V8SC | Reynolds not happy but its smiles all around at Red Bull

2015 V8 Supercars Championship | WD40 Phillip Island

Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde

V8 Supercars | WD40 Phillip Island – Saturday

WD40 Phillip Island SuperSprint Saturday

Another day of changeable weather greeted fans and teams as they took to the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit for the second day of action.

Overnight, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s Nick Percat deemed himself unfit to drive this weekend due to medical complications with this foot. As a result Lucas called in his brother and Dunlop Series driver Paul Dumbrell to rush down to the track this morning to fill the spot for Percat.

The morning practice and qualifying sessions for Dumbrell were limited by V8 Supercars officials ensuring that the paperwork was submitted correctly for his late entry.

Qualifying Race 31

Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia) took advantage of the start of the first 10 minute qualifying session, setting a time of 1:31.0854 on his opening run that couldn’t be beaten. Scott McLaughlin (Wilson Security Racing) managed to sneak in a decent time with a 1:31.1757 in the final seconds of the session to claim the other spot on the front row.

Championship contenders Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia) and David Reynolds (Bottle-O Racing) started Race 31 from the second row of the grid with Championship leader Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew) starting directly behind on the pair on the third row.

Qualifying Race 32

Scott McLaughlin managed to flip the front row for Race 32, topping the second qualifying session with a 1:30.7531 to beat Jamie Whincup’s 1:30.8429.

Again the second and third rows would be made up of Lowndes alongside Winterbottom with Reynolds behind.

With only there qualifying sessions left to the end of the year, Chaz Mostert’s number of pole positions for the year can’t be beaten and as a result, the injured Mostert to the Amour All Pole Position award for the year.

Images by Rhys Vandersyde

Race 31

The smiles were all in the Red Bull Racing Australia camp with Craig Lowndes giving his championship hopes a massive favour by winning the opening 14 lap race.

Launching from the second row of the grid, Lowndes flew past teammate Whincup and Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin (Wilson Security Racing) in the opening corners of the race, to settle into a lead where he wouldn’t be challenged. Further behind, Whincup crossed the line in second helping Lowndes to find off his championship challengers.

McLaughlin held steady to take third place while behind, there was plenty of action with Shane Van Gisbergen (Team Darrell Lea) ruining David Reynolds (Bottle-O Racing) championship aspirations by spinning his Ford on the second lap of the race which pushed Reynolds to the back of the pack to finish in last place.

Winterbottom crossed the line in seventh place to gain value points as he tried to keep Lowndes at a safe distance in the Championship.

Race 32

Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia) used a fast start for the second race of the day to launch past Scott McLaughlin (Wilson Security Racing) to take out the win. McLaughlin would hold off a late charge from Craig Lowndes (Red Bull Racing Australia) to claim second.

Behind there was plenty of close racing although not many positional changes, with Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew) and David Reynolds (Bottle-O Racing) finishing fourth and fifth respectively to keep the championship points close.

In the post-race press conference, Whincup confirmed that the start would dictate the result. “It was all about getting off the line,”

“It was a good drag race with Scotty. I knew he was there, but you can’t see a thing so I just tipped it into Turn 1 and happy days. It’s win or bust really.”

V8 Supercars action continues tomorrow with another qualifying session before Race 33 of the Championship.

Keep tuned into MyDrive for updates throughout the WD40 Phillip Island SuperSprint.

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