Fabian Coulthard wins Symmons Super Sprint

Coulthard, Whincup and Winterbottom on the podium

Coulthard, Whincup and Winterbottom on the podium

Fabian Coulthard has carried on his tremendous Albert Park form by recording a maiden V8 Supercars Championship race win in the Symmons Plains Super Sprint.

The Lockwood Holden driver started and finished the opening 60km leg second to Jamie Whincup, before diving underneath the Red Bull Holden on the second lap of Leg 2.

Coulthard’s victory was initially provisional with race officials investigating a report of a restart rule breach from the Kiwi. A post-race investigation found that no breach had been made.

The much hyped double-file restart was free of carnage at the front of the field, with only the Lucas Dumbrell Holden of Scott Pye finding trouble deep in the pack.

Coulthard had to survive a Safety Car restart with six laps to go and sprinkles of rain in the closing stages before taking the chequered flag.

Whincup crossed the line 1.1s adrift of Coulthard in second, later noting that he had made an unhelpful set-up change during the 15 minute service break between legs.

Whincup led the field away for the double-file restart

Whincup led the field away for the double-file restart

Mark Winterbottom pressed the defending champion to the line in third ahead of  Jason Bright, Garth Tander, Will Davison, Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin, James Courtney and Jonathon Webb.

Bright and Tander engaged in some panel rubbing during the opening leg, with Bright lucky not to sustain damage when contact on the back straight momentarily lifted his right-front wheel into the air.

Craig Lowndes was classified just 26th after a clash with Shane van Gisbergen on the opening lap of the first leg punctured a rear tyre on his Holden, sending him into a spin.

Lowndes’ issues, which also included a troublesome gearbox, have allowed team-mate Whincup to take the points lead after three races, with Will Davison moving to second.

Todd Kelly failed to take the start of Leg 2 after a power steering failure while Maro Engel was also a DNF, causing the late Safety Car with an off at Turn 4.

Engel’s Erebus team-mate Lee Holdsworth was also in the wars, spinning at Turn 2 after a tap from James Moffat in the Lowndes-induced melee. The IRWIN Mercedes eventually finished 23rd, with the incident to be investigated after the race.

Two 100km races will complete the Symmons Plains event tomorrow.

See below for the full Race 3 result

1 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:41.5215
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:42.6596
3 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 50 01:17:42.8240
4 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:43.5110
5 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:43.7670
6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 50 01:17:44.0748
7 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:45.8019
8 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:46.2789
9 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:46.4820
10 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:48.0333
11 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:48.3817
12 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:48.9433
13 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 50 01:17:49.9783
14 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 50 01:17:50.2204
15 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:51.8219
16 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 50 01:17:52.3613
17 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 50 01:17:53.2025
18 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:53.9475
19 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 50 01:17:54.8172
20 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 50 01:17:55.0574
21 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 50 01:17:55.5978
22 Heavy Haulage Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 50 01:17:55.7129
23 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 50 01:17:55.9529
24 Wilson Security Racing Jonny Reid Ford Falcon FG 50 01:17:57.2901
25 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 50 01:18:01.1573
26 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 49 01:17:59.1359
DNF SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 41 01:09:19.4037
DNF Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 25    54:55.6893

See below for the updated championship standings

1 Jamie Whincup 359
2 Will Davison 308
3 Craig Lowndes 297
4 James Courtney 248
5 Scott McLaughlin 246
6 Russell Ingall 238
7 Jonathon Webb 220
8 Shane Van Gisbergen 214
9 Tony D’Alberto 205
10 Mark Winterbottom 197
11 Scott Pye 172
12 Garth Tander 170
13 Rick Kelly 165
14 David Wall 162
15 James Moffat 161
16 Fabian Coulthard 148
17 Alexandre Premat 148
18 Tim Blanchard 147
19 Lee Holdsworth 132
20 Dean Fiore 131
21 Alex Davison 128
22 Jason Bright 104
23 David Reynolds  87
24 Tim Slade  86
25 Michael Caruso  74
26 Maro Engel  33
27 Jonny Reid  22
28 Todd Kelly   0

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