STATS WEEK: Johnson tops Laps Completed

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Tuesday 9th August, 2011 - 11:30am

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Johnson leads the pack in Race 10 at Winton

Johnson leads the pack in Race 10 at Winton

With the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship currently at its halfway mark, Speedcafe.com puts the first 15 races under the microscope in a five-part STATS WEEK analysis. Today we look at Laps Completed.

CLICK HERE for yesterday’s look at Laps Led

The first half of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship has seen 869 laps of racing, and only one driver has completed them all.

Jim Beam Racing’s Steve Johnson sits alone atop the Laps Completed chart after 15 races, with the Queenslander keeping his nose clean while enjoying a faultless run of reliability.

CLICK HERE to read Johnson’s comments on his achievement

Craig Lowndes (crash damage, Race 2 Yas Marina), Shane van Gisbergen (chaotic pitstop, Race 5 Hamilton) and Rick Kelly (oil leak, Race 2 Yas Marina) all fall just one lap short of the benchmark.

A total of five drivers have missed the perfect score due to a single incident, with Fabian Coulthard (DNF due to accident, Race 6 Hamilton) and Will Davison (crash damage, Race 11 Winton) also falling into that category.

While the 2011 season has been largely smooth sailing for points leader Jamie Whincup, collisions in both races at Hamilton see the two-time champion ranked just sixth for Laps Completed.

By contrast, it’s been a trying year for the Toll Holden Racing Team, with Garth Tander and James Courtney completing just 94.3 and 84.2 percent of the laps respectively. Early accidents at Yas Marina (Race 2, Tander), Hamilton (Race 2, Courtney) and Townsville (Race 1, Courtney) have proven especially costly.

Not surprisingly, Steve Owen sits at the foot of the table, after failing to start Race 4 in Adelaide or complete a single lap on Sunday at Barbagallo due to accidents. The VIP Petfoods Commodore has missed a total of 210 laps (or 24.2 percent) of racing so far.

Remarkably, Karl Reindler – who also missed all 100 laps of racing on Sunday at Barbagallo – has completed just eight less laps in total than his team-mate Jason Bright, who currently sits in the championship’s top 10.

Coming off of race wins at both Barbagallo and Winton, the Team BOC Commodore saw just 19 of the 113 laps in Darwin thanks to a collision on Saturday and an engine failure on Sunday – significantly effecting Bright’s season total.

See below for the full Laps Completed table as of the 2011 season’s halfway point

Rank

Champ Pos.

Driver

Laps Completed

% of Total Laps

Race Finishes

1

8

Steven Johnson

869

100.0%

15

2

2

Craig Lowndes

868

99.9%

15

3

3

Shane van Gisbergen

868

99.9%

15

4

4

Rick Kelly

868

99.9%

15

5

12

Fabian Coulthard

865

99.5%

14

6

1

Jamie Whincup

864

99.4%

15

7

6

Will Davison

863

99.3%

15

8

14

Michael Caruso

850

97.8%

14

9

9

Alex Davison

849

97.7%

15

10

16

Paul Dumbrell

838

96.4%

14

11

5

Mark Winterbottom

828

95.3%

14

12

21

James Moffat

820

94.4%

13

13

18

Greg Murphy

816

93.9%

14

14

11

Lee Holdsworth

812

93.4%

14

15

24

David Reynolds

804

92.5%

14

16

7

Garth Tander

802

92.3%

14

17

25

Tony D’Alberto

799

91.9%

13

18

26

Dean Fiore

779

89.6%

13

19

13

Tim Slade

775

89.2%

12

20

20

Russell Ingall

770

88.6%

12

21

22

Jonathon Webb

760

87.5%

13

22

10

Jason Bright

758

87.2%

12

23

27

Karl Reindler

750

86.3%

12

24

28

Warren Luff

737

84.8%

11

25

19

James Courtney

732

84.2%

13

26

23

Todd Kelly

694

79.9%

11

27

15

Jason Bargwanna

683

78.6%

12

28

17

Steve Owen

659

75.8%

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