Coulthard denies Winterbottom in Symmons finale

Sunday 7th April, 2013 - 5:25pm


The Race 5 podium

The Race 5 podium

Fabian Coulthard made the most of a late Safety Car restart to steal the Race 5 victory from Mark Winterbottom at Symmons Plains.

Winterbottom had led away from pole and appeared to have Coulthard covered until the full course yellows flew with 10 laps to go.

The pause was triggered by a sickening accident for Scott Pye, who was lucky to walk away from a head-on impact with the Turn 2 exit wall after suffering a brake failure.

Coulthard dive-bombed Winterbottom at the Turn 4 hairpin with just three laps remaining, nudging the Pepsi Max FPR Falcon aside in the process.

Coulthard went on to take the win while Winterbottom limped to the line second with his left-front tyre flat following the contact.

James Courtney ran third for the entire journey to score his first podium of the year, while Jason Bright won a race long battle with Jamie Whincup on the final lap to take fourth.

Will Davison, Jonathon Webb, Scott McLaughlin, Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander completed the top 10.

Todd Kelly joined Pye on the retirements list after an engine problem with his Nissan.

The race featured two Safety Cars, with the first called to retrieve the rear diffuser of Tim Slade’s Mercedes on Lap 6 after it had fallen onto the circuit.

A miraculous effort from Ford Performance Racing saw David Reynolds return to action following his Race 4 accident.

The car finished just 24th however after a receiving a mechanical black flag to fix left-front mudguard damage while running 12th.

The V8 Supercars Championship will continue New Zealand next weekend for Races 6, 7, 8 and 9 at Pukekohe.

See below for the Race 5 result

1 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 42 42:20.8286
2 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 42 42:23.1961
3 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 42 42:23.6060
4 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 42 42:23.7901
5 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 42 42:24.0779
6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 42 42:24.3186
7 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 42 42:25.3339
8 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 42 42:25.4402
9 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 42 42:26.0002
10 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 42 42:26.2169
11 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 42 42:29.4286
12 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 42 42:29.4926
13 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 42 42:30.1010
14 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 42 42:30.5533
15 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 42 42:32.8063
16 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 42 42:33.2354
17 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 42 42:33.6640
18 Heavy Haulage Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 42 42:34.4020
19 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 42 42:34.7126
20 Wilson Security Racing Jonny Reid Ford Falcon FG 42 42:36.1759
21 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 42 42:37.6354
22 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 41 42:36.6877
23 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 41 42:36.9093
24 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 41 42:38.1085
25 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 41 43:00.4409
26 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 37 42:40.6712
DNF ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 32 29:35.4616
DNF Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 20 19:15.2506

See below for the updated championship standings after Race 5

1 Jamie Whincup 513
2 Will Davison 450
3 James Courtney 398
4 Craig Lowndes 397
5 Scott McLaughlin 366
6 Mark Winterbottom 357
7 Fabian Coulthard 334
8 Jonathon Webb 332
9 Shane Van Gisbergen 316
10 Garth Tander 314
11 Russell Ingall 290
12 Jason Bright 284
13 Tony D’Alberto 269
14 Rick Kelly 227
15 Alexandre Premat 218
16 James Moffat 216
17 Dean Fiore 215
18 Scott Pye 214
19 Lee Holdsworth 212
20 Alex Davison 199
21 David Wall 194
22 Tim Blanchard 191
23 Tim Slade 146
24 Michael Caruso 142
25 David Reynolds 109
26 Maro Engel  79
27 Jonny Reid  72
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