Matthew White Motorsport’s Tim Blanchard has taken his first win of the 2011 Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series season on the streets of Townsville.
The Jayco Falcon driver started Race 2 of the weekend from second on the grid thanks to the inverted top 10 format, and was never headed after taking the lead from pole sitter Chaz Mostert (simPro Miles Racing) into the first corner.
Jack Perkins (Supercheap Auto Sonic) charged in the closing laps to be just 0.49s behind Blanchard at the flag, having taken runner-up spot from Greg Murphy Racing’s Daniel Jilesen on Lap 11 of 13.
David Russell had a quiet race in the second Jayco entry to move from ninth on the grid to fourth, while Race 1 winner Andrew Thompson was a fighting fifth.
The Monster Commodore started from the rear of the field thanks to an engine change between races. Thompson made his way into the top 10 by Lap 8, and snatched fifth from Nick Percat (Coates Hire WR) on the penultimate lap.
Marcus Zukanovic (ABC Towing Action Racing), Andrew Jones (Flexi Hire BJR), Cameron McConville (Rare Spares Eggleston Motorsport) and Mostert rounded out the top 10.
Rodney Jane (Bob Jane T-Marts Sonic) and Paul Morris (Love Machine PMM) batttled for fourth position early before nose-to-tail contact saw the former spun into the barrier at Turn 11.
The pair finished the race just 17th and 19th respectively after Morris received a drive-through penalty for his actions. Jane visited the PMM pit bunker after the race to discuss the incident.
The third and final Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series race of the weekend will take place this afternoon.
See below for the full Race 2 result
|1||Team Jayco||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon BF||14||17:45.1484|
|2||Bob Jane T Marts/Supercheap||Jack Perkins||Ford Falcon BF||14||17:45.6337|
|3||R&J Batteries/EarthEx/KingGee||Daniel Jilesen||Holden Commodore VE||14||17:47.0269|
|4||Team Jayco||David Russell||Ford Falcon BF||14||17:50.0212|
|5||Triple Eight Race Engineering||Andrew Thompson||Holden Commodore VE||14||17:51.6453|
|6||Coates Hire Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VE||14||17:54.8323|
|7||Midway Concrete&Garden Supply||Marcus Zukanovic||Holden Commodore VE||14||17:57.3908|
|8||Flexi Hire Racing||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VE||14||17:59.5602|
|9||Eggleston Motorsport||Cameron McConville||Holden Commodore VE||14||17:59.8123|
|10||Simpro Software/Master Elect.||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon BF||14||18:01.6150|
|11||Go Karts Go||Drew Russell||Ford Falcon BF||14||18:03.3172|
|12||Wilson Security Racing||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VE||14||18:04.2404|
|13||Fujitsu||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Falcon BF||14||18:04.5090|
|14||Fastaz Motorsport||Taz Douglas||Holden Commodore VZ||14||18:07.5757|
|15||Mad Croc Energy||Robert Cregan||Ford Falcon BF||14||18:08.1748|
|16||Team Tom Supporters Club||Tom Tweedie||Ford Falcon BF||14||18:11.3567|
|17||Bob Jane T-Marts||Rodney Jane||Ford Falcon FG||14||18:12.8239|
|18||AC Delco/Simworx/NDD||Geoff Emery||Holden Commodore VE||14||18:14.2892|
|19||The Love Machine||Paul Morris||Holden Commodore VE||14||18:15.8097|
|20||Sportsalive.com / AFS||Tony Bates||Holden Commodore VE||14||18:26.2194|
|21||City of Townsville/Bisley||Colin Sieders||Ford Falcon BF||14||18:27.1730|
|22||Simpro Software/Master Elect.||Ashley Walsh||Ford Falcon BF||14||18:28.7635|
|23||Tricor/EarthEx/Drill Pro Srvs||James Brock||Holden Commodore VE||14||18:30.8394|
|24||NCSS||Aaron McGill||Ford Falcon BF||14||18:37.1635|
|25||Formula Tech/Interquip Racing||Brett Stewart||Holden Commodore VE||14||18:38.5669|
|26||Go Karts Go||Aaren Russell||Ford Falcon BF||14||18:42.0035|