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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Holdsworth holds the silverware for maiden Erebus win

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Lee Holdsworth has stolen the show at Winton Raceway, claiming Erebus Motorsport’s first maiden win in Race 2, with Fabian Coulthard scoring the Race 1 victory. 

 

Team owner Betty celebrating on the podium with Holdsworth (right) and Coulthard (left)

 

After a long year of engine development and no sponsorship, the team at Erebus Motorsport have finally claimed a well-deserved win with Lee Holdsworth taking the top-step on the podium in a thrilling Race 2.

 

Fabian Coulthard took the Race 1 victory, and battled with Holdsworth throughout the entire race, with his tyres starting to fade away with six-laps to go.

 

Holdsworth passed Coulthard with three laps to go, Coulthard just making his way onto the podium after Ford Performance Racing driver Mark Winterbottom passed Coulthard with one lap to spare.

 

It was a hard day at the office for Volvo favourite Scott McLaughlin, who failed to finish Race 1 due to mechanical failure, and finish at the rear of the pack in Race 2, despite leading one quarter of the 100km race.

 

Another record was broken for rookie driver Dale Wood, who claimed his first podium finish in the V8 Supercars series finishing third for Race 1.

 

The first race at Winton Raceway endured no drama until McLaughlin stopped on the middle of the enfield, with the safety car being introduced into the race.

 

After the first safety car, drama unfolded with young gun Chaz Mostert being forced wide on the exit of turn one, spinning and involving both Tim Slade and James Courtney in the incident.

 

Another incident was caused at turn six on the same lap, involving Nick Percat and David Reynolds.

 

The two incidents caused another safety car, which later saw Todd Kelly endure engine dramas, causing a yellow flag.

 

Coulthard took the chequered first after a safety car filled race, closely followed by Shane van Gisbergen and Wood taking his maiden podium in third.

 

Race 2 was a sprint to the finish, with the 100km race safety car free.

 

McLaughlin got the jump on Coulthard at the start of the race, with Holdsworth following closely behind the front duo.

 

The S60 Volvo of McLaughlin’s was forced to pit early on in the race, with McLaughlin giving his lead to Coulthard.

 

It was a sprint to the finish line and a true testament to had the best tyre strategy, with Holdsworth making the jump on Coulthard with few laps to spare.

 

Holdsworth took the Race 2 victory, with Winterbottom second, Coulthard third and David Reynolds following close by rounding out the top four.

 

Race 3 will feature a 200km format to complete the Winton 400.

 

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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V8s: van Gisbergen takes double victory at Melbourne

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Shane van Gisbergen has kicked off a great start to the WSS Security V8 Supercar round at this year’s Australian Grand Prix. 

Van Gisbergen on fire at Australian Grand Prix. Source: News Limited

Shane van Gisbergen on fire at Australian Grand Prix. Source: News Limited

Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen has shown-up the locals and taken a double victory during Races 1 and 2 at the Australian Grand Prix.

Even though van Gisbergen qualified second, he managed to drag Michael Caruso off the start line in a close rolling start, driving away from rivals Jamie Whincup and Scott McLaughlin.

Race 1 opened up a battle between Whincup and McLaughlin for second, with Whincup suffering an after-race penalty, forcing McLaughlin wide and on to the grass while racing on the pit straight.

Whincup later suffered a five-place penalty, giving McLaughlin second and Caruso third for Race 1.

Race 2 saw van Gisbergen have another great start, beating McLaughlin off the start line, with the field going three wide into Turns 1 and 2 at the Albert Park circuit.

McLaughlin ran wide at Turn 11, opening up the door for Craig Lowndes and Fabian Coulthard, with the young Volvo driver slipping back to fifth.

The 12-lap race saw a small battle between Lowndes and van Gisbergen, but the Kiwi was proven too strong, taking two wins from two starts.

There will be another two 12-lap WSS Security V8 Supercar races over Saturday and Sunday of the Australian Grand Prix.

Written by Loren Hazelwood. @LorenHazelwood

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Dumb Things Drivers Say

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In the world of motorsport, you could say the occasional F-Bomb and the oh-so delicate word for faeces gets thrown around pit lane, but most of the time it never gets recorded on television.

Well, with a sprinkle of LIVE television and a teaspoon of emotional driver, you have yourself a recipe for something quite exciting – and of course, rather unfortunate for the driver’s bank account.

Warning: the following videos contain offensive language.

Scott McLaughlin – 2014 Clipsal 500

The 20-year-old Kiwi didn’t expect to finish second on debut with Volvo. He also didn’t realise he was going to drive the fans wild after his speech…

Kimi Raikkonen

The Ice-man is no stranger to the media for his comic-remarks, but hey, it’s why we love him, isn’t it?

Jim Richards – 1992 Bathurst

Nothing could have possibly better-welcomed Mark ‘Skaifey’ Skaife into the V8 Supercar world, especially when your teammate calls a group of wound-up fans this…

James Hunt – 1976 British Grand Prix

Oh, and this is James Hunt. Known as the biggest larrikin to ever win a Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship. Bloody good on him.

Now, let’s wait for this weekend and see what the drivers’ can bring at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.

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.

Why Car of the Future is Good

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event 02 of the 2013 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series

I’m sure all us motorsport fans have thought it. V8 Supercars is built around the support of bogans and you’re either a Ford or Holden fan. So much speculation was built up across the 2012 season with Nissan and Mercedes-AMG barging their way through the series, but it’s been the best thing yet for the sport.

I have personally followed the V8 Supercar series my whole life. I remember watching the greats like Dick Johnson and Peter Brock battle it out for all of us Holden and Ford fans. I honestly was a sceptic a year ago and I thought this Car of the Future thing wouldn’t work – well, how wrong was I!

Unfortunately for Ford fans, the Falcon is dying in the series, with only six from the blue oval on the grid for this season. Although this hasn’t stopped the blue army from winning races – with three Ford drivers taking wins this season.

Championship wise, you could say it is the tightest battle in the history of the sport and heading into the Enduro season it will definitely be a race to the finish line for the championship at Sandown, Bathurst and on the Gold Coast.

Jame Whincup, who dominated the series last year with his teammate Craig Lowndes alongside him at Triple Eight has endured an interesting season, not winning nearly every race. In fact, Whincup hasn’t won that many at all, as there have been 12 different race winners to date this year (and it’s only just passed halfway through the season).

Not only are more people taking the cake on race wins, there are some top-notch rookies hitting the scene this year. For instance, Scott McLaughlin has won three races this season and also broke the record for being the youngest driver in V8 history to win a race at 19. Then came along young Chaz Mostert, who won Dick Johnson Racing’s first race in two years at Queensland Raceway a few weekends ago.

With more young rookies running in the Dunlop Development Series this year, who knows how next year’s season will go, especially now that two rookies to the series have taken race wins.

Volvo will also join the V8 category next year, so it will only spice up the category for what is to come. Rumours have circulated for what other manufacturers will join the category next year, but of course they won’t tell you until it unfolds!

At this stage of the competition, I definitely wouldn’t be placing bets on who wins the championship this season, so hold on race fans for what is to come!

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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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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