he was forced to make an unscheduled visit to the pits with badly flat-spotted tyres, leaving him to finish a distant 22nd.
Teammate Lowndes suffered a similar fate, losing out on a potential podium finish when he too pitted late in the race for fresh rubber. He managed to cross the line in fifteenth place, but in finishing well behind series leader Winterbottom, his points’ deficit to the Prodrive Racing driver has blown out to 95 points.
The V8 Supercars Championship continues on the weekend of July 11-12 with the Castrol Edge Townsville 400.
|2015 V8 Supercars SkyCity Triple Crown – Race 15 Top-10 Classified Finishers (70 laps)|
|Pos||Driver||Team / Entry||Time|
|1.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team||1:20:42.327|
|2.||Chaz Mostert||Pepsi Max Crew||+ 0.871|
|3.||Fabian Coulthard||Freightliner Racing||+ 1.417|
|4.||Shane van Gisbergen||Team Darrell Lea Stix||+ 9.626|
|5.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew||+ 13.169|
|6.||Nick Percat||Repair Management Racing||+ 15.657|
|7.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team||+ 21.590|
|8.||Jason Bright||Team BOC||+ 23.436|
|9.||Tim Slade||SuperCheap Auto Racing||+ 29.184|
|10.||Dale Wood||GB Galnavizing Racing||+ 32.298|
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