Mark Winterbottom wins Race 10 as title rivals collide

Will Davison and jamie Whincup collide at Phillip Island (PIC: John Morris)

Will Davison and Jamie Whincup collide at Phillip Island (PIC: John Morris)

Mark Winterbottom has secured his third victory of the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship in a crash-marred Race 10 at Phillip Island.

The Orrcon Steel Falcon driver now sits just 10 points behind series leader Jamie Whincup after the TeamVodafone pilot was taken out in a late-race incident with fellow title contender Will Davison.

Shane van Gisbergen survived the carnage to finish second, with Tim Slade, Garth Tander, Lee Holdsworth, Rick Kelly, Jonathon Webb, Jason Bright, Michael Patrizi and Steve Owen rounding out the top 10.

David Reynolds took the lead from pole-sitter Winterbottom off the start, and led until a fuel rig failure dropped The Bottle-O Racing Falcon out of contention.

Mark Winterbottom's Orrcon Steel Falcon

Mark Winterbottom's Orrcon Steel Falcon

Winterbottom found himself trailing Davison once the pitstop cycle was complete. The Tradingpost entry had gained time by staying out one lap longer than Winterbottom.

The positions were eventually reversed for good when Winterbottom pulled off an outside move at the fast Hayshed corner on Lap 19 of 32.

A late Safety Car for geese on the circuit then set-up a five-lap shootout to the finish, which would prove disastrous for both Davison and Whincup.

Davison held second from Van Gisbergen, Slade and Whincup when the race went green, but soon found himself at the back of the pack after coming off worst from a ferocious battle.

Contact with right-rear corner of Slade’s Falcon heading into the Coates Hire Hairpin (Turn 4) sent Davison shooting onto the wet grass, which eventually saw the Tradingpost Ford slide into the side of Whincup as the TeamVodafone Commodore rounded the corner.

Whincup was out on the spot, while Davison retired after limping his car back to the pits.

It was also a difficult day for Craig Lowndes, who salvaged 13th place after receiving a drive-through penalty midrace for knocking Jason Bright off the road at Turn 4. Lowndes had earlier broken his own lap record that had stood for 13 years.

Fabian Coulthard had an up and down day in the Lockwood Commodore. The Kiwi dropped down the order with power steering issues early in the race, but was able to recover to as high as 12th before an incident with Steve Owen on the final lap cost 10 places.

The first of the race’s two Safety Car interventions had come after an incident at MG Corner on the second lap that left Alexandre Premat’s Fujitsu Holden stranded on the circuit with heavy rear-end damage.

See below for Fox Sport’s race wrap.

See below for the full Race 10 result

1 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 32 55:50.2117
2 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 32 55:56.6011
3 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 32 55:58.7826
4 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 32 55:58.8813
5 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 32 55:59.1994
6 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 32 55:59.5815
7 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 32 56:00.8207
8 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 32 56:01.0360
9 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 32 56:01.5036
10 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 32 56:04.6353
11 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 32 56:05.1670
12 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 32 56:05.7651
13 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 32 56:05.9541
14 Team Hiflex Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 32 56:06.5840
15 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 32 56:07.8323
16 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 32 56:07.9875
17 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 32 56:08.4645
18 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 32 56:08.7102
19 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 32 56:10.0649
20 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 32 56:12.6382
21 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 32 56:19.2988
22 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 32 56:19.3377
23 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 31 56:14.0205
24 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 29 56:09.1013
DNF Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 28 49:33.0781
DNF TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 28 49:33.6198
DNF Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 10 19:05.3119
DNF Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2  1  1:47.6263

 See below for the updated championship standings

1 Jamie Whincup  1095
2 Mark Winterbottom  1085
3 Will Davison  1066
4 Lee Holdsworth   848
5 Craig Lowndes   845
6 Shane Van Gisbergen   833
7 Tim Slade   810
8 Garth Tander   738
9 Fabian Coulthard   733
10 Rick Kelly   673
11 Todd Kelly   576
12 Michael Caruso   552
13 Jason Bright   543
14 Steven Johnson   542
15 Russell Ingall   536
16 James Courtney   521
17 Michael Patrizi   510
18 Steve Owen   480
19 Dean Fiore   475
20 David Reynolds   456
21 Jonathon Webb   430
22 Tony D’Alberto   422
23 Taz Douglas   345
24 Karl Reindler   345
25 Alexandre Premat   330
26 David Wall   313
27 James Moffat   270
28 Greg Murphy   252
29 David Russell    42

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