Moffat leads Nissan one-two at Winton

Saturday 24th August, 2013 - 5:16pm


Moffat and Caruso embrace post-race

Moffat and Caruso embrace post-race

James Moffat survived a late-race scare to take maiden wins for himself and Nissan Motorsport in the V8 Supercars Championship at Winton.

The son of four-time Australian Touring Car Champion Allan Moffat took the lead from team-mate Michael Caruso at the double-file rolling restart, where the outside lane proved the place to be.

Moffat then controlled the race until the gap over Caruso closed from 0.8s to just 0.3s with six laps to go after he ran wide at Turn 10.

Moffat was able to steady the ship, however, eventually taking the flag 0.8s ahead to become the 11th different race winner of the season.

Pole-sitter Jamie Whincup had led the first leg of the race until a driveline failure forced him to pull off the circuit on Lap 10.

Jason Bright took third having moved his way through from seventh on the grid to fourth by the completion of the opening leg,

Rounding up Mark Winterbottom on the restart, the Team BOC Holden looked a threat to the Nissans early in the second set of 20 laps before eventually falling more than five seconds adrift of Moffat.

Winterbottom, James Courtney, Will Davison, Fabian Coulthard, Garth Tander, Russell Ingall and David Reynolds completed the top 10.

Much of the race’s action occurred around sixth-placed qualifier Shane van Gisbergen, who struggled for pace in both heats. The Kiwi eventually finished 13th.

Awkwardly for Nissan and V8 Supercars, today’s landmark result has come on a weekend where the two Norton cars, and the Erebus Mercedes of Maro Engel, are trialling a revised blend fuel in the lead-up to the endurance races.

See below for the Race 25 result 

1 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 40 01:22:06.51
2 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 40 01:22:07.32
3 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:12.00
4 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 40 01:22:12.64
5 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:12.90
6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 40 01:22:17.54
7 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:20.34
8 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:24.53
9 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:24.86
10 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 40 01:22:26.57
11 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:29.46
12 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:31.70
13 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:32.63
14 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 40 01:22:33.36
15 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 40 01:22:34.59
16 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 40 01:22:35.33
17 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:35.41
18 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 40 01:22:35.60
19 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:38.07
20 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:38.61
21 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:39.00
22 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 40 01:22:39.15
23 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:41.54
24 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 40 01:22:41.73
25 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 40 01:22:41.91
26 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 40 01:22:42.09
27 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 40 01:22:42.62
DNF Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 9 53:56.08

See below for the updated championship standings after Race 25 of 36

1 Jamie Whincup 1803
2 Craig Lowndes 1702
3 Will Davison 1660
4 Mark Winterbottom 1641
5 Jason Bright 1557
6 Fabian Coulthard 1557
7 James Courtney 1501
8 Garth Tander 1498
9 Shane Van Gisbergen 1484
10 Jonathon Webb 1234
11 Scott McLaughlin 1220
12 David Reynolds 1090
13 Rick Kelly 1075
14 James Moffat 1047
15 Alex Davison 1000
16 Tony D’Alberto 907
17 Alexandre Premat 851
18 Russell Ingall 839
19 Michael Caruso 809
20 Chaz Mostert 762
21 Tim Slade 749
22 Dean Fiore 744
23 David Wall 699
24 Todd Kelly 647
25 Tim Blanchard 619
26 Scott Pye 609
27 Lee Holdsworth 575
28 Maro Engel 508
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