How To Punt This Bathurst

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Can’t decide how to bet at Mount Panorama this year? We’ve got you covered.

At the moment, Sandown 500 winners and reigning Bathurst champions Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell are sitting at $3.00, with their teammates for the great race Craig Lowndes and Warren Luff at $4.33. Red Bull’s season has not been as dominant as previous yearsbut they still continue to lead this year’s championship.

Next up is Ford Performance Racing. Mark Winterbottom is partnering up with Steven Richards, with ‘Frosty‘ looking for his first win at the mountain ($7.50). Teammate Will Davison has previously won Bathurst with the Holden Racing Team, with Davison partnering up with Steve Owen ($8.00). Ford has shown great pace this year, but unfortunate pit stops have cost them the championship lead.

Holden Racing Team, this year have James Courtney joining Greg Murphy to make a fiery duo and are currently priced at $9.00. Keep an eye out also for Garth Tander and Nick Percat who are at $13.

Brad Jones Racing present a dark horse, with victories coming their way throughout this year’s V8 Championship. Jason Bright will be teaming up with Andrew Jones, and at $18 they offer a bit of value, as do Fabian Coulthard and Luke Youlden.

A great car to put money on would be David Reynolds and Dean Canto, with the duo finishing a close second to Whincup and Dumbrell last year. The Bottle-O Falcon currently stands at $26. A real smokey however are young guns Scott McLaughlin and Jack Perkins. McLaughlin this year took the record for being the youngest driver ever to win a V8 Supercars race, with Jack Perkins bringing a wealth of knowledge to the pair. This duo, running for Gary Rogers, currently sit at $26.

So there you have it – there’s plenty of value around, even if you are having a punt just to make laps 1-140 that bit more interesting. Either way, Bathurst is definitely not something you want to miss this Sunday.

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Dick Johnson: I’m in the Sh*t

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Dick Johnson at his workshop in Stapylton, Queensland

Dick Johnson at his workshop in Stapylton, Queensland

Most 68-year-olds would be celebrating their success and settling down to retire, but for V8 Touring Car legend Dick Johnson, things have taken a turn for the worst.

Johnson, who has been involved in the V8 Supercar industry for over three decades, recently came out and told the media that he is broke, simply putting it as he is ‘in the shit’, having lost $9.1m dollars in recent years due to dodgy deals surrounding sponsorship for his team Dick Johnson Racing.

A company called Westpoint came on-board with Dick Johnson Racing after Shell Helix ended their sponsorship contract with the team, with the company later becoming bankrupt and costing Dick Johnson Racing millions.

Since Westpoint’s failed sponsorship, Dick Johnson and his team have struggled to make it by. Johnson then decided to create a phone company called Firstrock, with the company one year later falling to pieces.

Jim Beam then came to DJR’s rescue, sponsoring the team until the 2013 season. Things were looking up for the team here, with Dick Johnson Racing securing their first V8 Championship in decades with James Courtney, who later moved to Holden Racing Team.

Since Courtney’s departure, Dick Johnson Racing is yet to pick up another race win. Steven Johnson (Dick Johnson’s son) was forced to leave the team this year and opted for the Porsches in the Carrera Cup series, as another driver was able to bring more money to the team.

John Reid was the driver set to replace Junior Johnson (Editor’s note: *muted laughter*) at the start of the year, but not long after the first couple of races was replaced by young Ford Performance Racing driver Chaz Mostert.

Dick Johnson is currently living on $365 per week, just getting by. Johnson also noted that he is paying his employees correctly and the only thing he owns a part of in the company is the workshop.

A new book will be released soon, highlighting the struggles of Dick Johnson Racing and also his personal life. You ought go out and buy it and give the old fella a hand!

1-2 Finish for Holden Racing at Townsville

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Garth Tander wins in the streets of Townsville leading home his teammate James Courtney for a 1-2 Holden finish.

James Courtney. Photo source: Daniel Attema

James Courtney. Photo source: Daniel Attema

Holden Racing’s Garth Tander has achieved his first win since Bathurst in 2011, with teammate James Courtney holding on in second place for a 1-2 finish.

 

A race full of strategy saw Holden pit its two VF Commodores, giving the drivers a soft-tyre advantage over most of the field.

 

Holden Racing decided to run a two-stint strategy, making its drivers pit for second-hand soft tyres.

 

Despite sustaining damage after kissing the wall at Turn 10 in making a move on Scott McLaughlin, Tander still managed to bring home the win.

 

The start saw Ford’s Mark Winterbottom get a great jump on the rest of the field, but later his decision not to pit under the Lap 9 safety car caused him to fall to fourth place.

 

Shane van Gisbergen took third place after running a similar pit-strategy to Holden Racing, making great progress starting closer to the rear of the field.

 

Russell Ingall and Tony D’Alberto made it a top six effort for Walkinshaw Performance built Commodores, with Craig LowndesTim Slade, McLaughlin and Will Davison rounding out the top 10.

 

The race’s only retirement was Lee Holdsworth, who had engine dramas with his Erebus Motorsport Mercedes and stopped into the run of Turn 11.

 

After Race 21 of the championship at Townsville, the current championship standings see Jamie Whincup leading Lowndes by 111 points, with Ford’s Davison and Winterbottom closing in on the series lead.

 

 

1 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 01:30:04.1639 1:14.0127
2 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 01:30:04.4830 1:13.9505
3 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 01:30:13.5491 1:13.9319
4 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 01:30:25.7667 1:14.3657
5 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 01:30:31.6601 1:14.1909
6 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 01:30:31.9113 1:14.0973
7 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 01:30:32.5797 1:14.2647
8 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 01:30:34.2168 1:14.0378
9 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 01:30:38.6971 1:14.4242
10 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 01:30:41.0017 1:14.3212
11 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 01:30:41.1436 1:14.3661
12 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 01:30:41.7028 1:14.4280
13 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 01:30:50.6356 1:14.3521
14 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 01:30:51.9295 1:14.4995
15 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 01:30:53.7465 1:14.4089
16 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 01:30:56.0802 1:14.3670
17 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 01:30:56.7994 1:14.5728
18 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 01:30:59.3225 1:14.2479
19 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 01:30:59.7491 1:14.4371
20 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 01:31:03.8867 1:14.5206
21 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 01:31:04.1821 1:14.4103
22 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 01:31:12.7810 1:14.4376
23 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 01:31:12.8491 1:14.3125
24 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 01:30:14.2590 1:14.6014
25 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 01:30:41.8085 1:14.1332
26 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 01:31:03.2834 1:15.4498
27 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 01:30:48.6833 1:16.2359
DNF Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG     7:49.4783 1:15.960

 

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

V8 Supercars in America for Austin 400

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The Australian V8 Supercar series hit America for the first time ever over the weekend, racing at the internationally re-known circuit in Austin Texas.

Red Bull Racing’s Jamie Whincup dominated over the two days racing, taking three out of the four race victories; with Brad Jones Racing’s Fabian Coulthard taking out the win in the third race.

The three-day event attracted over 68,000 spectators and used the infamous four-race layout, with two qualifying sessions for each day of racing and a one-hour break between the two 100km races on the Saturday and Sunday.

The first qualifying session for race 13 in the championship saw Fabian Coulthard take pole, with Jamie Whincup starting from first for race 14.

The first race at the Austin circuit was a testament to the circuit’s special features, with long and steep straights and sweeping corners, the track’s design made it difficult to overtake during the racing. Whincup although gained the lead early, taking the jump at the start from pole-sitter Coulthard. Craig Lowndes then made a pass on Coulthard on lap 7 to take second place.

The first race saw Whincup and Lowndes make it 1-2 for Red Bull, with Fabian Coulthard rounding out the top three on the podium.

After a win in the first race at Austin, Jamie Whincup started from pole position alongside his Red Bull teammate Lowndes. The pair drove away from the rest of the field, with Fabian Coulthard guarding his third position to Tekno Autosport’s pair Jonathon Webb and Shane van Gisbergen.

After securing two races wins the day prior, Whincup once again topped the charts in qualifying to take pole position for both Sunday races.

Race 15 of the championship saw Jamie Whincup fall back at the start, as he struggled with the handling of his VF Holden Commodore. Mark Winterbottom then made a pass on Whincup for the lead, but lost a considerable amount of time during his pit stop. This then saw Coulthard take the race lead and eventually cross the chequered in first position.

The third race for the Austin round saw Fabian Coulthard break Red Bull Racing’s winning streak, with Lowndes in second and Whincup rounding out the top three.

Race 16 of the V8 Supercar calendar was the fourth and final race for the weekend. Whincup started from pole after qualifying first prior, getting a great jump on previous race winner Coulthard.

A racing incident occurred between Ford Performance Racing’s Will Davison and young-gun Scott McLaughlin, with Davison slamming the rear of McLaughlin’s Holden. Davison was out of the race, with the team at Gary Rogers Motorsport able to get McLaughlin back on the circuit.

The final race of the weekend at Austin Texas saw Whincup take the victory, alongside Fabian Coulthard. Shane van Gisbergen raced hard to finish in third, with Garth Tander from Holden Racing Team rounding out the top four.

This victory saw Whincup take his third win for the weekend and seventh race win for the season.

Jamie Whincup has now extended his championship lead by 142 points to his teammate Craig Lowndes. After not finishing the final race, Will Davison moved down to third in the championship.