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

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


   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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