Bright charges to Winton victory
|Sunday, May 22nd 2011, 05:54 GMT|
Jason Bright and Brad Jones Racing took their second win of the V8 Supercars season with a stunning charge on an alternative strategy in race two at Winton.
Bright, who had qualified eighth, made the most of pitting several laps later than the other leaders at both of his stops, and then revelled in his superior tyre grip as drivers ahead found their rubber fading.
He was still back in eighth when he rejoined after his last stop with 20 laps to go, but started hacking through the traffic ahead with ease.
Five laps from the end he grabbed third from Michael Caruso (Garry Rodgers Holden) into Turn 3, then took second from HRT's Garth Tander on the next lap.
That left only long-time leader and race one winner Jamie Whincup's Triple Eight Holden ahead, and the 2.5-second gap was demolished in just two laps before Bright easily made the pass for the lead into the first corner. He went on to take the chequered flag just before the downpour that had been threatening all afternoon set in.
Prior to Bright's charge, Whincup and Tander had been the main protagonists in the lead fight. Both overtook polesitter Mark Winterbottom in the first stint as the Ford Performance Racing man's pace faded dramatically amid extreme rear tyre wear in the race, leaving him only 19th at the finish.
In the middle stint, Tander was able to hunt down Whincup, grabbing the lead just before half-distance, but he could not get away and when they pitted in unison on lap 43, Whincup was able to get out in front.
There was nothing either of them could do to resist Bright after that, and they had to settle for second and third, with Tander only just holding off Shane van Gisbergen.
Walkinshaw Racing's Fabian Coulthard used a similar strategy to Bright to come through to fifth ahead of Caruso, Craig Lowndes and Steven Johnson.
Reigning champion James Courtney could not repeat Saturday's progress up the order, having to pit for repairs after being involved in one of the early tangles.
Results - 67 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 1h40m15.5814s 2. Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden + 1.5986s 3. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 2.9638s 4. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford + 3.2623s 5. Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Holden + 11.5587s 6. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden + 11.5792s 7. Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Holden + 16.2877s 8. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford + 17.3278s 9. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford + 17.5564s 10. Steve Owen Paul Morris Holden + 27.5821s 11. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden + 32.5007s 12. Jonathon Webb Tekno Ford + 36.5075s 13. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford + 38.4257s 14. Jason Bargwanna Brad Jones Holden + 39.5989s 15. Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Holden + 39.9719s 16. Alex Davison Stone Brothers Ford + 40.7405s 17. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden + 40.7720s 18. Paul Dumbrell Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 41.2003s 19. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 43.2948s 20. David Reynolds Kelly Holden + 50.4328s 21. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford + 1m00.3536s 22. Warren Luff Dumbrell Holden + 1m13.6330s 23. Karl Reindler Britek/BJR Holden + 1m15.8861s 24. Will Davison FPR Ford + 6 laps 25. James Courtney HRT Holden + 7 laps Retirements: Dean Fiore Triple F Ford 15 laps Todd Kelly Kelly Holden 2 laps Russell Ingall Paul Morris Holden 2 laps