Mark Winterbottom takes victory in first Barbagallo V8 Supercars race
|Saturday, May 5th 2012, 07:07 GMT|
Mark Winterbottom secured his second straight V8 Supercars race victory by winning the first leg of the Barbagallo triple-header.
But while one Ford Performance Racing driver won, the other lost the championship lead, as Will Davison was caught up in a first-lap incident.
Winterbottom's afternoon had got off to an odd start when contact with poleman Garth Tander as the cars formed up on the dummy grid mangled the FPR Falcon's door.
They would come together again on a disastrous opening lap for Tander, who saw the soft-tyre-shod Brad Jones Racing Holden of second-place starter Jason Bright go around the outside of him at the first corner to lead.
Triple Eight's Jamie Whincup also passed Tander (Holden Racing Team) further around the lap, with Winterbottom banging doors with Tander as he followed on the run to the last corner.
David Reynolds (Rod Nash/FPR Ford) then tried to demote Tander another place, but they made contact, spinning the Holden in front of the field. In the chain reaction that followed, Davison was spun into Tander's car, ending the latter's race and sending Davison to the garage for repairs.
Bright held the lead until the end of lap 13, when Whincup slipped down the inside. That started a gradual fade for Bright, with Winterbottom soon into second.
Winterbottom used hard tyres for the first stint and stayed close enough to Whincup that by pitting for softs two laps before the champion switched to hards, Winterbottom was able to jump ahead.
That settled the battle for the lead, with Winterbottom staying clear of Whincup to win by 3.3 seconds, although Davison's disaster meant Whincup still picked up the championship lead.
Whincup's team-mate Craig Lowndes drove a superb race to come from 16th on the grid to third, making a very early pitstop for softs and then holding off a massive train of cars to the flag.
Stone Brothers Ford's Lee Holdsworth, HRT's James Courtney and James Rosenberg/Stone Brothers' Tim Slade led the queue behind Lowndes, while an intermittent misfire meant Shane van Gisbergen fell back from a likely podium for Stone Brothers to seventh.
Results - 50 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford 52m48.8024s 2. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden + 3.2861s 3. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden + 21.2797s 4. Lee Holdsworth Stone Brothers Ford + 21.6093s 5. James Courtney HRT Holden + 22.0586s 6. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford + 22.2656s 7. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford + 22.6870s 8. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden + 22.9296s 9. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden + 23.4377s 10. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden + 24.5348s 11. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw Holden + 26.5728s 12. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden + 27.0280s 13. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 28.0541s 14. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden + 30.3739s 15. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden + 34.4275s 16. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford + 34.5770s 17. Alexandre Premat Garry Rogers Holden + 36.2181s 18. Michael Patrizi Tekno Holden + 37.7487s 19. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford + 42.9124s 20. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford + 42.9498s 21. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden + 44.1316s 22. David Wall Britek/BJR Holden + 46.6427s 23. Karl Reindler Kelly Holden + 1 lap 24. Taz Douglas Dumbrell Holden + 1 lap 25. Will Davison FPR Ford + 9 laps Retirements: Steve Owen Dick Johnson Ford 26 laps James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford 7 laps Garth Tander HRT Holden 0 laps