This week I bring you action from around the world! We have Indycar in Brazil, Formula 1 in Bahrain, and V8 Supercars down in Australia.
The V8 Supercar Championship was held on the streets of Adelaide, Australia this weekend for the Clipsal 500. Race 1 saw the rebirth of Garth Tander. In the first 4 races of championship in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, the races were dominated by 2-time V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup. However, Tander was able to come back and win the race for Holden Racing Team. Another interesting story though, was that of James Courtney. Courtney started all the way back in 16th and managed to come out in 2nd. He did this by being the first to make a pit stop before the safety car period, and when the others pitted, he moved up to 3rd before overtaking Jamie Whincup.
Full results for Race 1:
Pos Driver Make Time 1. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 1h59m06.5574s 2. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG + 4.0420s 3. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE + 6.4380s 4. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE + 8.8801s 5. Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG + 9.1506s 6. Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE + 14.7726s 7. Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE + 15.5416s 8. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE + 15.9973s 9. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE + 16.6264s 10. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE + 23.9269s 11. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG + 25.8030s 12. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG + 29.8968s 13. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE + 31.6029s 14. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE + 32.0715s 15. Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG + 32.5275s 16. Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG + 39.6769s 17. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG + 46.8233s 18. Daniel Gaunt Holden Commodore VE + 1m04.2621s 19. Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE + 1m15.4790s 20. Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE + 1m16.1124s 21. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG + 3 laps 22. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG + 4 laps 23. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE + 12 laps Not classified/retirements: Driver Make Laps Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE 39 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 38 Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE 31 Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 12 Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 2
Race 2 was actually quite similar to Race 1. Tander took the lead and managed to hold it off to the end. It was a gamble of fuel though, as he pitted just before the safety car came out on lap 50 of 78. He was able to have an overtaking battle with Whincup and eventually came out on top again. However, on the controversial side of things, Courtney took 2nd again. While defending 2nd place in the closing laps of the race, Whincup was hit from behind by Courtney, causing part of Whincup’s diffuser to become loose. He was black-flagged to remove the part that became loose. This contact soon ended with Whincup finishing in 18th.
Full Results for Race 2:
Pos Driver Make Time 1. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 1h58m01.9244s 2. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG + 0.9765s 3. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG + 2.1313s 4. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG + 3.3651s 5. Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG + 3.7583s 6. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE + 6.1308s 7. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE + 7.0281s 8. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG + 7.7280s 9. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE + 8.2293s 10. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE + 10.0627s 11. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE + 10.7834s 12. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE + 11.5896s 13. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG + 13.9538s 14. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE + 16.4055s 15. Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG + 19.2449s 16. Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE + 21.6054s 17. Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG + 23.7804s 18. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE + 35.5469s 19. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE + 1m13.0672s 20. Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 21. Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 22. Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG + 1 lap 23. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG + 1 lap 24. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 25. Daniel Gaunt Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 26. Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 27. Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE + 16 laps Not classified/retirements: Driver Make Laps Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 2
Moving on now to the São Paulo Indy 300 on the streets of São Paulo. It was chaos-filled right from the green flag. Takuma Sato made his Indycar debut by sending Scott Dixon into a spin after braking too late in the first corner. This caused Helio Castroneves to hit Dixon’s car as well. Although Dixon and Castroneves were able to continue, Sato was not. This however, wasn’t the biggest accident. That was behind them. Sato’s team-mate Mario Moraes literally ran over the back of Marco Andretti’s car and remained there. After stopping, it took several minutes to remove Moraes’s car and take out Andretti. Both drivers were unhurt.
Later on in the race, the skies opened. Rain poured down onto the track. The race was held under a yellow flag until the officials deemed the standing water too dangerous, and downgraded the race to a red flag for nearly 45 minutes. Aussie Will Power though, had timed his pit stop almost perfectly allowing himself to rejoin in 2nd between Ryan Hunter-Reay and Dario Franchetti. Later on in the race, Ryan Briscoe took the lead and then dueled with Hunter-Reay. While going into turn 5, Briscoe got on the brakes just a bit too late, hitting the tire wall. This event caused a full-course caution. Then Hunter-Reay and Will Power dueled with each other, before Power took the lead and held it the rest of the race distance.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Will Power Penske 2h00m57.7112s 2. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti + 1.8581s 3. Vitor Meira Foyt + 9.7094s 4. Raphael Matos Luczo Dragon/de Ferran + 10.4235s 5. Dan Wheldon Panther + 10.8883s 6. Scott Dixon Ganassi + 11.3473s 7. Dario Franchitti Ganassi + 12.0579s 8. Mike Conway Dreyer & Reinbold + 12.1654s 9. Helio Castroneves Penske + 12.7411s 10. Tony Kanaan Andretti + 13.4850s 11. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold + 13.9193s 12. EJ Viso KV + 16.9039s 13. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold + 19.6451s 14. Ryan Briscoe Penske + 1m14.9191s 15. Danica Patrick Andretti + 1 lap 16. Simona de Silvestro HVM + 3 laps Retirements: Mario Romancini Conquest 46 laps Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne 30 laps Alex Tagliani Fazzt 28 laps Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas/Lanigan 27 laps Milka Duno Dale Coyne 20 laps Takuma Sato KV 0 laps Marco Andretti Andretti 0 laps Mario Moraes KV 0 laps
After a long and hectic off season, Formula 1 is back! The season began in Bahrain at the Bahrain International Circuit with Red Bull’s Sebastien Vettel on pole. This race also saw the return of 7-time world champion Michael Schumacher for the Mercedes GP team at 41 years young. Along with his return, we have 3 new teams: Virgin Racing, Hispania Racing Team (HRT), and the return of Lotus. With such an action-packed grid (filled with 4 world champions, I should mention), surely the race was at the epitome of excitement, right?
Wrong. Other than Aussie driver Mark Webber having smoke pour out of his car at the first corner and causing 2 spins by Adrian Sutil and Robert Kubica, it was a pretty straight-forward race. There were no safety car periods so the race went on as scheduled. It was pretty cool to see the teams’ pit stops though. Red Bull technical director Christian Horner was quoted as saying that his crew could change all 4 tires in under 2 seconds. And they proved it in Vettel’s only stop.
However the race turned sour for Vettel at lap 31. The German reported to the crew that something was wrong with the car and that he was losing power. Fernando Alonso, who had been following him the entire race up to that point, had seized the opportunity, overtaking him. Vettel would then be overtaken by Alonso’s Ferrari team-mate, Felipe Massa, and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton to finish 4th
Well that’s about all I have for you this week. Check back with us next week for coverage of the 12 Hours of Sebring, the opening round of Super GT from the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, and NASCAR Sprint Cup coverage from Bristol Motor Speedway.