Thompson extends Fujitsu Series winning streak

Andrew Thompson will line-up with Jamie Whincup in the Bathurst 1000

Andrew Thompson will line-up with Jamie Whincup in the Bathurst 1000

Andrew Thompson has led home David Russell in Race 2 of the Fujitsu V8 Supercars Series at Mount Panorama.

Russell showed the way in the early laps after getting the jump on his Holden rival and aggressively chopping to the inside line entering Hell Corner – resulting in minor contact between the pair.

Thompson survived a further touch with Nick Percat on the exit of the first turn, before eventually taking the lead on Lap 6.

Russell kept the Monster backed Commodore in site to finish second, ahead of Jack Perkins and Paul Morris – with the top four covered by just 2.64s.

Scott McLaughlin and Tim Blanchard rounded out the top six, with the latter dropping outside the top 15 on the opening lap due to stalling at the start and then going off at The Chase.

Percat also fought his way back through the field after a troubled start, the Coates Hire Commodore finishing behind Chaz Mostert in eighth place.

The race was punctuated by two Safety Car periods, the first of which appeared courtesy of some opening lap mayhem at The Chase which left Todd Fiore stranded in the gravel trap.

Just two more laps of racing occurred after the restart before Aaron McGill had an off of his own at the same point of the circuit, bringing out the full-course yellow once again.

Tom Tweedie was also an early casualty, retiring with damage to the back of his Falcon after colliding with Chaz Mostert at Griffins Bend.

Mostert spent the majority of his race battling for sixth with Rodney Jane, whose power advantage made overtaking exceedingly difficult for the reigning Formula Ford Champion.

The battle ended when the pair made contact at the exit of Hell Corner after Mostert had made an inside pass but failed to leave room for Jane on the exit. Both cars briefly visited the sodden grass on the exit, causing Jane to spin to the inside and out of the race.

Mostert lost a position in the incident thanks to an opportunistic Blanchard, but regained seventh spot a lap later when Marcus Zukanovic slowed with damage from grazing the exit wall at The Cutting.

Colin Sieders failed to finish after hitting the wall on the way into Forrest Elbow, while David Wall was forced to pit his Wilson Security Commodore having run strongly inside the top 10.

Thompson now leads the series standings by 178 points over Russell with two rounds remaining. Perkins is a further 90 points behind in third, while McLaughlin and Blanchard round out the top five.

See below for the full race result

1 Triple Eight Race Engineering Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 14 36:34.6201
2 Team Jayco David Russell Ford Falcon BF 14 36:36.1807
3 Supercheap / Bob Jane T Marts Jack Perkins Ford Falcon BF 14 36:36.9997
4 Sargent Security Racing Paul Morris Holden Commodore VE 14 36:37.3131
5 Fujitsu Scott McLaughlin Ford Falcon BF 14 36:45.5349
6 Team Jayco Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon BF 14 36:45.8205
7 Simpro Software/Master Elect. Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon BF 14 36:47.4238
8 Coates Hire Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VE 14 36:47.9473
9 ACDelco/Simworx/NDD Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE 14 36:55.9142
10 R&J Batteries/EarthEx/KingGee Daniel Jilesen Holden Commodore VE 14 36:56.6739
11 CEG Rentals/Go Karts Go Aaren Russell Ford Falcon BF 14 37:02.2043
12 Carrington Eq/Go Karts Go Drew Russell Ford Falcon BF 14 37:04.1121
13 Drill Pro Services/EarthEx James Brock Holden Commodore VE 14 37:10.1995
14 Mad Croc Energy Robert Cregan Ford Falcon BF 14 37:10.4305
15 Formula Tech/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE 14 37:34.7164
16 Flexi Staff Todd Fiore Ford Falcon BF 12 37:22.0891
17 SOLO / NCSS Aaron McGill Ford Falcon BF 11 38:21.2207
DNF Freestones Roadhaven Paul Freestone Ford Falcon BF 12 32:38.6843
DNF Midway Concrete&Garden Supply Marcus Zukanovic Holden Commodore VE 11 30:47.0214
DNF Bisley Workwear Colin Sieders Ford Falcon BF 10 29:28.2009
DNF Bob Jane T-Marts Rodney Jane Ford Falcon FG  9 25:45.9384
DNF Wilson Security Team McGrath David Wall Holden Commodore VE  9 26:04.0719
DNF Warrin Mining Volvo Const Eq. Adam Wallis Holden Commodore VE  4 12:51.2419
DNF Favourit.com / AFS Tony Bates Holden Commodore VE  3 10:26.8455
DNF GARMIN Tom Tweedie Ford Falcon BF  1  2:19.7555

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