2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Race 9 of 37 | UBET Perth Supersprint

2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Race 9 of 37 | UBET Perth Supersprint

Saturday at Barbagallo belonged to Prodrive Racing Australia… and so far, Sunday has as well. We’re gearing up for Race 9 of the Championship. A 200km mini-enduro, with pit-stops, soft and hard tyres, and lots of strategy to play our here over 83 at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia.

Hi everyone. Zak Caban with you, and welcome to Race 9 of the V8 Supercar Championship series.

This little 2.42km circuit is the second shortest on the calendar, with Symmons Plains being the shortest… overtaking isn’t easy here, but your best chances are Turns 6. 7 and 1.

Chaz Mostert has pole today, like he did for Race 1 yesterday, and it’s an all Prodrive Racing Australia front row.

Here’s a look at how Race 2 finished yesterday, as well as Qualifying for Race 9.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 8, Barbagallo

1 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 25 24:34.8717
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 25 24:37.7903
3 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 25 24:38.1228
4 Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 25 24:38.5186
5 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 25 24:39.5597
6 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 25 24:39.7903
7 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 25 24:42.1443
8 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 25 24:46.2479
9 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 25 24:46.5647
10 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 25 24:47.2543
11 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 25 24:47.5371
12 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 25 24:50.0219
13 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 25 24:50.7590
14 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 25 24:52.0018
15 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 25 24:52.4845
16 Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG/X 25 24:52.7586
17 Repair Management Aust Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 25 24:56.3100
18 Erebus Motorsport V8 Ashley Walsh Mercedes E63 AMG 25 25:00.0125
19 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 25 25:02.1554
20 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 25 25:04.0556
21 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 25 25:06.6959
22 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 25 25:06.9178
23 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 25 25:20.6363
24 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 25 25:34.4890
DNF Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 11 11:13.2711

A major accident for Lee Holdsworth overshadowed Qualifying… a roll over, after going sideways into the gravel at turn six saw the red flags fly, as they did when Fabian Coulthard met the wall on the same corner a few minutes later.

Better Qualifying for Whincup, and Tander, but James Courtney was the big loser… down in 11th spot.
McLaughlin has had a difficult weekend… he’ll start 13th today… it’s been a difficult championship for him so far in 2015.

V8 Supercars | Race 9 Qualifying | Barbagallo

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:57.13
2
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:57.29
00:00.16
3
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.32
00:00.19
4
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.41
00:00.28
5
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:57.42
00:00.29
6
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.44
00:00.31
7
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
00:57.47
00:00.34
8
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.47
00:00.34
9
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.53
00:00.40
10
Nissan Motorsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
00:57.55
00:00.41
11
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.65
00:00.51
12
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
00:57.65
00:00.52
13
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
00:57.65
00:00.52
14
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.69
00:00.56
15
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:57.70
00:00.57
16
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
00:57.79
00:00.66
17
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
00:57.85
00:00.71
18
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
00:57.91
00:00.78
19
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
00:57.92
00:00.79
20
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
00:57.94
00:00.81
21
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
00:58.03
00:00.90
22
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
00:58.08
00:00.95
23
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
00:58.33
00:01.20
24
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:00.96
00:03.83
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF

Laps: 83
Circuit: 2.42km
Turns: 7 (5 Right, 2 Left)
Race Distance: 200.86km
Direction: Clockwise

Calling the action for you, Neil Crompton and Greg Rust!

Lap 1 | Mostert struggles off the line again… Winterbottom leads to turn 1… Tander was trying to force the issue, but in the end, he had to yield, and sat in second, from Whincup, Lowndes and Reynolds.

Lap 4 | Whincup off the road at turn six, and loses a bunch of places… falls back to 24th on the race track.

Lap 9 | Winterbottom the fastest man on circuit so far… Van Gis the big mover… up four spots, and in front of Lowndes

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Lap 18 | We’re into the first round of pit-stops at Barbagallo… Green flag running the whole way thus far. Here’s a look at the order, as Andre Heimgartner leads the way… on corrected order, it will be Mostert, who’s managed to leapfrog Winterbottom during the stop!

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Heimgartner’s now pitted, so all cars who started on the soft tyres have now made their first pit-stop!

The SuperCheap Auto Racing car of Tim Slade finds itself in the garage with some mechanical issues…

Lap 44 | Shane Van Gisbergen is on a 3-stop strategy, according to Greg Murphy, who predicts that the Kiwi flyer will whack some soft tyres on for the run home!

It’s been a fairly uneventful last 10-15 laps here, but Ford remain in control… Prodrive are 1, 2 and 3 at the moment!
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We’ve had our first incident of the Race… Ash Walsh has beached it at turn 6, and he’s triggered the first Safety Car of the Race, and a flurry of pit activity to go with it.
We’ve got 33 laps to run… this is how things stand after the pit-stops unfolded!
Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 5.14.57 pm

Lap 53 | Race restart.
New Race Leader | Craig Lowndes leads from Chaz Mostert, Davison, Coulthard and Winterbottom.

More dramas for Tim Slade, as Craig Lowndes continues to lead… just a handful of laps away from his 100th win in the V8 Supercar Championship.
Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 5.41.12 pm

Will Davison… has got passed Craig Lowndes in the final stages, and the strategy has paid dividends for the Erebus Driver… a huge moment in his career, with Victory in Race 9 of the Championship at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth.
Lowndes is second… he misses another chance to take his 100th career win, but there’s always Winton in a fortnight.

Coulthard third, Mostert and Courtney made up the top five… Tander, Moffat, Percat, Reynolds and Caruso make up the ten,  but it’s a great day for Erebus, Betty Klimenko, and Will Davison, who gets his first win since 2013.
Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 5.53.45 pm

Not a good weekend for Jamie Whincup… he finished 19th today. Frosty will be disappointed with how his weekend finished, and even though he didn’t get the 100th win, Craig Lowndes does have the championship lead as we head to north-eastern Victoria in a fortnight from now.
Difficult weekend again for Scott McLaughlin… gee, Volvo haven’t had much luck to start 2015… can’t catch a break.

Nissan will be happy with two in the top ten, and HRT have continued a positive start to 2015.

18 drivers finished on the lead lap… four manufacturers made it into the top ten (5 Holdens, 2 Fords, 2 Nissans and a Mercedes)

Here’s the Championship standings for you.

Championship Standings

1 Craig Lowndes 717
2 James Courtney 665
3 Mark Winterbottom 643
4 Fabian Coulthard 641
5 Jamie Whincup 630
6 Shane Van Gisbergen 595
7 Garth Tander 595
8 Chaz Mostert 545
9 David Reynolds 486
10 Rick Kelly 431
11 Jason Bright 429
12 Will Davison 399
13 Todd Kelly 394
14 Nick Percat 349
15 James Moffat 332
16 Dale Wood 331
17 Scott McLaughlin 318
18 Tim Slade 311
19 Lee Holdsworth 309
20 Tim Blanchard 298
21 Michael Caruso 288
22 Andre Heimgartner 272
23 David Wall 237
24 Ashley Walsh 194
25 Scott Pye 143
26 Marcos Ambrose 125

Coming into the weekend, Jamie Whincup was the leader, by the time we finished Race 8, it was Winterbottom, and thanks to consistency, Craig Lowndes has now grabbed the Championship lead.

Brilliant day here in Perth. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Look forward to your company at Winton in a fortnight from now, and for MotoGP a little later this evening… Bye for now!

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