Moffat leads Nissan one-two at Winton

Saturday 24th August, 2013


Author: SpeedCafe ©

Moffat and Caruso embrace post-race

Moffat and Caruso embrace post-race

James Moffat survived a late-race scare to take maiden wins for himself and Nissan Motorsport in the V8 Supercars Championship at Winton.

The son of four-time Australian Touring Car Champion Allan Moffat took the lead from team-mate Michael Caruso at the double-file rolling restart, where the outside lane proved the place to be.

Moffat then controlled the race until the gap over Caruso closed from 0.8s to just 0.3s with six laps to go after he ran wide at Turn 10.

Moffat was able to steady the ship, however, eventually taking the flag 0.8s ahead to become the 11th different race winner of the season.

Pole-sitter Jamie Whincup had led the first leg of the race until a driveline failure forced him to pull off the circuit on Lap 10.

Jason Bright took third having moved his way through from seventh on the grid to fourth by the completion of the opening leg,

Rounding up Mark Winterbottom on the restart, the Team BOC Holden looked a threat to the Nissans early in the second set of 20 laps before eventually falling more than five seconds adrift of Moffat.

Winterbottom, James Courtney, Will Davison, Fabian Coulthard, Garth Tander, Russell Ingall and David Reynolds completed the top 10.

Much of the race’s action occurred around sixth-placed qualifier Shane van Gisbergen, who struggled for pace in both heats. The Kiwi eventually finished 13th.

Awkwardly for Nissan and V8 Supercars, today’s landmark result has come on a weekend where the two Norton cars, and the Erebus Mercedes of Maro Engel, are trialling a revised blend fuel in the lead-up to the endurance races.

See below for the Race 25 result 

1Norton 360 RacingJames MoffatNissan Altima4001:22:06.51
2Norton 360 RacingMichael CarusoNissan Altima4001:22:07.32
3Team BOCJason BrightHolden Commodore VF4001:22:12.00
4Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordMark WinterbottomFord Falcon FG4001:22:12.64
5Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyHolden Commodore VF4001:22:12.90
6Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordWill DavisonFord Falcon FG4001:22:17.54
7Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VF4001:22:20.34
8Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderHolden Commodore VF4001:22:24.53
9Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallHolden Commodore VF4001:22:24.86
10The Bottle-O FPR FordDavid ReynoldsFord Falcon FG4001:22:26.57
11Team HIFLEXTony D’AlbertoHolden Commodore VF4001:22:29.46
12ekol RacingScott PyeHolden Commodore VF4001:22:31.70
13TEKNO Team VIPShane Van GisbergenHolden Commodore VF4001:22:32.63
14Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyNissan Altima4001:22:33.36
15Jeld-wen FPR FordAlex DavisonFord Falcon FG4001:22:34.59
16Wilson Security RacingChaz MostertFord Falcon FG4001:22:35.33
17Fujitsu Racing GRMAlexandre PrematHolden Commodore VF4001:22:35.41
18SP Tools RacingMaro EngelMercedes E63 AMG4001:22:35.60
19Fujitsu Racing GRMScott McLaughlinHolden Commodore VF4001:22:38.07
20Tekno AutosportsJonathon WebbHolden Commodore VF4001:22:38.61
21Red Bull Racing AustraliaCraig LowndesHolden Commodore VF4001:22:39.00
22Heavy Haulage Australia RacingTim SladeMercedes E63 AMG4001:22:39.15
23Wilson Security RacingDavid WallHolden Commodore VF4001:22:41.54
24Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyNissan Altima4001:22:41.73
25Dodo Insurance RacingDean FioreHolden Commodore VF4001:22:41.91
26Irwin RacingLee HoldsworthMercedes E63 AMG4001:22:42.09
27Wilson Security RacingTim BlanchardFord Falcon FG4001:22:42.62
DNFRed Bull Racing AustraliaJamie WhincupHolden Commodore VF953:56.08

See below for the updated championship standings after Race 25 of 36

1Jamie Whincup1803
2Craig Lowndes1702
3Will Davison1660
4Mark Winterbottom1641
5Jason Bright1557
6Fabian Coulthard1557
7James Courtney1501
8Garth Tander1498
9Shane Van Gisbergen1484
10Jonathon Webb1234
11Scott McLaughlin1220
12David Reynolds1090
13Rick Kelly1075
14James Moffat1047
15Alex Davison1000
16Tony D’Alberto907
17Alexandre Premat851
18Russell Ingall839
19Michael Caruso809
20Chaz Mostert762
21Tim Slade749
22Dean Fiore744
23David Wall699
24Todd Kelly647
25Tim Blanchard619
26Scott Pye609
27Lee Holdsworth575
28Maro Engel508
29Jonny Reid149


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