Reynolds hangs on for Hidden Valley victory

Dave Reynolds leads Chaz Mostert on his way to victory in Race 15

Dave Reynolds leads Chaz Mostert on his way to victory in Race 15

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Reynolds celebrates victory by drinking champagne from his race boot

David Reynolds fended off Prodrive stablemate Chaz Mostert to score a long awaited second career victory in the final race of the weekend at Hidden Valley.

Pole-sitter Reynolds lost the lead to fellow front-row starter Fabian Coulthard on the run to the first corner, but found himself back in front when the Holden driver ran wide on lap 12.

Dropping to third, Coulthard would never truly recover from the Turn 5 fumble, going on to fill the final podium spot behind the two Fords.

Typically for a 200km Sunday race with both compounds of tyres in use, the race – which was devoid of Safety Car interruptions – was a strategic battle from the outset.

The bulk of the field ran a soft-hard-soft strategy, although stint lengths varied greatly throughout the field.

The Bottle-O Ford spent just 11 of the 70 laps on the hards in the middle of the race before a puncture led to an early switch back to the softs.

With 25 laps to go the strategies had shaken out with Reynolds leading Mostert, Craig Lowndes and Coulthard.

Reynolds’ advantage was less than a second, however, after an off at Turn 5 that saw the Ford rejoin at Turn 7 and subsequently slow so that the shortcut went without penalty.

The leader proved able to hang on despite his soft tyres being 10 laps older than those on the chasing Mostert and Coulthard cars.

Shane van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom ran similar strategies to those ahead on the way to fourth and fifth respectively.

Nick Percat, James Courtney, Jason Bright, Tim Slade and Dale Wood rounded out the top 10 while McLaughlin, on a hard-soft-soft strategy, came home 11th.

Red Bull went aggressive on set-up with both cars and found the limit of the soft rubber in the process.

Whincup completed his first three stints on his set of softs before a deflating tyre eventually saw a third stop – this time for hards – on lap 46. He finished 22nd

Team-mate Lowndes’ soft-hard-soft strategy meanwhile took a late twist when he pitted with a tyre problem on lap 52, requiring a move back to the hards for the end.

The Saturday hero had been third when he pitted but took the flag just 15th.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 15, Hidden Valley

1 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 70 01:20:42.3270
2 Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 70 01:20:43.1982
3 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 70 01:20:43.7442
4 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 70 01:20:51.9526
5 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 70 01:20:55.4968
6 Repair Management Aust Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 70 01:20:57.9840
7 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 70 01:21:03.9171
8 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 70 01:21:05.7630
9 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 70 01:21:11.5109
10 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 70 01:21:14.6245
11 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 70 01:21:16.5476
12 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 70 01:21:17.3053
13 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 70 01:21:20.9974
14 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 70 01:21:22.1237
15 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 70 01:21:29.4037
16 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 70 01:21:29.8794
17 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 70 01:21:33.1777
18 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 70 01:21:36.1589
19 Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG/X 70 01:21:36.3487
20 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 70 01:21:50.2851
21 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 70 01:21:55.7642
22 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 69 01:20:46.5812
23 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 69 01:20:54.5087
24 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 69 01:20:55.0617
DNF Erebus Motorsport V8 Ashley Walsh Mercedes E63 AMG 33    39:06.0181

V8 Supercars Championship Standings 

Position Driver Points
1  Mark Winterbottom 1165
2  Craig Lowndes 1070
3  Fabian Coulthard 1010
4  Chaz Mostert  991
5  Shane Van Gisbergen  940
6  James Courtney  935
7  David Reynolds  925
8  Jamie Whincup  879
9  Garth Tander  870
10  Rick Kelly  771
11  Todd Kelly  678
12  Tim Slade  635
13  Jason Bright  634
14  Michael Caruso  624
15  Nick Percat  623
16  Will Davison  601
17  James Moffat  585
18  Scott McLaughlin  573
19  Dale Wood  543
20  Lee Holdsworth  503
21  Tim Blanchard  452
22  David Wall  435
23  Scott Pye  431
24  Andre Heimgartner  422
25  Ashley Walsh  325
26  Marcos Ambrose  125

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