Prodrive steamroller continues in V8 Race 2

Winterbottom made it two from two for Prodrive

Winterbottom made it two from two for Prodrive

Mark Winterbottom led Chaz Mostert to another one-two finish in Friday evening’s second race for the V8 Supercars at Albert Park.

In a repeat of the opening heat, Winterbottom controlled the rolling start and an early Safety Car restart to secure the win.

Mostert appeared to have a faster car for much of the going but never looked like launching an attack on his team-mate.

“It’s a strange day with three hours between races because the temperature dropped and the conditions were quite different,” said Winterbottom post-race.

“The team has worked really hard and they deserve these results.

“The car is doing what we want it to do which is the most important thing. Even if you’re finishing fifth and it’s making sense, that’s what you want. Winning is a bonus.

“Adelaide didn’t make sense to me in terms of the car, but minor changes are making a difference here and that’s when you really start making progress.”

The Safety Car was required on the opening lap to retrieve Dale Wood’s Holden, which spun backwards into the Turn 7 tyre wall after contact with Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo.

The resulting delay ensured that the race ran to its time cut-off, three laps short of its scheduled 12 lap distance.

Shane van Gisbergen proved best of the rest in third ahead of James Courtney and Jamie Whincup.

Rick Kelly scored sixth while Tim Slade took advantage of a late mistake from Fabian Coulthard to nab seventh.

The Holdens of Garth Tander and Craig Lowndes completed the top 10.

All 25 cars took the start after pre-race repairs to the Tim Blanchard Holden, Marcos Ambrose Ford and Ash Walsh Mercedes.

Walsh’s troubled day continued however with a black flag for loose bodywork ending any chance of a result.

The third V8 Supercars race of the weekend will get underway at 1520 tomorrow.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 2, Albert Park

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
21:53.99
01:58.09
2
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
21:54.47
01:58.16
3
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
21:55.65
01:58.21
4
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
21:56.71
01:58.20
5
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
21:57.55
01:58.44
6
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
21:58.99
01:58.56
7
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
22:02.03
01:58.92
8
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
22:02.74
01:58.81
9
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
22:03.22
01:58.96
10
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
22:04.17
01:58.96
11
Nissan Mororsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
22:05.37
01:58.89
12
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
22:05.94
01:58.93
13
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
22:06.16
01:58.97
14
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
22:06.86
01:59.07
15
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
22:07.33
01:59.07
16
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
22:07.59
01:58.99
17
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
22:07.82
01:58.95
18
DJR Team Penske
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG/X
22:09.88
01:59.33
19
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG
22:11.22
01:59.35
20
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
22:11.51
01:58.91
21
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
22:11.88
01:59.12
22
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Chris Pither
Volvo S60
22:13.70
01:59.60
23
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
22:15.19
01:59.80
24
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
23:15.19
01:59.93
DNF
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF

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