Courtney wins as disaster strikes Winterbottom

James Courtney took his second win of the season

James Courtney took his second win of the season

James Courtney scored his second race win of the season in a finale to the Coates Hire Ipswich 400 that saw Jamie Whincup take the championship lead.

Courtney ended up a comfortable six-second winner over Craig Lowndes after a 200km race that ran green for its duration.

The true order was clouded for the most part by fuel strategy as teams spread the 120 litre compulsory fuel drop over their two stops.

Courtney ran second to pole-sitter James Moffat in the early laps before shadowing Craig Lowndes in the middle phase of the race.

Once the second pitstop cycle shook-out, Courtney held a 4s lead over Lowndes and, with fresher tyres, went unchallenged for the duration.

Starting ninth, Lowndes’ aggressive strategy saw him take his first stop at the end of the second lap; a move which vaulted him to the front by one-third distance.

Chaz Mostert secured his second podium in two days with third, staving off a late challenge from Moffat.

The Nissan driver had dropped from first to 10th when taking a large proportion of his fuel drop in the opening round of stops.

The second stops vaulted Moffat back up to fourth, but an off while challenging Mostert on the final lap allowed an impressive Scott Pye to take the position.

Pye had run a long first stint from 12th on the grid, allowing the Dick Johnson Racing Ford to make progress on fresher tyres during the middle portion of the race.

Jamie Whincup finished sixth and assumes the championship lead after Mark Winterbottom suffered a left-rear puncture early in his third stint.

Running directly behind Whincup at the time of the problem, the Ford Performance Racing star eventually finished 22nd and now sits 15 behind his rival in the points standings.

Scott McLaughlin also struck mid-race tyre trouble and finished down in 19th.

The Volvo had been running what was thought to be a net second when his left-front went on the back straight.

The championship continues at Sydney Motorsport Park on August 21-22.

Result: Race 25

1 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 65 01:18:18.06
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 65 01:18:23.64
3 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 65 01:18:26.01
4 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 65 01:18:30.00
5 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 65 01:18:32.40
6 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 65 01:18:32.95
7 Walkinshaw Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 65 01:18:36.78
8 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 65 01:18:36.95
9 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 65 01:18:38.21
10 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 65 01:18:45.83
11 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 65 01:18:48.00
12 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 65 01:18:54.38
13 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 65 01:18:55.84
14 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 65 01:18:58.47
15 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 65 01:18:58.79
16 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 65 01:19:01.13
17 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 65 01:19:03.28
18 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 65 01:19:03.67
19 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 65 01:19:04.60
20 Team Advam/GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 65 01:19:07.17
21 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 65 01:19:09.05
22 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 65 01:19:21.44
23 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 65 01:19:21.87
24 Team JELD-WEN Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 65 01:19:23.71
25 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 64 01:18:34.72

Updated championship points after Race 25

1 Jamie Whincup 1790
2 Mark Winterbottom 1775
3 Craig Lowndes 1628
4 James Courtney 1598
5 Fabian Coulthard 1535
6 Shane Van Gisbergen 1532
7 Scott McLaughlin 1347
8 Chaz Mostert 1322
9 Garth Tander 1309
10 David Reynolds 1201
11 Jason Bright 1125
12 Michael Caruso 1059
13 Scott Pye 1058
14 Will Davison 1043
15 James Moffat 1017
16 Rick Kelly 1005
17 Lee Holdsworth 982
18 Nick Percat 968
19 Russell Ingall 963
20 Tim Slade 936
21 David Wall 855
22 Dale Wood 731
23 Jack Perkins 679
24 Todd Kelly 662
25 Robert Dahlgren 531



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