Reynolds takes maiden V8 Supercars win

Sunday 27th October, 2013 - 5:10pm

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Reynolds takes the flag to score his maiden victory

Reynolds takes the flag to score his maiden victory

David Reynolds profited from late misfortune for James Courtney to take a breakthrough maiden V8 Supercars race victory in the Sunday finale at Surfers Paradise.

Reynolds, in his 122nd start, was left to cruise to victory after leader Courtney suffered a steering failure with 15 laps remaining.

The Reynolds/Dean Canto and Courtney/Greg Murphy cars had been the leading duo for much of the race, with Murphy overtaking Canto before handing over to the primary drivers.

Fabian Coulthard brought the Lockwood Holden home in second ahead of Russell Ingall, Jamie Whincup, Lee Holdsworth, Rick Kelly, Garth Tander, Craig Lowndes, Will Davison and Michael Caruso.

The results see Lowndes and co-driver Warren Luff win the inaugural Pirtek Enduro Cup, while Lowndes now holds a reduced six point lead in the championship standings.

Pole-sitter Reynolds and fifth-placed qualifier Courtney had been two of just five primary drivers to start the race, subsequently handing over to their co-drivers under a Lap 21 Safety Car.

That first yellow saw the field splinter into two distinct pit strategies; with Red Bull among several teams electing not to pit until the mandatory co-driver minimum was reached on Lap 34.

The strategies abruptly converged on Lap 54 when a second Safety Car appeared just as the final stops had begun.

Courtney led Reynolds, Ingall, Coulthard and Whincup at the restart, and appeared to have the field’s measure until the HRT Commodore’s steering could take no more of the circuit’s harsh kerbing.

Coulthard muscled his way around Ingall as Courtney’s drama unfolded, closing marginally on the leader in the final laps to cross the line just over a second adrift.

Seven seconds covered second through 11th at the flag. Among the pack was Craig Lowndes, who had taken the restart just 16th after being forced to double-stack behind Whincup’s car in the pits.

One man not part of the late battle was Mark Winterbottom, whose FPR Falcon lost two laps early with damaged rear suspension.

James Moffat, whose car had started on the front-row in the hands of Taz Douglas, appeared set for a sixth placed finish until a mistake saw his Altima’s front-right corner destroyed.

Team-mate David Russell had a much earlier shower after an engine failure, while the Van Gisbergen/Bleekemolen and Pye/Morris Holdens were also on the retirements list after a collision.

Van Gisbergen had found himself an innocent party in the clash; running into the rear of Pye’s Holden after the first-year driver understeered into the tyres at Turn 3

That incident caused the second Safety Car, with the first having been the result of more electrical problems for Scott McLaughlin.

The V8 Supercars Championship continues at Phillip Island on November 22-24.

See below for the full Race 31 result

1 The Bottle-O FPR Ford D.Reynolds/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG 102 02:09:31.08
2 Lockwood Racing F.Coulthard/L.Youlden Holden Commodore VF 102 02:09:32.27
3 Supercheap Auto Racing R.Ingall/R.Briscoe Holden Commodore VF 102 02:09:32.88
4 Red Bull Racing Australia J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 102 02:09:33.57
5 Irwin Racing L.Holdsworth/C.Baird Mercedes E63 AMG 102 02:09:34.00
6 Jack Daniel’s Racing R.Kelly/K.Reindler Nissan Altima 102 02:09:34.56
7 Holden Racing Team G.Tander/N.Percat Holden Commodore VF 102 02:09:34.87
8 Red Bull Racing Australia C.Lowndes/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 102 02:09:35.50
9 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford W.Davison/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG 102 02:09:37.17
10 Norton Hornets M.Caruso/D.Gaunt Nissan Altima 102 02:09:37.81
11 Wilson Security Racing C.Mostert/D.Wood Ford Falcon FG 102 02:09:39.21
12 Wilson Security Racing D.Wall/C.Pither Holden Commodore VF 102 02:09:56.63
13 Jeld-wen FPR Ford A.Davison/J.McIntyre Ford Falcon FG 102 02:09:56.94
14 Fujitsu Racing GRM A.Premat/G.Ritter Holden Commodore VF 102 02:10:06.63
15 Team BOC J.Bright/A.Jones Holden Commodore VF 102 02:10:14.68
16 Wilson Security Racing T.Blanchard/A.Walsh Ford Falcon FG 102 02:10:15.82
17 TEKNO Team Darrell Lea J.Webb/M.Lieb Holden Commodore VF 102 02:10:35.09
18 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford M.Winterbottom/S.Richards Ford Falcon FG 101 02:10:32.00
19 Dodo Insurance Racing D.Fiore/M.Halliday Holden Commodore VF 101 02:10:35.98
20 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing T.Slade/D.Brabham Mercedes E63 AMG 99 02:10:16.16
21 Team HIFLEX T.D’Alberto/J.Reid Holden Commodore VF 99 02:10:26.36
22 SP Tools Racing M.Engel/S.Johnson Mercedes E63 AMG 97 02:09:45.62
23 Fujitsu Racing GRM S.McLaughlin/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 92 02:10:36.82
DNF Norton Hornets J.Moffat/T.Douglas Nissan Altima 88 01:53:35.50
DNF Holden Racing Team J.Courtney/G.Murphy Holden Commodore VF 86 01:50:58.74
DNF Hogs Breath Cafe Racing S.Pye/P.Morris Holden Commodore VF 64 01:22:40.21
DNF TEKNO Team VIP Petfoods S.Van Gisbergen/J.Bleekemolen Holden Commodore VF 63 01:19:04.97
DNF Jack Daniel’s Racing David Russell Nissan Altima 27 34:46.01

 See below for the updated points standings

1 Craig Lowndes 2549
2 Jamie Whincup 2543
3 Mark Winterbottom 2461
4 Will Davison 2428
5 Fabian Coulthard 2153
6 Garth Tander 2067
7 Shane Van Gisbergen 2052
8 Jason Bright 1997
9 James Courtney 1909
10 Scott McLaughlin 1753
11 David Reynolds 1738
12 Jonathon Webb 1659
13 Rick Kelly 1485
14 Alex Davison 1443
15 Russell Ingall 1355
16 Tony D’Alberto 1315
17 James Moffat 1311
18 Chaz Mostert 1258
19 Alexandre Premat 1253
20 Lee Holdsworth 1181
21 David Wall 1124
22 Tim Slade 1064
23 Michael Caruso 1037
24 Dean Fiore 1027
25 Tim Blanchard 928
26 Scott Pye 919
27 Todd Kelly 887
28 Maro Engel 807
29 Warren Luff 774
30 Paul Dumbrell 696
31 Steven Richards 684
32 Steve Owen 636
33 Craig Baird 546
34 Dean Canto 516
35 Ryan Briscoe 516
36 Nick Percat 465
37 Jonny Reid 449
38 Luke Youlden 444
39 Jack Perkins 435
40 Jeroen Bleekemolen 420
41 Marc Lieb 402
42 Karl Reindler 384
43 Dale Wood 366
44 John McIntyre 363
45 Greg Ritter 354
46 Andrew Jones 348
47 Chris Pither 339
48 Paul Morris 270
49 Steven Johnson 231
50 Daniel Gaunt 228
51 Ashley Walsh 225
52 Greg Murphy 222
53 Matthew Halliday 207
54 David Russell 198
55 Mattias Ekstrom 156
56 Andy Priaulx 156
57 Taz Douglas 156
58 Andrew Thompson 138
59 David Brabham 105 

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