V8SC | Whincup set to spoil Ford’s perfect weekend

2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Sydney Motorsport Park

Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde

V8 Supercars | Race 21 and 22

The news overnight was not good for James Courtney, who will be forced to sit out the rest of the weekend with fractured ribs and a pneumothorax (an air pocket between his lungs and ribs).

Jack Perkins (Courtney’s co-driver for the enduro’s) will take over the driving duties in the No. 22 Holden Racing Team Commodore while Courtney remains in hospital.

Qualifying Race 21

Overnight rain did it’s best to wash off the rubber from the Sydney Motorsport Park circuit, but by the time the first 10 minute qualifying session took place, the track was well and truly dry.

This would see all competitors use the Dunlop hard tyre option to set the grid for Race 21 later in the afternoon.

At the end of the session it was Ford’s Chaz Mostert (Pepsi Max Crew) who was fastest setting a time of 1:30.0837 in his Falcon to narrowly close out his teammate Mark Winterbottom.

Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia), looking to salvage his championship set a time that was good enough for third in his Holden Commodore.

Qualifying Race 22

With a short turn around, teams switched over to the Dunlop soft tyre for the second 10 minute qualifying session of the day. The faster rubber allowed Chaz Mostert to set a new lap record for a V8 Supercars at Sydney Motorsport Park, locking in a time of 1:28.9583 in his Ford Falcon.

Jamie Whincup continued to improve ending the session with the second fastest time. Fabian Coulthard (Freightliner Racing) made the most improvement ending the second session in third.

Race 21

In a change of form from previous rounds, Chaz Mostert (Pepsi Max Crew) made a cracking start from pole beating teammate Mark Winterbottom off the line and into turn 1 setting the tone for the rest of the 16 lap race.

Mostert would lead the race unchallenged, taking out the win over Winterbottom. The race behind for third place was hard fought between Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia) and David Reynolds (Bottle-O Racing). Whincup would hang on to take the final podium place for the race.

Race 22

The second sprint race, on the softer of the two Dunlop tyres, had a little more action at the start as Mostert struggled to get off the line and in the process was swapped by both Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia) and Fabian Coulthard (Freightliner Racing).

Further down the order, Jason Bright struck trouble on lap 7, spinning in front of the field. He was lucky not to be collected by the cars coming through and resumed the race at the back of the field.

Whincup held off challenges by Coulthard to maintain the lead, to take out the win. Coulthard finished second from Mostert who recovered to third.

Whincup’s win wasn’t trouble free however, mentioning in the post-race press conference that he had a drama with his engine towards the end of the race. “She sounded like a bit of a tractor, it was shocking, but obviously there was not much power loss”.

Championship Coverage

V8 Supercars action continues Sunday at Sydney Motorsport Park, with qualifying before the final 52 lap race of the weekend.

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