Jason Bright pulled out a stunning drive in the closing laps to clinch victory for Team BOC in the second V8 Supercar race at the Winton Motor Raceway.
Bright had started eighth on the grid, but profiting from a different pit strategy to his rivals, he stormed into contention in the final stages of the 67-lap race.
Making his first stop on lap 25, four laps after race-leader Team Vodafone's Jamie Whincup, he emerged fifteenth. Ploughing through the field, he climbed 6 places before stopping for the final time with just 20 laps to run.
Exiting in eighth, Bright was the fastest man on the road, moving up to fourth over five laps. With 15 laps to go he was fifteen seconds adrift. But as the drivers ahead found their rubber fading, he began reeling them in at over two-seconds a lap, passing Michael Caruso of Fujitsu Racing GRM on lap 62 and Toll Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander on lap 63. And with just three laps remaining, he rocketed past Whincup to claim his second win of the season. The win moves him to fourth.
“I'm very happy,” said Bright. “We did it hard this weekend. We didn't have the qualifying car but we had the racecar though. The race pace was just awesome.
“I thought we'd gone for the wrong strategy but we just kept coming and coming!”
After trading blows throughout the race, Whincup and Tander held on for second and third respectively. Both overtook pole-man Orrcon Steel FPR's Mark Winterbottom before the first round of pit-stops, with Tander muscling past Whincup for the lead just before half-distance. Unable to build a gap from Whincup, both drivers pitted on lap 43 nose-to-tail. But a flawless pit stop saw Whincup leap-frog Tander in the pitlane. Both powerless to withstand Bright's late attack, Tander was also fortunate to hold off a charging Shane van Gisbergen of SP Tools Racing, who finished fourth. Running the same strategy as Bright, Bundaberg Racing's Fabian Coulthard then came through to fifth, clear of Michael Caruso, Team Vodafone's Craig Lowndes, Jim Beam Racing team-mates Steven Johnson and James Moffat, and VIP Petfoods driver Steve Owen.
Defending champion James Courtney's hopes of back-to-back titles took yet another blow. After a poor qualifying session left him starting in 20th, the Toll Holden Racing Team driver was then involved in a seven-car pile-up on lap three which left his Commodore badly damaged and which eliminated Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall and Jack Daniels Racing's Todd Kelly. Pitting for repairs, Courtney returned to the circuit seven laps down, eventually finishing 25th. He now trails Whincup by 618 championship points.
The next round of the V8 Supercars Championship, the SKYCITY Triple Crown, takes place from the 17-19 June at the Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin.
Race 10 results:
|Pos||Entrant||Driver||Vehicle||Fastest Lap||Fastest Lap Time||Race Time||Laps||Points|
|1||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Commodore VE2||51||01:24:0774||01:40:15:5814||67||150|
|2||TeamVodafone||Jamie Whincup||Commodore VE2||2||01:24:0641||01:40:17:1800||67||138|
|3||Toll Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Commodore VE2||2||01:24:2412||01:40:18:5452||67||129|
|4||SP Tools Racing||Shane van Gisbergen||Falcon FG||20||01:24:0298||01:40:18:8437||67||120|
|5||Bundaberg Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Commodore VE2||53||01:24:2513||01:40:27:1401||67||111|
|6||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Michael Caruso||Commodore VE2||18||01:24:0831||01:40:27:1606||67||102|
|7||TeamVodafone||Craig Lowndes||Commodore VE2||2||01:24:2331||01:40:31:8691||67||96|
|8||Jim Beam Racing||Steven Johnson||Falcon FG||2||01:24:2356||01:40:32:9092||67||90|
|9||Jim Beam Racing||James Moffat||Falcon FG||23||01:24:4523||01:40:33:1378||67||84|
|10||VIP Petfoods||Steve Owen||Commodore VE2||8||01:24:8871||01:40:43:1635||67||78|
|11||Pepsi Max Crew||Greg Murphy||Commodore VE2||2||01:24:7877||01:40:48:0821||67||72|
|12||Mother Energy Racing Team||Jonathon Webb||Falcon FG||20||01:24:2686||01:40:52:0889||67||69|
|13||Lucky 7 Racing||Tim Slade||Falcon FG||2||01:24:4374||01:40:54:0071||67||66|
|14||Jana Living Racing||Jason Bargwanna||Commodore VE2||46||01:24:2271||01:40:55:1803||67||63|
|15||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Lee Holdsworth||Commodore VE2||19||01:24:3759||01:40:55:5533||67||60|
|16||Irwin Racing||Alex Davison||Falcon FG||7||01:24:9955||01:40:56:3219||67||57|
|17||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Commodore VE2||2||01:24:2450||01:40:56:3534||67||54|
|18||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Paul Dumbrell||Falcon FG||25||01:24:4628||01:40:56:7817||67||51|
|19||Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon||Mark Winterbottom||Falcon FG||2||01:24:3392||01:40:58:8762||67||48|
|20||Stratco Racing||David Reynolds||Commodore VE2||2||01:24:4709||01:41:06:0142||67||45|
|21||Wilson Security Racing||Tony D’Alberto||Commodore VE2||22||01:24:9571||01:41:15:9350||67||42|
|22||Gulf Western Oil Racing||Warren Luff||Commodore VE2||2||01:24:5628||01:41:29:2144||67||39|
|23||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||Karl Reindler||Commodore VE2||45||01:24:3997||01:41:31:4675||67||36|
|24||Trading Post FPR Falcon||Will Davison||Falcon FG||2||01:25:1393||01:41:07:4827||61||33|
|25||Toll Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Commodore VE2||33||01:24:4808||01:40:41:6235||60||30|
|DNF||Triple F Racing||Dean Fiore||Falcon FG||7||01:24:9843||24:05:0146||15||0|
|DNF||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Commodore VE2||2||01:25:2628||03:00:7803||2||0|
|DNF||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Commodore VE2||2||01:25:3681||03:01:3468||2||0|