Courtney fends off Whincup in Race 2 thriller

Saturday 5th March, 2016 - 5:58pm

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James Courtney

James Courtney

James Courtney has held off Jamie Whincup to take a memorable victory for the Holden Racing Team in the second 125km sprint at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

Courtney shot from fourth on the grid to second at the first corner, trailing pole-sitter Chaz Mostert.

Mostert led the way through the compulsory stops until Courtney made a decisive move at Turn 9 on lap 21 of 39.

Whincup followed his Holden rival through on Mostert to second, applying heavy pressure to the 2010 champion for the remainder.

Courtney proved unflappable, however, eventually taking the flag 0.6s ahead to score his third Adelaide race win in three years.

“It was an amazing battle and shows why he’s such a champion,” said Courtney.

“To go wheel-to-wheel with him basically all day is fantastic.

“He probably had a better car than what we had at the end and we had to fight really hard to hold him off.”

Whincup congratulated his rival on the victory after the race.

“JC deserved that, it was a good battle,” said Whincup.

“Our race was all about the start where we bogged down and didn’t get off the line.”

Mostert and Scott McLaughlin drove solidly to third and fourth respectively in another test of endurance for the drivers in sweltering conditions.

Shane van Gisbergen started and finished fifth, recovering the place after dropping to ninth with a slow pitstop.

Michael Caruso, Scott Pye, Jason Bright, Will Davison and Craig Lowndes completed the top 10 following a race filled with robust mid-field battles.

Two Safety Cars punctuated the 125km, with the first called on just the second lap due to a heavy crash for Chris Pither at Turn 8.

Pither glanced the outside wall with his Super Black Ford before making heavy contact with the right-side, ruling the car out of the weekend.

The second followed a collision in the Senna Chicane that saw Tim Blanchard clout the back of Garth Tander, who was returning to the track following a lengthy pitstop.

Result: V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 Race 2

1 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 39    59:37.1268
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 39    59:37.7578
3 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 39    59:39.6522
4 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 39    59:40.3114
5 Red Bull Racing Australia Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 39    59:43.4202
6 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 39    59:49.8366
7 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 39    59:53.5718
8 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 39    59:54.2591
9 Team Darrell Lea STIX Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 39    59:55.8689
10 Team Vortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 39    59:57.6689
11 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 39    59:58.6575
12 Prodrive Racing Australia Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 39    59:59.4205
13 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 39 01:00:01.0649
14 DJR Team Penske Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 39 01:00:02.1305
15 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Volvo S60 39 01:00:03.8610
16 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 39 01:00:04.1923
17 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 39 01:00:04.9322
18 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Nissan Altima 39 01:00:06.0382
19 Erebus Motorsport Penrite David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 39 01:00:06.9123
20 LD Motorsports Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 39 01:00:08.4106
21 Preston Hire Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 39 01:00:09.4383
22 Plus Fitness Racing Aaren Russell Holden Commodore VF 39 01:00:13.9262
23 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 35 01:00:16.7186
24 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 33 01:00:30.0601
DNF Superblack Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X  1     1:38.3859
DNF LD Motorsports Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF

V8 Supercars Championship standings

1
James Courtney
144
2
Jamie Whincup
144
3
Scott McLaughlin
120
4
Shane Van Gisbergen
119
5
Chaz Mostert
92
6
Craig Lowndes
87
7
Michael Caruso
84
8
Scott Pye
82
9
Mark Winterbottom
81
10
Todd Kelly
79
11
Will Davison
78
12
Rick Kelly
75
13
Garth Tander
73
14
Fabian Coulthard
70
15
Jason Bright
69
16
Cameron Waters
64
17
James Moffat
57
18
David Reynolds
55
19
Dale Wood
47
20
Andre Heimgartner
41
21
Lee Holdsworth
39
22
Tim Blanchard
32
23
Tim Slade
27
24
Chris Pither
25
25
Nick Percat
21
26
Aaren Russell
9

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