Tander wins as Whincup takes points lead

  • Saturday 23rd November, 2013 5:24pm
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©
Garth Tander took victory in Race 32

Garth Tander took victory in Race 32

Garth Tander cruised to victory at the end of a drama filled final running of the 60/60 Super Sprint race format at Phillip Island.

Tander took the lead of the race when Craig Lowndes and Mark Winterbottom clashed on the final corner of the first segment.

The two title contenders made side-to-side contact as Winterbottom dived to the inside; dropping the Ford driver to fourth and the Holden to 15th.

Tander and Alex Davison were left to share the front-row for the restart, with the Holden Racing Team Commodore eventually taking a comfortable three second win.

Davison bravely held off Fabian Coulthard for 12 of the second 14 laps before being relegated to his eventual finishing position of third.

Jamie Whincup moved through from 13th on the grid to finish as the best of the title contenders in fourth having overtaken Winterbottom on the final lap.

Tim Blanchard, Shane van Gisbergen, Lowndes, Chaz Mostert and Michael Caruso completed the top 10.

A dramatic accident occurred towards the end of the first 14 laps, where the Holdens of James Courtney and Alexandre Premat made heavy side-on-contact.

Premat, who later blamed a tyre problem, ran wide through Turn 3 before sliding back on at high-speed while Courtney was negotiating the hairpin.

Both drivers walked away from their heavily damaged cars, albeit with a limp in the case of Courtney, whose car suffered extensive intrusion bar damage on the driver’s side.

The results see Whincup return to the points lead ahead of team-mate Jamie Whincup, with Winterbottom remaining third.

It was a tough afternoon for the fourth championship contender Will Davison, who was turned around after squeezing Van Gisbergen at the penultimate corner during the first segment.

Spinning to the back of the field, the FPR Falcon driver eventually recovered to finish 17th.

Others in the wars included James Moffat, David Reynolds, Jason Bright, Jonathon Webb and Tim Slade; all of whom suffered a variety of tyre problems.

Two 100km races will complete the weekend’s racing action on Sunday.

See below for the full Race 32 result 

1Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderHolden Commodore VF2801:16:53.80
2Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VF2801:16:56.88
3Jeld-wen FPR FordAlex DavisonFord Falcon FG2801:16:58.07
4Red Bull Racing AustraliaJamie WhincupHolden Commodore VF2801:16:58.61
5Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordMark WinterbottomFord Falcon FG2801:16:58.88
6Wilson Security RacingTim BlanchardFord Falcon FG2801:16:59.84
7TEKNO Team VIP PetfoodsShane Van GisbergenHolden Commodore VF2801:17:00.54
8Red Bull Racing AustraliaCraig LowndesHolden Commodore VF2801:17:00.77
9Wilson Security RacingChaz MostertFord Falcon FG2801:17:00.77
10Norton HornetsMichael CarusoNissan Altima2801:17:02.45
11Wilson Security RacingDavid WallHolden Commodore VF2801:17:03.18
12Team HIFLEXTony D’AlbertoHolden Commodore VF2801:17:04.47
13Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallHolden Commodore VF2801:17:04.94
14Irwin RacingLee HoldsworthMercedes E63 AMG2801:17:05.19
15Lucas Dumbrell MotorsportScott PyeHolden Commodore VF2801:17:05.76
16Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyNissan Altima2801:17:06.81
17Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordWill DavisonFord Falcon FG2801:17:07.18
18TEKNO Team Darrell LeaJonathon WebbHolden Commodore VF2801:17:08.68
19Fujitsu Racing GRMScott McLaughlinHolden Commodore VF2801:17:09.52
20Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyNissan Altima2801:17:10.03
21SP Tools RacingMaro EngelMercedes E63 AMG2801:17:10.74
22The Bottle-O FPR FordDavid ReynoldsFord Falcon FG2801:17:24.47
23Dodo Insurance RacingDean FioreHolden Commodore VF2801:17:30.87
24Team BOCJason BrightHolden Commodore VF2701:16:55.67
25Heavy Haulage Australia RacingTim SladeMercedes E63 AMG2601:17:33.42
DNFHolden Racing TeamJames CourtneyHolden Commodore VF1055:05.10
DNFFujitsu Racing GRMAlexandre PrematHolden Commodore VF1055:05.10
DNFNorton HornetsJames MoffatNissan Altima655:05.10

See below for the updated points standings (Top 28 only)

1Jamie Whincup2623
2Craig Lowndes2609
3Mark Winterbottom2535
4Will Davison2464
5Fabian Coulthard2245
6Garth Tander2167
7Shane Van Gisbergen2116
8Jason Bright2019
9James Courtney1909
10Scott McLaughlin1785
11David Reynolds1764
12Jonathon Webb1693
13Alex Davison1529
14Rick Kelly1515
15Russell Ingall1399
16Tony D’Alberto1361
17Chaz Mostert1314
18James Moffat1311
19Alexandre Premat1253
20Lee Holdsworth1223
21David Wall1172
22Michael Caruso1089
23Tim Slade1084
24Dean Fiore1051
25Tim Blanchard996
26Scott Pye959
27Todd Kelly925
28Maro Engel835


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