Winterbottom holds out Kelly for Race 11 win

Saturday 16th May, 2015 - 5:09pm

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Winterbottom leads Kelly early in Race 11

Winterbottom leads Kelly early in Race 11

Mark Winterbottom fended off a determined Rick Kelly to continue Prodrive’s winning form at the NP300 Navara Winton Super Sprint.

As expected, the result was largely settled off the start, where Winterbottom and Kelly out-dragged pole-sitter Chaz Mostert to Turn 1.

Kelly hounded Winterbottom for much of the 20 lap journey, eventually finishing 0.8s adrift in second.

“We tried to save tyres then so we have tyres for tomorrow,” said Winterbottom afterward, with both Prodrive entries running just two new tyres in the second heat.

“The car was really good. The guys had worked really hard on it and thankfully I can get off the line pretty well, which saved me a bit.”

Mostert was meanwhile left to hold out Prodrive stablemate David Reynolds for third as he also juggled tyres in order to position himself for Sunday.

“We did some different tyre strategies,” admitted Mostert. “We thought we were going to go backwards a lot further than that.”

Shane van Gisbergen beat home Jamie Whincup in fifth after finding a way by the Red Bull Holden into Turn 3 on the second lap.

There had earlier been disaster for Walkinshaw Racing at the first corner as James Courtney, starting 13th, out-braked himself and clattered into teammate Garth Tander.

Tander spun into the infield and was out on the spot while Courtney served a drive-through and, after pitting again to save his tyres, limped home at the back of the field on a set of wets.

Fellow Walkinshaw driver Lee Holdsworth also took damage in the melee and retired to the pits at the end of the opening lap.

Andre Heimgartner too struck opening lap drama, spinning wildly on the run to Turn 3 after being tagged by Ash Walsh.

The Super Black Falcon went on to finish 20th, ahead of Fabian Coulthard, who appeared to be saving tyres after a disastrous qualifying, and James Moffat, who was turned around mid-race by Jason Bright.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 11, Winton

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
28:38.32
01:25.20
2
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
28:39.15
01:25.27
3
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
28:40.93
01:25.20
4
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
28:41.29
1:25.1285*
5
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
28:42.81
01:25.29
6
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
28:43.16
01:25.33
7
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
28:46.26
01:25.60
8
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
28:47.16
01:25.58
9
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
28:49.65
01:25.39
10
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
28:50.13
01:25.44
11
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
28:50.54
01:25.55
12
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
28:53.30
01:25.54
13
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
28:53.55
01:25.52
14
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
28:54.82
01:25.76
15
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
29:00.47
01:25.86
16
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
29:02.05
01:26.16
17
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
29:06.69
01:26.34
18
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
29:07.30
01:26.44
19
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
29:07.70
01:26.26
20
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG/X
29:08.21
01:25.66
21
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
29:12.32
01:26.60
22
Nissan Motorsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
29:50.81
01:25.64
23
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
29:51.81
01:26.23
DNF
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
DNF
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF

V8 Supercars Championship after Race 11

1
Craig Lowndes
796
2
Mark Winterbottom
787
3
Jamie Whincup
723
4
James Courtney
714
5
Fabian Coulthard
713
6
Shane Van Gisbergen
695
7
Chaz Mostert
684
8
Garth Tander
623
9
David Reynolds
606
10
Rick Kelly
548
11
Jason Bright
496
12
Todd Kelly
482
13
Will Davison
480
14
Nick Percat
422
15
James Moffat
378
16
Michael Caruso
376
17
Scott McLaughlin
375
18
Dale Wood
374
19
Tim Slade
371
20
Tim Blanchard
344
21
Lee Holdsworth
334
22
Andre Heimgartner
316
23
David Wall
282
24
Ashley Walsh
243
25
Scott Pye
173
26
Marcos Ambrose
125

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