Coulthard wins chaotic second race in Adelaide

Saturday 28th February, 2015 - 6:18pm

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Fabian Coulthard scored victory in Race 2

Fabian Coulthard scored victory in Race 2

Fabian Coulthard scored a surprise victory in an action packed second race at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

Race 1 winner Jamie Whincup looked set for a double success before handing Coulthard the ascendancy by running wide at Turn 9 with 15 of the 39 laps to run.

Whincup had been battling a deflating left-rear tyre which eventually punctured heading into Turn 8, requiring a miraculous save from the six-time champion to keep the car off the wall.

James Courtney overtook Craig Lowndes and Whincup to emerge as Coulthard’s only threat in the closing stages, but could not make inroads on the Kiwi’s three second lead.

Scott McLaughlin finished third on the road but dropped to ninth in the final results thanks to a 10 second post-race penalty.

Starting second, the Volvo driver had taken the lead off the start, but was soon handed a 10 second addition to his pitstop for jumping the start.

That penalty was eventually served illegally under Safety Car, which earned the driver a second penalty.

McLaughlin had appeared fortunate, however, not to have received a mechanical black flag as his car – which received a rapid engine change between heats – burnt oil throughout the race.

Lowndes was elevated to the final podium spot ahead of Garth Tander, Jason Bright, Rick Kelly, James Moffat and Ashley Walsh.

The gradually slowing Whincup had created a frantic few laps as those behind scrambled for positions.

Moments after taking Lowndes for fourth, Shane van Gisbergen was turned around in the pack by Tim Slade, who had been diving to the inside of the Red Bull Holden into Turn 9.

Van Gisbergen eventually finished 13th, while Slade joined the retirements list after his Holden took left-front damage.

Michael Caruso brought out the race’s single Safety Car on lap 19 when damage from an earlier hit on David Reynolds caused a puncture and subsequent crash at Turn 8.

Chaz Mostert clouted the Turn 8 wall in the early stages, while Will Davison failed to complete the warm-up lap due to a clutch failure.

The V8 Supercars will return to the circuit for Race 3 qualifying at 1055 on Sunday.

VIDEO: Clipsal 500 Adelaide Race 2 highlights

Result: V8 Supercars Race 2, Clipsal 500 Adelaide

1
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
39
59:05.68
2
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
39
59:07.64
3
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
39
59:14.54
4
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
39
59:15.69
5
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
39
59:20.68
6
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
39
59:21.36
7
Nissan Mororsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
39
59:22.10
8
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
39
59:23.38
9
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
39
59:23.89
10
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
39
59:23.97
11
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
39
59:24.46
12
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
39
59:24.86
13
Team TEKNO Darrell Lea
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
39
59:25.69
14
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
39
59:26.13
15
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
39
59:28.32
16
DJR Team Penske
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG/X
39
59:29.79
17
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG
39
59:30.91
18
Team GB Galvanizing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
39
59:32.08
19
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
39
59:32.89
20
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG
39
59:33.25
21
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
39
00:01.25
DNF
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
25
39:55.78
DNF
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
16
22:45.19
DNF
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
3
04:20.57
DNF
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG

V8 Supercars Championship standings after Race 2

1
Fabian Coulthard
139
2
Craig Lowndes
124
3
James Courtney
108
4
Garth Tander
108
5
Jamie Whincup
96
6
Mark Winterbottom
91
7
Jason Bright
89
8
Shane Van Gisbergen
84
9
James Moffat
84
10
Lee Holdsworth
81
11
Rick Kelly
81
12
Chaz Mostert
69
13
Ashley Walsh
67
14
Todd Kelly
65
15
David Reynolds
60
16
David Wall
57
17
Marcos Ambrose
56
18
Nick Percat
56
19
Tim Blanchard
48
20
Tim Slade
45
21
Dale Wood
44
22
Scott McLaughlin
42
23
Andre Heimgartner
40
24
Michael Caruso
21
25
Will Davison
0

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