Blanchard holds on for first victory of 2011

Sunday 10th July, 2011 - 10:22am


Tim Blanchard is the defending Townsville round winner

Tim Blanchard is the defending Townsville round winner

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 / 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 comment policy reserves the right to deny any post that is abusive or offtopic. Users are encouraged to flag/report comments which should be removed.

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