Symmons Plains V8 Supercars: Coulthard snatches race-three victory

Fabian Coulthard snatched victory from Mark Winterbottom to give Brad Jones Racing a clean sweep of the Symmons Plains V8 Supercars weekend

Symmons Plains V8 Supercars: Coulthard snatches race-three victory

Winterbottom had taken pole ahead of Coulthard and kept his Ford Performance Racing Falcon in front of the Holden for most of the race, albeit with the Kiwi on his bumper throughout.

An enormous head-on crash (pictured below) for Scott Pye at Turn 2 late on brought out the safety car. The rookie, who had been suffering with fading brakes, was unhurt.

The restart gave Coulthard fresh impetus, and with four laps to go, he surged down the inside into the Turn 4 hairpin and took the lead.

Winterbottom tried to retaliate but his left front tyre burst within sight of the line, which the Ford man felt was a legacy of contact with Coulthard. He held on to second.

The resurgent James Courtney got back on the podium for Holden Racing Team after jumping Jamie Whincup off the line.

As Courtney's tyres went off near the end, he resisted big pressure from Whincup and race two winner Jason Bright, who got between them by going right around the outside of Whincup at the hairpin on the final lap.

Will Davison completed the top six, followed by Jonathon Webb, Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen.

Race two runner-up Garth Tander could only manage 10th after qualifying back in 13th.

He finished ahead of Craig Lowndes' "spluttering" Triple 8 Holden as the pre-event championship leader's tough weekend concluded with an 11th place.

Results - 42 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden 42m20.8286s 2. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 2.3675s 3. James Courtney HRT Holden + 2.7774s 4. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden + 2.9615s 5. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden + 3.2493s 6. Will Davison FPR Ford + 3.4900s 7. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden + 4.5053s 8. Scott McLaughlin GRM Holden + 4.6116s 9. Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Holden + 5.1716s 10. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 5.3883s 11. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden + 8.6000s 12. Alex Davison Schwerkolt/FPR Ford + 8.6640s 13. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Mercedes + 9.2724s 14. Alexandre Premat GRM Holden + 9.7247s 15. James Moffat Nissan + 11.9777s 16. Rick Kelly Nissan + 12.4068s 17. Michael Caruso Nissan + 12.8354s 18. Tim Slade Rosenberg/Erebus Mercedes + 13.5734s 19. David Wall Britek/BJR Holden + 13.8840s 20. Jonny Reid DJR Ford + 15.3473s 21. Dean Fiore Dumbrell Holden + 16.8068s 22. Tim Blanchard DJR Ford + 1 lap 23. Maro Engel Erebus Mercedes + 1 lap 24. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 1 lap 25. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Holden + 1 lap 26. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw/HRT Holden + 5 laps Retirements: Scott Pye Dumbrell Holden 32 laps Todd Kelly Nissan 20 laps 
Starting grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford 51.2052s 2. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden 51.2700s + 0.0648s 3. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden 51.3083s + 0.1031s 4. James Courtney HRT Holden 51.3403s + 0.1351s 5. Scott McLaughlin GRM Holden 51.3458s + 0.1406s 6. Will Davison FPR Ford 51.3648s + 0.1596s 7. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden 51.3734s + 0.1682s 8. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 51.3836s + 0.1784s 9. Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Holden 51.4036s + 0.1984s 10. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford 51.4524s + 0.2472s 11. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden 51.4895s + 0.2843s 12. Dean Fiore Dumbrell Holden 51.4983s + 0.2931s 13. Garth Tander HRT Holden 51.5051s + 0.2999s 14. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Holden 51.5785s + 0.3733s 15. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Mercedes 51.6374s + 0.4322s 16. Tim Slade Rosenberg/Erebus Mercedes 51.6471s + 0.4419s 17. Scott Pye Dumbrell Holden 51.6532s + 0.4480s 18. Alex Davison Schwerkolt/FPR Ford 51.6808s + 0.4756s 19. David Wall Britek/BJR Holden 51.7041s + 0.4989s 20. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw/HRT Holden 51.7264s + 0.5212s 21. Todd Kelly Nissan 51.8376s + 0.6324s 22. James Moffat Nissan 51.8581s + 0.6529s 23. Michael Caruso Nissan 51.8831s + 0.6779s 24. Alexandre Premat GRM Holden 51.9017s + 0.6965s 25. Rick Kelly Nissan 52.0167s + 0.8115s 26. Maro Engel Erebus Mercedes 52.1588s + 0.9536s 27. Tim Blanchard DJR Ford 52.2036s + 0.9984s 28. Jonny Reid DJR Ford 52.4263s + 1.2211s 
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