James Courtney wins 2010 V8 Supercars title

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Sunday 5th December, 2010 - 2:35pm

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2010 V8 Supercars Champion James Courtney

2010 V8 Supercars Champion James Courtney

James Courtney has won the 2010 V8 Supercars Championship Series by finishing 14th in the final race of the season at the Sydney Telstra 500.

The Jim Beam Racing driver started from 12th place and made a poor start, dropping a few positions off the line. He lost even more positions when a stuck wheel nut during his first pit stop cost him time.

Courtney pitted twice more in a conservative fuel strategy, eventually securing enough points over rival Jamie Whincup to become the new champion.

It is Courtney’s first V8 Supercars Championship Series success and the Ford Motor Company’s third in-a-row. The victory was also Dick Johnson Racing’s seventh Australian Touring Car crown.

The race was won by Fujitsu Racing’s Lee Holdsworth after SP Tools driver Shane van Gisbergen lost the lead on the final lap when his Falcon ran out of fuel.

In second plac was Steven Richards – competing in his final race for Ford Performance Racing.

Van Gisbergen took third – just – from Steve Johnson (Jim Beam Racing), who almost hit the slowing van Gisbergen on the start line, missing a spot on the podium by 0.01s.

Rounding out the top 10 was Jamie Whincup (TeamVodafone), Craig Lowndes (TeamVodafone), Rick Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing), Michael Caruso (Fujitsu Racing), Garth Tander (Toll HRT) and Jonathon Webb (Mother Racing).

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1 33 Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2 74
2 6 Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 74
3 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 74
4 17 Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 74
5 1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 74
6 888 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 74
7 15 Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 74
8 34 Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 74
9 2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 74
10 19 Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 74
11 3 Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VE2 74
12 51 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 74
13 8 Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE2 74
14 18 James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 74
15 55 Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 74
16 12 Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 74
17 16 Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE2 74
18 30 Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2 74
19 24 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE 74
20 39 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 74
21 7 Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 72
22 11 Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE2 70
23 4 Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 59
DNF 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 65
DNF 47 Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 58
DNF 14 Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 54
DNF 22 Will Davison Holden Commodore VE2 47
DNF 21 Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE 44
DNF 10 Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE2 37

Final Top 20 championship points

1 James Courtney 2992
2 Jamie Whincup 2879
3 Mark Winterbottom 2729
4 Craig Lowndes 2567
5 Garth  Tander 2382
6 Shane Van Gisbergen 2262
7 Rick Kelly 2251
8 Lee Holdsworth 2237
9 Paul Dumbrell 2172
10 Russell Ingall 1922
11 Michael Caruso 1914
12 Steven Johnson 1886
13 Jonathon Webb 1774
14 Jason Bright 1642
15 Tim Slade 1595
16 Jason Richards 1547
17 Steven Richards 1492
18 Todd Kelly 1393
19 Greg Murphy 1363
20 Alex Davison 1281

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