Symmons Plains V8 Supercars: Jason Bright ends win drought

Jason Bright claimed his first V8 Supercars victory in nearly two years as Brad Jones Racing's superb form continued at Symmons Plains

Symmons Plains V8 Supercars: Jason Bright ends win drought

BJR had taken a front row sweep, with Bright ahead of race one winner Fabian Coulthard.

Garth Tander managed to get his Holden Racing Team Commodore between the two BJR entries halfway around the first lap, but that proved to be his limit.

After an early safety car to clear David Reynolds' badly damaged Ford - dramatically squeezed into the barriers in a three-abreast dice on the exit of the Turn 4 hairpin (pictured below) - Bright steadily eased away until he wrapped up victory by four seconds.

Tander fended off Coulthard and champion Jamie Whincup for second.

Will Davison was a lonely fifth ahead of Ford Performance Racing team-mate Mark Winterbottom, who will start on pole for race three later on Sunday.

Winterbottom had to battle hard for his top-six finish in race two, swapping places twice with rookie Scott McLaughlin in the closing stages. James Courtney ultimately got between them.

Pre-event championship leader Craig Lowndes was elbowed down the order during the race and finally ended up 10th behind David Wall.

In the latest of V8's format tweaks for 2013, this race was a 100-kilometre affair with pitstops permitted but not mandatory. No one took up the option.

Results - 42 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 40m33.8545s 2. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 3.6575s 3. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden + 4.8364s 4. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden + 5.5382s 5. Will Davison FPR Ford + 9.1342s 6. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 11.8202s 7. James Courtney HRT Holden + 12.6732s 8. Scott McLaughlin Garry Rogers Holden + 13.6451s 9. Dean Fiore Dumbrell Holden + 16.4835s 0. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden + 17.3441s 11. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden + 17.5520s 12. Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Holden + 21.3347s 13. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Holden + 21.9637s 14. Scott Pye Dumbrell Holden + 22.3089s 15. Alex Davison Schwerkolt/FPR Ford + 22.6111s 16. Todd Kelly Nissan + 23.5824s 17. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Mercedes + 24.0649s 18. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw/HRT Holden + 25.5154s 19. Michael Caruso Nissan + 28.1094s 20. James Moffat Nissan + 28.5205s 21. Alexandre Premat Garry Rogers Holden + 30.4391s 22. Tim Slade Rosenberg/Erebus Mercedes + 31.1468s 23. Rick Kelly Nissan + 31.6946s 24. Maro Engel Erebus Merecedes + 36.1226s 25. Jonny Reid Dick Johnson Ford + 40.4815s 26. Tim Blanchard Dick Johnson Ford + 47.9856s Retirements: David Wall Britek/BJR Holden 2 laps David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford 1 lap 
Starting grid: Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 51.1940s 2. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden 51.2321s + 0.0381s 3. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden 51.3458s + 0.1518s 4. Garth Tander HRT Holden 51.3788s + 0.1848s 5. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden 51.3929s + 0.1989s 6. Scott McLaughlin GRM Holden 51.3977s + 0.2037s 7. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford 51.4276s + 0.2336s 8. Will Davison FPR Ford 51.4710s + 0.2770s 9. James Courtney HRT Holden 51.5939s + 0.3999s 10. Dean Fiore Dumbrell Holden 51.6209s + 0.4269s 11. Jonathon Webb Tekno Holden 51.6660s + 0.4720s 12. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Holden 51.6787s + 0.4847s 13. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Mercedes 51.7257s + 0.5317s 14. Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Holden 51.7334s + 0.5394s 15. Alex Davison Schwerkolt/FPR Ford 51.7445s + 0.5505s 16. Todd Kelly Nissan 51.7992s + 0.6052s 17. Scott Pye Dumbrell Holden 51.8093s + 0.6153s 18. David Wall Britek/BJR Holden 51.8173s + 0.6233s 19. Michael Caruso Nissan 51.8517s + 0.6577s 20. Alexandre Premat GRM Holden 51.8551s + 0.6611s 21. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford 51.8595s + 0.6655s 22. Russell Ingall Walkinshaw/HRT Holden 51.9163s + 0.7223s 23. Tim Slade Rosenberg/Erebus Mercedes 51.9283s + 0.7343s 24. James Moffat Nissan 51.9512s + 0.7572s 25. Rick Kelly Nissan 52.0128s + 0.8188s 26. Maro Engel ErebusMercedes 52.2445s + 1.0505s 27. Tim Blanchard DJR Ford 52.4151s + 1.2211s 28. Jonny Reid DJR Ford 53.0334s + 1.8394s 
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