STATS WEEK: Lowndes ahead on streets

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Tuesday 9th August, 2011 - 11:55pm

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Craig Lowndes in Adelaide

Craig Lowndes in Adelaide

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 street and permanent course form.

The first seven championship events of 2011 have seen the V8 Supercars race on three street and four permanent courses.

Splitting the points standings into hypothetically separate ‘Street’ and ‘Permanent’ Circuit Championships sees honours even between TeamVodafone stable-mates Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.

The former may have won two of the six street races held so far this season, but incidents in both races at the ITM400 Hamilton sees the current championship leader fall nine points short of his team-mates’ street circuit tally.

TeamVodafone retains its one-two standing however, while Rick Kelly sits third and Garth Tander fourth, thanks in parts to wins for the Holden pair in Hamilton (Kelly), Adelaide (Tander) and Townsville (Tander).

Aguably the biggest winner of all on temporary circuits however has been Todd Kelly, who improves 10 championship places to sit 13th in the street standings.

Other big improves are Karl Reindler (who has finished all six street races but has failed to score points in four permanent circuit races), Dean Fiore (whose three best finishes have come across the Adelaide and Hamilton weekends) and Russell Ingall (who, despite crashing out of Race 3 in Adelaide, has scored three of his four biggest points hauls during the Hamilton and Townsville events).

This year’s street races have not been without incident, and Michael Caruso (down 12 positions), Jason Bargwanna (down eight positions) and Tim Slade (down five positions) all fall considerably from their current championship positions due to a variety of collisions.

With nine of the 15 races held thus far having been run on permanent circuits, the hypothetical Permanent Circuit Championship standings naturally features less dramatic swings.

The biggest gainers are Steven Johnson, Alex Davison, Jason Bright and Jonathon Webb, who each jump four championship positions when the street races are removed. Davison’s race results on the two different circuit styles have been particularly affected by his qualifying performances, with the IRWIN Racing driver’s one-lap performances currently yielding a grid position average of 9.9 on permanent circuits compared to just 21.0 on streets.

Those to lose out the most from dropping the street races from the standings are factory drivers Mark Winterbottom and Garth Tander – the former having scored four of his six best race results on streets, and the latter having taken his two race wins in Adelaide and Hamilton.

See below for the hypothetical Street and Permanent Championship standings

Street Circuit Championship

Rank Driver Points Actual Champ Pos Gain/Loss
1 Craig Lowndes 672 2 +1
2 Jamie Whincup 663 1 -1
3 Rick Kelly 621 4 +1
4 Garth Tander 618 7 +3
5 Mark Winterbottom 591 5 0
6 Will Davison 582 6 0
7 Shane Van Gisbergen 507 3 -4
8 Steven Johnson 467 8 0
9 Fabian Coulthard 441 12 +3
10 Alex Davison 435 9 -1
11 Lee Holdsworth 401 11 0
12 Jason Bright 399 10 -2
13 Todd Kelly 377 23 +10
14 Russell Ingall 372 20 +6
15 Paul Dumbrell 327 16 +1
16 Steve Owen 309 17 +1
17 James Moffat 291 21 +4
18 Tim Slade 282 13 -5
19 James Courtney 273 19 0
20 Dean Fiore 270 26 +6
21 Karl Reindler 269 27 +6
22 Greg Murphy 257 18 -4
23 Jason Bargwanna 252 15 -8
24 Tony D’Alberto 249 25 +1
25 David Reynolds 249 24 -1
26 Michael Caruso 248 14 -12
27 Jonathon Webb 221 22 -5
28 Warren Luff 141 28 0

Permanent Circuit Championship

Rank Driver Points Actual Champ Pos Gain/Loss
1 Jamie Whincup 1020 1 0
2 Craig Lowndes 825 2 0
3 Shane Van Gisbergen 810 3 0
4 Steven Johnson 698 8 +4
5 Alex Davison 675 9 +4
6 Jason Bright 644 10 +4
7 Rick Kelly 623 4 -3
8 Will Davison 618 6 -2
9 Mark Winterbottom 610 5 -4
10 Lee Holdsworth 604 11 +1
11 Garth Tander 572 7 -4
12 Michael Caruso 562 14 +2
13 Tim Slade 555 13 0
14 Fabian Coulthard 547 12 -2
15 Jason Bargwanna 542 15 0
16 Greg Murphy 471 18 +2
17 James Courtney 454 19 +2
18 Jonathon Webb 439 22 +4
19 Paul Dumbrell 436 16 -3
20 Steve Owen 420 17 -3
21 James Moffat 391 21 0
22 David Reynolds 384 24 +2
23 Russell Ingall 329 20 -3
24 Tony D’Alberto 325 25 +1
25 Dean Fiore 292 26 +1
26 Todd Kelly 257 23 -3
27 Warren Luff 256 28 +1
28 Karl Reindler 247 27 -1

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