2007 Winton round of the V8 Supercar Championship

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Race details
Round 4 of 14 in the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series on the Winton Motor Raceway at Benalla, Victoria.
Date 18–20 May 2007
Location Benalla, Victoria
Course Winton Motor Raceway
3.0 km
Distance 120 (3 x 40 lap races) laps, 360 km
Weather Rain
Pole
Driver Todd Kelly Holden Racing Team
Time 1:23.4793
Race 1
First Jamie Whincup 1:11:43.2503 Team Vodafone
Second Steven Richards 1:11:45.3468 Ford Performance Racing
Third Rick Kelly 1:11:50.9129 Toll HSV Dealer Team
Race 2
First Garth Tander 1:09:36.3676 Toll HSV Dealer Team
Second Jamie Whincup 1:09:36.7130 Team Vodafone
Third Rick Kelly 1:09:42.3241 Toll HSV Dealer Team
Race 3
First Garth Tander 1:00:45.9377 Toll HSV Dealer Team
Second Jamie Whincup 1:00:47.8329 Team Vodafone
Third Rick Kelly 1:00:48.3726 Toll HSV Dealer Team
Final standings
First Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone
Second Garth Tander Toll HSV Dealer Team
Third Rick Kelly Toll HSV Dealer Team

The 2007 Winton round of the V8 Supercar Championship is the fourth of the 2007 V8 Supercar season. It was held on the weekend of 18 to 20 May at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria (Australia).

Pre-round[edit]

Two main stories occurred between the previously race at Pukekohe and this round. Firstly Brad Jones announced his immediate retirement from the V8 Supercar championship after a 20 year career. Jones will be replaced from the Winton round for the remainder of the season by Simon Wills.[1] Secondly the Supercheap Auto Racing team was sold by Kees Weel to the No Limit Group.[2] The sale however later fell apart without being completed.

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying was held on Saturday 19 May 2007.

Part 1[edit]

The first session of qualifying began with Todd Kelly quickest, however his teammate at the Holden Racing Team Mark Skaife began with a spin. As Winton is a test track for a number of the teams, it could be seen that these teams had an advantage over the other teams. After the first session, Garth Tander was quickest from Todd Kelly and Jack Daniel's Racing’s Shane Price. However some of the bigger names did not back the top 20 drivers to advance to the second part of qualifying including Greg Murphy and Russell Ingall. Ingall was later relegated to the back of the grid after failing to have his car weighed after qualifying.

Part 2[edit]

In the second part of qualifying, Jason Richards of Tasman Motorsport was quickest at the start of the session. The session was relatively clean, however Steven Richards ran wide through the mud at turn 11. After the session, Todd Kelly, Garth Tander and Jason Richards were the top three, with both Mark Skaife and Craig Lowndes missing out.

Part 3[edit]

Part 3 of qualifying was a clean session, with Todd Kelly leading from Tander and Price at the midpoint of the session. As the session progressed, Tander and Jason Richards battled for second position.

After qualifying had finished, Todd Kelly took pole position from Garth Tander and Jason Richards. In their best qualifying session of the year, the Jack Daniels Racing team drivers of Shane Price and Jack Perkins qualified fifth and eighth respectively.

Race 1[edit]

Race 1 was held on Saturday 19 May 2007. The race started in wet conditions and this caused a number of incidents to occur in the first few laps. Garth Tander was able to take the lead on the first lap, however a number of drivers including Jason Bright, Mark Skaife, Russell Ingall and James Courtney all went off the track on the first lap.

On lap 2, Jason Richards run wide at turn 11 and went off the track from second position, and then on lap 3, the Todd Kelly in second collided with the leader Garth Tander causing Tander to spin. He rejoined the race in 12th position. Following this incident, Todd Kelly then spun off the track on lap 6 at turn 11 and got stuck in the gravel trap, which caused the safety car to come out.

The race was restarted on lap 9, however almost immediately Paul Dumbrell collided with Russell Ingall causing steering damage to Ingall’s car which then went off the track and into the gravel trap. This again caused the safety car to come out.

At the restart on lap 12, Lee Holdsworth was able to take the lead from Mark Winterbottom before Winterbottom retook the lead at turn 3 of the same lap. Soon after, the safety car came out again as Todd Kelly spun off the track. Once the compulsory pit stops had been completed, Jamie Whincup lead from Rick Kelly and Craig Lowndes.

Towards the end of the race Mark Winterbottom, who was using slick tyres on the drying track collided with Max Wilson which caused Winterbottom to go off at turn 11 and caused the safety car to come out for a fourth time. The safety car came in with 3 laps to go, and James Courtney made a number of positions running on dry tyres.

At the end of the 40 laps, Jamie Whincup gave Ford their first win of the season from Steven Richards and Rick Kelly after Courtney was given a penalty for an incident wit Greg Murphy on the penultimate lap.

Race 2[edit]

Race 2 was held on Sunday 20 May 2007. The race was also held in wet conditions however the start was relatively clean. Mark Skaife once again had a bad race, running off the circuit at turn 11 on lap 5. He was also the first driver to change from wet weather tyres to slicks as the racing line dried on lap 10. This began a trend where the drivers lower down the field also changed to slick to try to take advantage of the drying track, while the leaders stayed on wet weather tyres.

On lap 14, Jason Richards spun off the track and crashed into the wall on slick tyres after driving off the dry race line. Craig Lowndes also had a spin at turn 1. The first safety car of the race occurred when Lee Holdsworth spun off the track and crashed heavily into the wall at turn 4. This caused major damage to the rear of the Garry Rogers Motorsport car. During the safety car period, it started raining again and the drivers that changed to slicks had to go back to wet weather tyres.

After the restart on lap 25, Jamie Whincup took the lead from Tander, however Tander retook the lead at turn 3 of the same lap. Over the last 10 laps, Tander and Whincup battled for the lead in damp conditions and while dealing with lapped traffic. At the end of the race, Garth Tander won, from Jamie Whincup and teammate Rick Kelly.

Race 3[edit]

Race 3 was held on Sunday 20 May 2007. The race began in dry conditions and this remained the same for the remainder of the race. Garth Tander lead the race in the early stages of the race. Steve Johnson retired for the race with an engine problem, and Mark Skaife also had a problem with the suspension of his car, ending a bad weekend for him.

The only safety car of the race was due to Paul Morris spinning off at turn 12 and becoming stuck in the sand trap. This was caused by oil which had been spilt on the approach to turn 12 and a number of drivers also rain wide and off the circuit because of the oil, however Morris was the only driver to get stuck.

The safety car came in on lap 27 and Tander continued to lead the race until the finish where he won the race from Jamie Whincup and Rick Kelly.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Name Team Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
1 22 Todd Kelly Holden Racing Team 1:23.4793
2 16 Garth Tander Toll HSV Dealer Team 1:23.4843
3 3 Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 1:23.5698
4 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 1:23.7103
5 7 Shane Price Jack Daniel's Racing 1:23.7606
6 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:23.7836
7 1 Rick Kelly Toll HSV Dealer Team 1:23.8649
8 11 Jack Perkins Jack Daniel's Racing 1:23.8709
9 34 Dean Canto Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:23.9689
10 25 Jason Bright Fujitsu Racing 1:24.6474
11 55 Steve Owen Autobarn Racing 1:23.9620
12 888 Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 1:23.9815
13 17 Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 1:24.0044
14 20 Paul Dumbrell Supercheap Auto Racing 1:24.0130
15 18 Will Davison Jim Beam Racing 1:24.0181
16 2 Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 1:24.1041
17 6 Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 1:24.1088
18 4 James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 1:24.1182
19 12 Andrew Jones Team BOC 1:24.1491
20 88 Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 1:24.2877
21 021 Paul Radisich Team Kiwi Racing 1:24.4968
22 51 Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 1:24.5398
23 8 Max Wilson WPS Racing 1:24.6851
24 67 Paul Morris Team Sirromet Wines 1:24.8016
25 10 Jason Bargwanna WPS Racing 1:24.8283
26 111 John Bowe Glenfords Racing 1:24.9139
27 39 Fabian Coulthard Team Sirromet Wines 1:25.0480
28 50 Cameron McConville Supercheap Auto Racing 1:25.1131
29 14 Simon Wills Team BOC 1:25.1889
30 26 Alan Gurr Irwin Racing 1:25.2665
31 9 Russell Ingall Stone Brothers Racing Pen.

Race 1 Results[edit]

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 88 Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 40 1:11:43.2503 20 24
2 6 Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 40 +2.0965sec 17 20
3 1 Rick Kelly Toll HSV Dealer Team 40 +7.6626sec 7 17
4 16 Garth Tander Toll HSV Dealer Team 40 +7.8848sec 2 15
5 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 40 +8.8814sec 6 13
6 17 Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 40 +14.1642sec 13 12
7 25 Jason Bright Fujitsu Racing 40 +20.3483sec 10 11
8 67 Paul Morris Team Sirromet Wines 40 +21.6553sec 24 10
9 8 Max Wilson WPS Racing 40 +21.8948sec 23 9
10 7 Shane Price Jack Daniel's Racing 40 +23.5453sec 5 8
11 10 Jason Bargwanna WPS Racing 40 +23.7144sec 25 6
12 50 Cameron McConville Supercheap Auto Racing 40 +24.257sec 28 5
13 55 Steve Owen Autobarn Racing 40 +25.8476sec 11 4
14 111 John Bowe Glenfords Racing 40 +26.2832sec 26 3
15 26 Alan Gurr Irwin Racing 40 +27.6824sec 30 2
16 14 Simon Wills Team BOC 40 +28.0266sec 29
17 4 James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 40 +33.7221sec 18
18 888 Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 40 +34.6721sec 12
19 34 Dean Canto Garry Rogers Motorsport 40 +42.0527sec 9
20 39 Fabian Coulthard Team Sirromet Wines 40 +48.5639sec 27
21 2 Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 40 +52.5932sec 16
22 11 Jack Perkins Jack Daniel's Racing 40 +54.0259sec 8
23 3 Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 40 +1:15.6603 3
24 021 Paul Radisich Team Kiwi Racing 39 +1 lap 21
25 20 Paul Dumbrell Supercheap Auto Racing 39 +1 lap 14
26 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 39 +1 lap 4
27 22 Todd Kelly Holden Racing Team 37 +3 laps 1
DNF 51 Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 37 Accident 22
DNF 12 Andrew Jones Team BOC 29 Accident 19
DNF 9 Russell Ingall Stone Brothers Racing 14 Accident 31
DNF 18 Will Davison Jim Beam Racing 4 Suspension 15

Race 2 Results[edit]

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16 Garth Tander Toll HSV Dealer Team 40 1:09:36.3676 4 24
2 88 Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 40 +0.3454sec 1 20
3 1 Rick Kelly Toll HSV Dealer Team 40 +5.9565sec 3 17
4 51 Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 40 +7.9541sec 28 15
5 17 Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 40 +9.0035sec 6 13
6 888 Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 40 +9.1619sec 18 12
7 55 Steve Owen Autobarn Racing 40 +11.8704sec 13 11
8 9 Russell Ingall Stone Brothers Racing 40 +11.9635sec 30 10
9 25 Jason Bright Fujitsu Racing 40 +13.1677sec 7 9
10 12 Andrew Jones Team BOC 40 +1:19.7096 29 8
11 22 Todd Kelly Holden Racing Team 40 +1:20.6503 27 6
12 021 Paul Radisich Team Kiwi Racing 40 +1:23.9728 24 5
13 7 Shane Price Jack Daniel's Racing 40 +1:25.6701 10 4
14 18 Will Davison Jim Beam Racing 40 +1:35.6745 31 3
15 4 James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 39 +1 lap 17 2
16 6 Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 39 +1 lap 2
17 2 Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 39 +1 lap 21
18 11 Jack Perkins Jack Daniel's Racing 39 +1 lap 22
19 39 Fabian Coulthard Team Sirromet Wines 39 +1 lap 20
20 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 39 +1 lap 26
21 50 Cameron McConville Supercheap Auto Racing 39 +1 lap 12
22 10 Jason Bargwanna WPS Racing 39 +1 lap 11
23 34 Dean Canto Garry Rogers Motorsport 39 +1 lap 19
24 26 Alan Gurr Irwin Racing 39 +1 lap 15
25 20 Paul Dumbrell Supercheap Auto Racing 39 +1 lap 25
DNF 14 Simon Wills Team BOC 38 16
DNF 111 John Bowe Glenfords Racing 33 14
DNF 8 Max Wilson WPS Racing 32 Engine 9
DNF 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 16 Accident 5
DNF 67 Paul Morris Team Sirromet Wines 14 8
DNF 3 Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 13 Accident 23

Race 3 Results[edit]

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16 Garth Tander Toll HSV Dealer Team 40 1:00:45.9377 1 24
2 88 Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 40 +1.8952sec 2 20
3 1 Rick Kelly Toll HSV Dealer Team 40 +2.4349sec 3 17
4 22 Todd Kelly Holden Racing Team 40 +3.1202sec 11 15
5 888 Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 40 +6.7614sec 6 13
6 9 Russell Ingall Stone Brothers Racing 40 +7.3996sec 8 12
7 51 Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 40 +14.1933sec 4 11
8 4 James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 40 +14.6006sec 15 10
9 18 Will Davison Jim Beam Racing 40 +14.9097sec 14 9
10 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 40 +15.3716sec 20 8
11 55 Steve Owen Autobarn Racing 40 +16.1592sec 7 6
12 6 Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 40 +16.6960sec 16 5
13 021 Paul Radisich Team Kiwi Racing 40 +18.5289sec 12 4
14 34 Dean Canto Garry Rogers Motorsport 40 +19.2168sec 23 3
15 10 Jason Bargwanna WPS Racing 40 +20.1869sec 22 2
16 3 Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 40 +20.8209sec 31
17 111 John Bowe Glenfords Racing 40 +27.3438sec 27
18 7 Shane Price Jack Daniel's Racing 40 +27.9096sec 13
19 39 Fabian Coulthard Team Sirromet Wines 40 +28.2952sec 19
20 12 Andrew Jones Team BOC 40 +29.1002sec 10
21 20 Paul Dumbrell Supercheap Auto Racing 40 +29.5542sec 25
22 50 Cameron McConville Supercheap Auto Racing 40 +29.8675sec 21
23 14 Simon Wills Team BOC 40 +30.3273sec 26
24 25 Jason Bright Fujitsu Racing 40 +31.5099sec 9
25 26 Alan Gurr Irwin Racing 40 +31.8353sec 24
26 2 Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 36 +4 laps 17
DNF 8 Max Wilson WPS Racing 26 Brakes 28
DNF 67 Paul Morris Team Sirromet Wines 21 Accident 30
DNF 17 Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 10 Engine 5
DNS 11 Jack Perkins Jack Daniel's Racing
DNS 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team BOC head to Winton - Minus Brad". www.v8supercar.com.au. 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Weel sells Supercheap Auto Racing". www.v8supercar.com.au. 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 

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