Winterbottom takes the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship title

2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Coates Hire Sydney 500

Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde

V8 Supercars | Coates Hire Sydney 500 Saturday

The sun was shinning on the final day of V8 Supercars Championship for 2015 with the final 250 kilometre race around Sydney’s Olympic Park a mere formality before Prodrive Racing Australia’s Mark Winterbottom could take home his maiden V8 Supercars title.

The day would feature one last 20 minute qualifying session before a Top 10 Shootout to determine the grid for Race 36 of the championship.

Qualifying – Race 36

Shane Van Gisbergen looked to depart Tekno Autosports (Team Darrell Lea) on a high, ending the final qualifying session of the year with the 1:27.9904 to take out provisional pole position.

Behind the Top Ten Shootout, Scott McLaughlin (Wilson Security Racing), Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew), Rick Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing), Jamie Whicup (Red Bull Racing Australia), James Courtney (Holden Racing Team), David Reynolds (Bottle-O Racing), Michael Caruso (Nissan Motorsport), David Wall (Wilson Security Racing) and Tim Slade (Supercheap Auto Racing).

Top 10 Shootout

James Courtney (Holden Racing Team) made the most of the Top 10 Shoot Out to put his Holden Commodore on Pole position for the final race. Shane Van Gisbergen who had the final lap of the shootout, wasn’t able to beat Courtney’s time but would be quick enough to line up alongside on the front row.

The second row would feature the outgoing and incoming champions, with Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia) alongside Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew).

Race 36

Shane Van Gisbergen (Team Darrell Lea) didn’t get the best start to the race, but he pushed his way past James Courtney (Holden Racing Team) in the open laps of the race. For there on he wasn’t troubled building a commanding lead before taking out the victory.

Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia) used some slick pit stops to move through the field to claim second. Rick Kelly (Nissan Motorsport) bid farewell to his Jack Daniel’s sponsorship after 10 years in the sport to claim the last spot of the podium.

But again the key story of the race was Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew), who kept out of trouble in fourth place to officially take out the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship title.

Further down the order there were a couple of incidents, with Tim Slade (Supercheap Auto Racing) crashing heavily after his Commodore suffered a stuck throttle on lap 12.

Images by Rhys Vandersyde

The Safety Car would make one more appearance with just five laps left to go when Steven Owen in the No. 6 Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon crashed out after his suspension failed.

After the race Shane Van Gisbergen said “It’s an awesome way to finish, Great weekend, and it’s been a really awesome three years [at Tekno].”

While Mark Winterbottom elated with his championship victory “It’s awesome it’s complete – we pack up, go home, we celebrate and enjoy it … I’m over the moon, I’m going to hit the party tonight and tomorrow night and the next night and just celebrate this!”

That concludes MyDrive’s coverage of the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship for 2015. But keep tuned for plenty more Automotive and Motorsport content in 2016.

Championship Coverage

That concludes MyDrive’s coverage of the V8 Supercars Championship for 2015 but we’ll be back in 2016 with all the news and updates since the last round.

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