Championship ready to rumble in Perth

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The V8 Supercars Championship is set to take off, with the series ready to race at the Perth 400 held at Barbagallo Raceway. 

Fabian Coulthard. Photo: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac

With the championship well underway and the Perth weather putting on a good show, the V8 Supercars drivers are race ready for the fifth round of the series.

Fabian Coulthard is looking like the favourite for the race win tomorrow in his Brad Jones Racing Holden, finishing fastest in both Practice 1 and Practice 3.

Volvo youngster Scott McLaughlin has also set the pace, finishing Practice 2 on top by one-quarter of a second.

Current championship leader Mark Winterbottom finished inside the top six in all three sessions, being in a consistent position to extend his championship lead in his Ford Peformance Racing Falcon.

Ford Performance Racing’s other drivers Chaz Mostert and David Reynolds are also looking on the money, finishing inside the top ten in all three open-practice sessions today.

Local driver Garth Tander struggled today on home soil, finishing a best of 13th position in Practice 1.

Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney was taking it up to Coulthard in the opening session, missing the fastest lap by only 0.0075s.

The first Mercedes driver was Will Davison, finishing in fifth in Practice 2.

Tomorrow’s race will see the split qualifying and race format, with two qualifying sessions and two 100km races, which can be seen live on Channel Seven’s coverage of the V8 Supercars Championship.

Written by Loren Hazelwood @LorenHazelwood

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Jason Richards Memorial win goes to Winterbottom

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Mark Winterbottom has claimed the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy after beating Scott McLaughlin to the finish line in Race 13 of the V8 Championship. 

Mark Winterbottom is the second winner of the JR Trophy. Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / photosport.co.nz

Ford Performance Racing’s Mark Winterbottom became the second winner of the prestigious Jason Richards Memorial Trophy, after taking two race wins at Pukekohe Raceway for the fourth round of the V8 Supercars Championship.

Winterbottom defeated young-gun Scott McLaughlin, overtaking McLaughlin in pit-lane to win Race 13 of the championship.

Chaz Mostert also gained his first podium with Ford Performance Racing, finishing in third place with his new team.

Despite McLaughlin taking two pole positions over the weekend, he was unable to grab a win in front of his home New Zealand crowd like last year.

Front-row starter Tim Slade qualified second for Race 13, but due to a clutch failure the Supercheap Auto Commodore only managed 21st.

Craig Lowndes championship also took a beating, with the Red Bull racer only finishing in 20th position.

Shane van Gisbergen fell shy of another podium finish in front of his home finishing fourth, with Michael Caruso, Jason Bright, Will Davison, Rick Kelly and V8 Champion Jamie Whincup rounding out the top ten.

Winterbottom was also able to grab the championship lead after Saturday’s race results, with the number 5 Falcon driver currently in first to Craig Lowndes by 107 points, with Fabian Coulthard third and Holden Racing’s James Courtney fourth.

“What an awesome race, the car was really good,” Winterbottom said.

“I had a bit of a bodgy start and trucked on through…

“A 100 point lead, that’s cool! I wanted to lead going out, not just halfway through.

“I feel honoured to win [the JR trophy].”

The next round of the V8 Supercars Championship will see the drivers head to Barbagallo for the Perth 400, on the 16-18 May.

Race 13 results

Position Car Driver Team Car
1   5  Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
2  33  Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
3   6  Chaz Mostert Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
4  97  Shane Van Gisbergen Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF
5  36  Michael Caruso Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
6   8  Jason Bright Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF
7   9  Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
8  15  Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
9  14  Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF
10   1  Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
11 222  Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF
12   2  Garth Tander Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
13  16  Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG
14  22  James Courtney Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
15   4  Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
16 360  James Moffat Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
17  55  David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG
18  18  Jack Perkins Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG
19  23  Russell Ingall Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF
20 888  Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
21  47  Tim Slade Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF
22  21  Dale Wood Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF
23  34 Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
24   7 Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima

By Loren Hazelwood @LorenHazelwood

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Hazelwood Wins Series Three of Shannons Supercar Showdown

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Todd being congratulated by team mentor Will Davison

Todd being congratulated by team mentor Will Davison

AUSTRALIAN FORMULA 3 racer Todd Hazelwood has taken out the grand finale of the Shannons Supercar Showdown, winning series three of the motor racing reality TV show.

The grand prize entitles the South Australian to a testing contract with Ford Performance Racing, as well as a race in the Dunlop Development Series race which will be held at the final round of the V8 Supercar Championship, the Sydney 500 at Homebush.

The 18-year-old went through several challenges among seven other rookies, having Ford Performance Racing’s Will Davison as his team coach, along with Mark Winterbottom and Tim Edwards also watching his progress throughout the show.

Hazelwood is ecstatic with the result, with the win really boosting his career progress.

“This is absolutely phenomenal, can’t believe I’ve won the show with the smallest of margins and to top it off be connected with leading V8 Supercar team Ford Performance Racing,” said Hazelwood

“The competition in the show was really tight between everyone and especially the Davison team, and after a long hard eight weeks, it was awesome to finish it all off with a win.

“Both Shannons and Ford Performance Racing have given me a once in a lifetime opportunity, I can’t wait to test their cars and experience the V8 Supercars for the first time.”

The Shannons Supercar Showdown ran over eight episodes, airing on Seven Network’s 7mate, with all episodes available to watch on YouTube among other special features.

The South Australian is set to test in a FPR Falcon before his Dunlop Development Series race in Shannons colours at the Sydney 500, over December 6-8.

Hazelwood also has his final round of the Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship, currently second in the championship and held at Sandown Raceway, November 15-17.

Shannons Supercar Showdown Season Three

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The Shannons Supercar Showdown is back for series three this year, unveiling a new team and a new prize.

Season 3 with Ford Performance Racing. Source: FPR

Season 3 with Ford Performance Racing. Source: FPR

Eight young rookies this year will battle it out in a series of challenges to claim the number one prize of winning the Shannons Supercar Showdown.

The series is back for it’s third season, this year under Ford Performance Racing and also with a brand new prize, a 2014 testing contract with Ford Performance Racing and a race at Homebush this year in a Dunlop Development Series car.

Professional V8 Supercar drivers Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom will be the driver coaches this year, with brand new host motor racing reporter Briony Ingerson.

The rookies confirmed include two British drivers of Adrian Campfield and Dan Cammish, Formula Ford’s Macauley JonesChelsea Angelo and James Golding, Formula 3 stars Tim Macrow and Todd Hazelwood and current V8 Ute driver Craig Dontas.

This year’s rookies will split into teams of four, either belonging to Team Davison or Team Winterbottom.

They will compete in teams to earn points, testing their mental and psychical ability, race on simulators and compete in motorkhanas, Formula Ford, Sprint Karts and of course, V8 Supercars.

The team coach will then allocate a certain amount of points to the winner, with whoever having the most points earning themselves a place in the final four.

There is also a captain’s choice option, so if the contestant doesn’t earn many points, they may still have a place in the final four.

Unlike the two previous series, there are no eliminations this year.

The series will air over eight episodes on Australian channel 7mate Saturday evenings, online at: http://www.shannons.com.au/supercarshowdown/videos

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Whincup and Dumbrell take the first endurance win

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After an eventful start to the V8 Supercar endurance calendar, Red Bull Racing have come through to finish 1-2 at the Sandown 500. 

 

Whincup and Dumbrell celebrating their win. Picture: Getty Images/Adelaide Now

Whincup and Dumbrell celebrating their win. Picture: Getty Images/Adelaide Now

 

Red Bull Racing pair Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell have taken the first endurance win for the season, alongside their teammates Craig Lowndes and Warren Luff. 

 

A win that looked doubtful from the halfway mark after receiving a penalty from spinning the wheels in pitlane, the Whincup/Dumbrell duo fell back to 25th, but were able to claw their way back to first.

 

Teammates Lowndes/Luff were looking strong for the win, but their tyres were fading away allowing the Whincup/Dumbrell duo to make the overtake for the win with 10 laps to go.

 

Lowndes/Luff finished in front of the Ford Performance Racing pair of Will Davison and Steve Owen, despite having fluid leaking from the transaxle of their Falcon.

 

Ford Performance Racing were looking strong for the win after putting the Davison/Owen car on pole on Saturday, but were held up in pit lane after the other Falcon of Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards were re-fuelling.

 

Winterbottom and Richards had hold of the race lead in front of the Red Bull Racing team, until a slow wheel change put the Ford team back in last place.

 

Erebus Motorsport pair Lee Holdsworth and Craig Baird drove the Mercedes AMG to their career best position since entering the category, finishing in fourth place. 

 

James Courtney and Greg Murphy worked a hard-fought battle to finish in fifth, after receiving two black flags at the start of the race due to loose body work.

 

Winterbottom and Richards managed to climb their way back to sixth place after their pit lane drama.

 

Ashley Walsh caused the first safety car on Lap 35, spearing into the fence at high speeds from the back straight, walking away with no injuries.

 

eKol Racing pair Scott Pye and Paul Morris also did not finish the 500km race, suffering from broken steering. 

 

Whincup now leads the V8 Supercar championship by 96 points, second is teammate Lowndes, with Ford Performance Racing’s Davison third and Winterbottom fourth.

 

The next round of the championship will be at Bathurst for the Supercheap 1000 10-13 October.

 

Race results for Sandown 500

1 J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 161 03:22:54.62
2 C.Lowndes/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:02.81
3 W.Davison/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG 161 03:23:12.56
4 L.Holdsworth/C.Baird Mercedes E63 AMG 161 03:23:13.53
5 J.Courtney/G.Murphy Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:20.77
6 M.Winterbottom/S.Richards Ford Falcon FG 161 03:23:21.14
7 F.Coulthard/L.Youlden Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:25.87
8 S.McLaughlin/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:27.93
9 R.Ingall/R.Briscoe Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:33.15
10 A.Premat/G.Ritter Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:44.50
11 T.Kelly/D.Russell Nissan Altima 161 03:23:46.43
12 S.Van Gisbergen/J.Bleekemolen Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:54.26
13 J.Webb/M.Lieb Holden Commodore VF 161 03:23:55.18
14 C.Mostert/D.Wood Ford Falcon FG 161 03:24:04.30
15 A.Davison/J.McIntyre Ford Falcon FG 160 03:22:56.45
16 R.Kelly/K.Reindler Nissan Altima 160 03:23:03.85
17 D.Reynolds/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG 160 03:23:03.97
18 D.Fiore/M.Halliday Holden Commodore VF 160 03:23:06.06
19 D.Wall/C.Pither Holden Commodore VF 160 03:23:07.02
20 M.Caruso/D.Gaunt Nissan Altima 160 03:23:10.18
21 T.Slade/A.Thompson Mercedes E63 AMG 159 03:23:17.33
22 G.Tander/N.Percat Holden Commodore VF 152 03:23:33.77
23 T.D’Alberto/J.Reid Holden Commodore VF 152 03:23:58.16
24 J.Bright/A.Jones Holden Commodore VF 147 03:23:19.98
25 M.Engel/S.Johnson Mercedes E63 AMG 143 03:23:37.57
26 J.Moffat/T.Douglas Nissan Altima 123 03:23:17.08
DNF S.Pye/P.Morris Holden Commodore VF 135 02:56:03.57
DNF Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon FG 33 42:25.70

 

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Young Guns Mostert and McLaughlin Take Race Wins at Ipswich

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Chaz Mostert has taken his maiden win in the V8 Supercar series, with Scott McLaughlin taking his second this year after an eventful two races in Queensland. 

Scott McLaughlin leading in Race 2. Picture: Brendan Radke

The youngest drivers in the V8 Supercars category won both races at the Coates Hire Ipswich 360, with Scott McLaughlin taking Race 2 and Chaz Mostert taking his maiden victory winning Race 3. 

20-year-old McLaughlin took the first race by leading current series leader Jamie Whincup, making it a top-five finish for Holden.

Mostert then managed to qualify second for Race 3 to Ford Performance Racing’s Will Davison, giving Mostert the advantage at the start in the dry line.

The Dick Johnson Racing driver led the race from start to finish, as McLaughlin failed to challenge after he suffered from a flat front-left tyre.

The flat tyre drama also cost Whincup, James Courtney and Alex Davison crucial positions in the race.

Tim Blanchard also created some drama, causing an oil spill at the entry of Turn 3 under braking, forcing a few drivers to run wide and go off the circuit.

Race 3 also saw Ford take out the top four positions, with Dick Johnson Racing taking its first win since Jonathon Webb won three years ago.

The next round of the V8 Supercar Championship is held at Winton Raceway for the Winton 360, on the 23-25 August.

Written by Loren Hazelwood, @LorenHazelwood

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Whincup Wins in the Top End

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Jamie Whincup running in at Darwin. Photo: Helen Orr

Jamie Whincup running in at Darwin. Photo: Helen Orr

Red Bull Racing’s Jamie Whincup has extended his championship lead by winning race 17 of the V8 Supercars Championship at Hidden Valley Raceway.

Whincup steered clear in the action-packed race early on, grabbing first position in the second stint of the 60/60-format race, leading Shane van Gisbergen and James Courtney to the finish line.

Ford Performance Racing’s David Reynolds showed his pace in the top-ten shootout and the first stint of the race, grabbing pole position. Unfortunately within the dying stages of the race, Winterbottom made contact with Reynolds going into the hairpin.

Reynolds finished in 14th, with Winterbottom awarded a drive-thru penalty causing the teammates to not finish on the podium for FPR.

Rick Kelly produced the best-ever result for the Nissan Altima, finishing in fifth position, as well as Tim Slade who brought home the Erebus Mercedes AMG in sixth.

Newcomer to the category Chaz Mostert placed his personal best, finishing in seventh place for Dick Johnson Racing.

A further two 35-lap races will be held tomorrow to complete the Skycity Triple Crown event in Darwin.

Pos No. Team Driver Car
1    1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF
2   97 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF
3   22 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF
4   19 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF
5   15 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima
6   47 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG
7   12 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG
8    8 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF
9    3 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF
10   36 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima
11   33 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF
12   14 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF
13    2 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF
14   55 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG
15  360 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima
16    9 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG
17    7 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima
18    4 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG
19   21 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF
20   18 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG
21   34 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF
22    5 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG
23   66 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF
24   88 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF
25   80 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF
26  888 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF
DNF    6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG
DNF   17 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG