Thompson recovers for Fujitsu round win

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Sunday 21st August, 2011 - 1:55pm

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Thompson extended his points lead

Thompson extended his points lead

Andrew Thompson has recovered from a difficult second race to take the Fujitsu V8 Supercars round victory at Queensland Raceway.

The Monster Commodore driver struggled in Race 2’s wet conditions, but showed his class in the final – winning the race from fourth on the grid.

Thompson passed long-time race leader David Russell on the penultimate lap before escaping to win by 1.1s.

Paul Morris held on for third, ahead of Cameron McConville, Scott McLaughlin, Tim Blanchard, Jack Perkins, Nick Percat, David Wall and Andrew Jones.

The results saw Morris and McLaughlin record second and third in the round results respectively.

Morris had taken the lead of Race 3 prior to the first appearance of the Safety Car, but failed to hold off Russell on the restart.

Race 3 was punctuated by two Safety Car periods, the first of which was caused by an error from Daniel Jilesen that saw the Greg Murphy Racing Commodore spear into Aaron McGill, stranding the latter’s Falcon on the circuit.

West Australian Brett Stewart quickly found himself stuck in the Turn 2 gravel trap after the restart, requiring another Safety Car intervention.

A spectacular engine failure for Rodney Jane provided some late race excitement, with Thompson almost coming to grief on the oil left at Turn 5.

It was another tough encounter for the Miles Racing squad, with Chaz Mostert spinning wildly on the front straight following contact with Race 2 winner Andrew Jones.

Mostert recovered to finish 17th, while team-mate Ashley Walsh was 21st after slipping off on Jane’s oil.

Geoff Emery joined his team-mate Jilesen on the retirements list following heavy contact with Taz Douglas at Turn 3 on Lap 2.

Thompson continues to lead the standings after four rounds, now 154 points in front of Russell. McLaughlin, Perkins and Blanchard round out the top five.

See below for the Race 3 result

1  Triple Eight Race Engineering Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 22 30:48.4232
2  Team Jayco David Russell Ford Falcon BF 22 30:49.5342
3  Sargent Security Racing Paul Morris Holden Commodore VE 22 30:50.4655
4  Eggleston Motorsport Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE 22 30:51.7936
5  Fujitsu Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon BF 22 30:52.0383
6  Team Jayco Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon BF 22 30:53.8830
7  Bob Jane T Marts/Supercheap Jack Perkins Ford Falcon BF 22 30:56.6467
8  Coates Hire Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VE 22 30:58.4794
9  Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE 22 31:00.3565
10  Team BOC Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE 22 31:04.7324
11  Go Karts Go Drew Russell Ford Falcon BF 22 31:09.9914
12  Team Tom Supporters Club Tom Tweedie Ford Falcon BF 22 31:11.1072
13  CrimSafe Racing Grant Denyer Holden Commodore VE 22 31:12.4822
14  Go Karts Go Aaren Russell Ford Falcon BF 22 31:12.5000
15  Flexi Staff Todd Fiore Ford Falcon BF 22 31:13.7959
16  Mad Croc Energy Robert Cregan Ford Falcon BF 22 31:14.7887
17  Simpro Software/Master Elect. Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon BF 22 31:17.8572
18  Midway Concrete&Garden Supply Marcus Zukanovic Holden Commodore VE 22 31:18.1256
19  EarthEx/Drill pro Srvs James Brock Holden Commodore VE 22 31:18.6863
20  Warrin Mining Adam Wallis Holden Commodore VE 22 31:21.0731
21  Simpro Software/Master Elect. Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon BF 22 31:21.9119
22  Sportsalive.com / AFS Tony Bates Holden Commodore VE 22 31:31.9190
23  Fastaz Motorsport Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VZ 22 31:46.8211
24  NCSS Aaron McGill Ford Falcon BF 21 31:52.1436
DNF  Bob Jane T-Marts Rodney Jane Ford Falcon FG 19 27:22.8244
DNF  Formula Tech/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE 11 18:52.1499
DNF  R&J Batteries/EarthEx/KingGee Daniel Jilesen Holden Commodore VE  4  5:32.5732
DNF  AC Delco/Simworx/NDD Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE  2  2:48.4632

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