Courtney snatches race one victory
|By David Wright||Friday, March 26th 2010, 08:27 GMT|
Jim Beam Racing's James Courtney took victory in race one of the BRC Impco V8 Supercars GP Challenge at Albert Park after rival Garth Tander outbraked himself with three laps remaining.
Tander had led the race from pole position to that point, although he had already made a mistake at the start of lap two when he ran onto the grass at turn one, almost allowing Courtney to get past.
Courtney pressured Tander from that point on until he ran wide at turn three on lap 11 of 13, allowing Courtney to sneak through and hold off Tander to the chequered flag.
Third and fourth were Shane van Gisbergen and Craig Lowndes, who remained in close contact with the leading duo and each other throughout the race, with just 1.2 seconds covering the top four cars at the finish.
Just over half a second behind team-mate Craig Lowndes was Jamie Whincup in fifth place, having recovered from a poor start which saw him drop to ninth early on lap one before making his way back up the order.
More than ten seconds separated Whincup from Todd Kelly in sixth place, with Paul Dumbrell, Steven Johnson, Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison completing the top ten.
Having qualified fourth, Rick Kelly looked set for a good result, even more so after making a great start, forcing down the inside of Courtney heading into turn one. But in doing so, he had put two tyres in the grass soon after the start, and he ran wide at turn one, dropping from second to eighth.
Halfway around lap one, it got even worse, Kelly spinning into the gravel at turn nine, nearly hitting Dumbrell in the process. He returned to the race but well behind the leaders, finishing in 24th place.
Pos Driver Make Time 1. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 25m58.8986s 2. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE + 0.2595s 3. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG + 0.7039s 4. Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE + 1.1791s 5. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE + 1.7242s 6. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE + 12.5207s 7. Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG + 14.1495s 8. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG + 15.5661s 9. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG + 15.7144s 10. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE + 18.4169s 11. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE + 18.7356s 12. Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE + 19.8534s 13. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE + 20.3644s 14. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG + 20.7161s 15. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE + 24.4027s 16. Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE + 24.7546s 17. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE + 25.2920s 18. Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG + 27.5071s 19. Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG + 27.8663s 20. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE + 28.2455s 21. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG + 33.6833s 22. Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG + 34.3589s 23. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE + 37.4648s 24. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE + 39.9776s 25. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE + 41.1182s 26. Daniel Gaunt Holden Commodore VE + 43.0668s 27. Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE + 43.7441s 28. Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE + 44.7553s 29. Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE + 57.4774s