Coulthard takes maiden V8 Supercars win in Race 1
Brad Jones Racing has carried on its dominant form at Albert Park, with Fabian Coulthard leading home team-mate Jason Bright for a one-two finish in Race 1 of the weekend.
Coulthard made the most of his pole position to lead the opening laps, but an early Safety Car as the compulsory pitstop cycle was unfolding soon gave the order a minor shakeup.
Shane van Gisbergen and Jason Bright were two of six drivers that were yet to pit when the yellows were called, and subsequently returned to the track ahead of Coulthard.
The Lockwood Holden asserted its authority after the restart, quickly moving by Bright before eventually taking Van Gisbergen with just two laps remaining.
Van Gisbergen pulled into pitlane with a broken gearbox soon after losing the lead, leaving the Kiwi to start Race 2 from 26th.
Will Davison took third behind the two BJR Holdens, while Jamie Whincup survived last lap contact with team-mate Craig Lowndes for fourth.
Lowndes slid from third to fifth on the final lap as his rear tyres went away, leaving the Red Bull Holden to only narrowly edge out Mark Winterbottom and Scott McLaughlin.
James Moffat and Rick Kelly put in strong performances for Nissan Motorsport in eighth and 10th respectively, split by Garth Tander’s Holden Racing Team Commodore.
Alex Premat’s Fujitsu Holden was the cause of the Lap 3 Safety Car – the Frenchman colliding with a defensive Lee Holdsworth at Turn 1 after exiting pitlane. The contact sent Premat into the concrete wall on the outside of the circuit.
The #34 Holden will not return to the track for the three remaining races.
There had also been carnage on the opening lap, with Tony D’Alberto spinning Michael Caruso amid a three-wide squeeze at Turn 3, scattering the pack in the process.
D’Alberto failed to finish due to the damage sustained to his Holden. Caruso recovered to ensure all four Nissans finished in the top 16.
Holdsworth was the best of the Mercedes entries in 19th despite his collision with Premat.
Having been excluded from qualifying for causing an incident with Premat, Jonny Reid’s weekend didn’t get much better in Race 1. The Dick Johnson Racing Falcon finished in 25th and last position after a mid-race tangle with Scott Pye.
The second of four races for the weekend will get underway at 1420 local time, with the grid set by the Race 1 finishing order.
UPDATE: Winterbottom was dropped to 25th in the result due to an unsafe pit release, while D’Alberto has been deducted 15 points for causing the opening lap incident.
V8 Supercars Race 1
|1||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||1:57.1541*|
|2||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||1:57.3077|
|3||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||1:57.4978|
|4||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||1:57.8713|
|5||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||1:57.3918|
|6||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VF||1:58.0275|
|7||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||1:57.9921|
|8||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||1:57.8648|
|9||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||1:58.4969|
|10||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:58.7437|
|11||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||1:58.4211|
|12||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||1:58.8783|
|13||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||1:58.3736|
|14||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||1:58.5974|
|15||Wilson Security Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||1:59.0548|
|16||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||1:59.4228|
|17||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||1:59.5918|
|18||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||Holden Commodore VF||1:59.2464|
|19||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:59.3442|
|20||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VF||1:59.2732|
|21||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||1:59.4059|
|22||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||1:59.7026|
|23||Heavy Haulage Australia Racing||Tim Slade||Mercedes E63 AMG||1:59.3380|
|24||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Mercedes E63 AMG||2:00.5572|
|25||Wilson Security Racing||Jonny Reid||Ford Falcon FG||1:59.6942|
|DNF||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||1:57.3301|
|DNF||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VF||3:00.6720|
|DNF||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF|