Winterbottom wins last lap thriller at Albert Park

Winterbottom leads Van Gisbergen and Davison

Winterbottom leads Van Gisbergen and Davison

Mark Winterbottom has completed a perfect Friday performance by winning Race 2 of the MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge at Albert Park.

The Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon driver took the lead from Shane van Gisbergen on the final lap when the Kiwi slid wide at Turn 5.

Van Gisbergen went on to finish second, 0.59s behind Winterbottom, and 3.11s ahead of Will Davison in the second FPR Falcon.

Davison led 11 of the 12 laps having been one of just six drivers to start on the soft tyre. Pitting at the end of the penultimate lap, the Trading Post Ford returned to the circuit in third position.

Garth Tander and Jamie Whincup rounded out the top five. The TeamVodafone driver took the lead from pole-sitter Winterbottom off the start, and headed 13 cars to the pitlane at the end of the opening lap. A slow stop however saw Whincup lose several positions, ultimately costing him any chance of the race win.

Whincup’s TeamVodafone team-mate Craig Lowndes also had a difficult race. Having started on the soft tyres, Lowndes ran second to Davison before pitting with a mechanical problem at the end of Lap 7.

Team Norton DJR Falcon driver James Moffat joined Lowndes on the retirements list three laps later when he was spun into the Turn 1 gravel trap by Jonathon Webb.

Tim Slade was also in the wars, spinning at the exit of Turn 3 amidst the opening lap shuffle. The Lucky 7 Falcon joined Jason Bright in undertaking the majority of the race on the hard tyres to eventually finish as the last of the runners in 26th.

The V8 Supercars will return to the Albert Park circuit for Race 3 at 1520 local time tomorrow.

CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s Race 1 report from earlier today

See below for the full Race 2 result

1 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 12 24:34.7788
2 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 12 24:35.3700
3 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 12 24:37.8987
4 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 12 24:40.3523
5 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 12 24:43.6956
6 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 12 24:47.6466
7 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 12 24:48.6237
8 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 12 24:53.9958
9 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 12 24:54.5971
10 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 12 25:01.7176
11 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 12 25:06.1686
12 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 12 25:06.2815
13 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 12 25:09.6755
14 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 12 25:11.8011
15 Tony D’Alberto Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 12 25:13.0273
16 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 12 25:13.1707
17 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 12 25:13.6656
18 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 12 25:14.0329
19 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 12 25:15.7309
20 V.I.P. Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 12 25:16.1391
21 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 12 25:17.4304
22 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 12 25:19.8215
23 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 12 25:21.1207
24 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 12 25:28.1737
25 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 12 25:44.0025
26 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 12 25:51.2480
DNF Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG  9 19:06.0683
DNF TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2  6 11:56.2416

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