2010 Skycity Triple Crown

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Race details
Round 7 of 14 in the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series on the Hidden Valley Raceway at Darwin, Northern Territory.
Date 18 – 20 June 2010
Location Darwin, Northern Territory
Course Hidden Valley Raceway
2.9 km
Distance 112 (42 + 69) laps, 325 km
Weather
Pole
Driver R13: Mark Winterbottom


R14: Alex Davison
R13: Ford Performance Racing
R14: Stone Brothers Racing
Time R13: 1:09.6854
R14: 1:10.0614
Race 1
First Mark Winterbottom 51:17.8454 Ford Performance Racing
Second Jamie Whincup 51:18.6329 Triple Eight Race Engineering
Third Shane Van Gisbergen 51:39.5262 Stone Brothers Racing
Race 2
First Jamie Whincup 1:24:35.0111 Triple Eight Race Engineering
Second Mark Winterbottom 1:24:39.0120 Ford Performance Racing
Third Shane Van Gisbergen 1:24:41.8694 Stone Brothers Racing

The 2010 Skycity Triple Crown was the seventh race meeting of the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series. It featured Races 13 and 14 of the series and was held on the weekend of 18–20 June at Hidden Valley Raceway, in Darwin, in the Northern Territory, Australia.

Race 13[edit]

In provisional qualifying Jason Richards returned to the scene of his 2009 pole position and took fastest away from Jamie Whincup late in the session. Into the shoot out Tim Slade surprised many by briefly topping the session until Mark Winterbottom secured pole position with Jamie Whincup second. Beside Slade in fourth was Garth Tander.

Winterbottom won the start from Whincup, Tander, Slade, Courtney, Dumbrell, Van Gisbergen and Jason Richards while Will Davison limped around the track with his newly finished Commodore stuck in gear. Dumbrell lost ground in the early running dropping to ninth. Reindler dropped out of the race with a broken steering arm after a miserable qualifying session.

Winterbottom and Whincup built a gap on the field. Winterbottom was an early race stopper, followed by team mate Paul Dumbrell. Lowndes also stopped early, while Davison pitted again still with mechanical issues. Courtney, Todd Kelly and Lee Holdsworth followed shortly. Whincup continued out in front for two laps before he stopped with Tander following. After the stops Winterbottom emerged with an enlarged lead over Whincup while the first car in Jason Richards leapt up the order. Tander rejoined just in front of Courtney and Dumbrell with Slade jumping in front of Dumbrell. Van Gisbergen and Todd Kelly were close behind. Greg Murphy.

Steven Richards car failed to restart after a pitstops. Van Gisbergen was a mover in the middle part of the race, picking off Slade and Courtney, while a set-up change allowed Lowndes to start moving up the order after a slow start to the race. Last to pit was Russell Ingall, who led in his final laps prior to his pitstop. Van Gisbergen took Tander on lap 26. Six laps later Van Gisbergen claimed third from Jason Richards. Late in the race there was a couple of minor contact incidents. Dean Fiore was tipped wide over the back of the circuit. Russell Ingall clashed with Rick Kelly and Michael Caruso tipped Jonathon Webb into a spin. Lap 37 saw Tander spear off the track at the first turn, dumping himself from fifth to tenth.

Winterbottom hung on to win from Whincup, Van Gisbergen, Jason Richards and James Courtney. Tim Slade had a career best performance to finish sixth ahead of Lowndes, Dumbrell, Todd Kelly and Tander.

Race 14[edit]

Alex Davison won the start from his first pole position with Todd Kelly, Whincup, Rick Kelly, Courtney, Will Davison, Holdsworth, D'Alberto, Winterbottom and Coulthard with Tander spearing off at the first turn and Dumbrell spinning at the exit of turn 1.

Todd Kelly was the first of the leaders to pit on lap 15, with brother Rick following a lap later, switching from soft to hard tyres. Courtney follow the following lap.

Alex Davison pitted on lap 21 for his first stop with Whincup following a lap later. After a 30 lap battle Courtney passed Todd Kelly for position on lap 31. Lap 37 saw Jamie Whincup complete his hunt down of race leader Alex Davison and the Commodore moved into the lead. Russell Ingall received the 'meatball' flag for a minor but persistent fluid leak at the back of his Commodore.

Lap 48 saw a problem with Craig Lowndes pitstop, the car was dropped with only three tyres on the car but the car was raised back on its jacks prior to Lowndes attempting to resume with the front left tyre missing. A lap later Alex Davison pulled into the pits with an electrical or electronic malady that was robbing the car of power after a career best race performance to that point. Davison was hauled into the bay, the team needing the space to pit team mate Shane Van Gisbergen, any chance of a good result was gone.

As the race rached its closing laps, race leader Whincup, on fading hard tyres was being caught rapidly by Mark Winterbottom. On Lap 61 Lowndes took Jason Richards for fifth, lap 64 saw Van Gisbergen relieve Courtney of third.

Whincup hung on to win from a fast closing Winterbottom. Van Gisbergen took third from Courtney with five laps to go. Lowndes took fifth from Jason Richards with eight laps to go. Tim Slade worked his way past the Kelly brothers and Richards in the closing laps to finish sixth in a career best performance. Behind Richards Todd Kelly led home brother Rick with Steven Richards clawing past Will Davison for a long awaited top ten finish. Down in 18th Murphy crossed the line with a damaged car but did not lose enough time for Garth Tander to pick up a spot after a poor Sunday race.

Results[edit]

Results as follows:

Qualifying Race 13[edit]

Qualifying timesheets:[1][2]

Pos No Name Car Team Shootout Qualifying
Pole 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:09.6854 1:10.0167
2 1 Jamie Whincup Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:09.8333 1:09.9460
3 47 Tim Slade Ford FG Falcon James Rosenberg Racing 1:09.8836 1:10.1060
4 2 Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:09.9374 1:10.1108
5 7 Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:10.0184 1:10.0381
6 18 James Courtney Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:10.2081 1:09.9648
7 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:10.3361 1:10.1287
8 55 Paul Dumbrell Ford FG Falcon Rod Nash Racing 1:10.3565 1:10.1700
9 888 Craig Lowndes Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:10.4351 1:10.0095
10 8 Jason Richards Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:10.5488 1:09.9079
11 33 Lee Holdsworth Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:10.2032
12 22 Will Davison Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:10.2372
13 51 Greg Murphy Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:10.2550
14 12 Dean Fiore Ford FG Falcon Triple F Racing 1:10.2899
15 17 Steven Johnson Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:10.2992
16 3 Tony D'Alberto Holden VE Commodore Tony D'Alberto Racing 1:10.3499
17 34 Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:10.3738
18 14 Jason Bright Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:10.3958
19 10 Andrew Thompson Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 1:10.4230
20 39 Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:10.4347
21 15 Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:10.4616
22 24 Fabian Coulthard Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 1:10.4677
23 19 Jonathon Webb Ford FG Falcon Tekno Autosports 1:10.4678
24 11 Jason Bargwanna Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:10.5073
25 4 Alex Davison Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:10.5780
26 6 Steven Richards Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:10.5903
27 21 Karl Reindler Holden VE Commodore Britek Motorsport 1:10.6732
28 16 Tony Ricciardello Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:10.9525
29 30 Daniel Gaunt Holden VE Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 1:11.2240

Race 13[edit]

Race timesheets:[3]

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 42 51:17.8454 1 150
2 1 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 42 +0.8s 2 138
3 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 42 +21.7s 7 129
4 8 Jason Richards Brad Jones Racing 42 +27.3s 10 120
5 18 James Courtney Dick Johnson Racing 42 +30.2s 6 111
6 47 Tim Slade James Rosenberg Racing 42 +30.7s 3 102
7 888 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 42 +31.9s 9 96
8 55 Paul Dumbrell Rod Nash Racing 42 +32.7s 8 90
9 7 Todd Kelly Kelly Racing 42 +35.0s 5 84
10 2 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 42 +35.8s 4 78
11 39 Russell Ingall Paul Morris Motorsport 42 +35.9s 20 72
12 14 Jason Bright Brad Jones Racing 42 +36.8s 18 69
13 3 Tony D'Alberto Tony D'Alberto Racing 42 +40.5s 16 66
14 15 Rick Kelly Kelly Racing 42 +45.7s 21 63
15 4 Alex Davison Stone Brothers Racing 42 +46.1s 25 60
16 51 Greg Murphy Paul Morris Motorsport 42 +46.5s 13 57
17 34 Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 42 +52.1s 17 54
18 17 Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 42 +56.2s 15 51
19 11 Jason Bargwanna Kelly Racing 42 +56.8s 24 48
20 12 Dean Fiore Triple F Racing 42 +1:00.2s 14 45
21 10 Andrew Thompson Walkinshaw Racing 42 +1:02.7s 19 42
22 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 42 +1:05.3s 11 39
23 24 Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Racing 42 +1:06.2s 22 36
24 19 Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports 42 +1:06.4s 23 33
25 16 Tony Ricciardello Kelly Racing 41 +1 lap 28 30
26 30 Daniel Gaunt Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 41 +1 lap 29 27
Ret 21 Karl Reindler Britek Motorsport 29 27
Ret 6 Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 27 Electrical 26
Ret 22 Will Davison Holden Racing Team 1 Gearbox 12

Qualifying Race 14[edit]

Qualifying timesheets:[4]

Pos No Name Car Team Qualifying
Pole 4 Alex Davison Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:10.0614
2 1 Jamie Whincup Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:10.0616
3 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:10.0715
4 7 Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:10.1625
5 18 James Courtney Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:10.2811
6 15 Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:10.3177
7 888 Craig Lowndes Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:10.3898
8 33 Lee Holdsworth Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:10.4539
9 17 Steven Johnson Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:10.4778
10 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:10.4898
11 22 Will Davison Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:10.5069
12 2 Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:10.5106
13 14 Jason Bright Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:10.5665
14 47 Tim Slade Ford FG Falcon James Rosenberg Racing 1:10.5784
15 19 Jonathon Webb Ford FG Falcon Tekno Autosports 1:10.5957
16 3 Tony D'Alberto Holden VE Commodore Tony D'Alberto Racing 1:10.6069
17 24 Fabian Coulthard Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 1:10.6329
18 55 Paul Dumbrell Ford FG Falcon Rod Nash Racing 1:10.6346
19 12 Dean Fiore Ford FG Falcon Triple F Racing 1:10.6393
20 51 Greg Murphy Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:10.6501
21 8 Jason Richards Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:10.6527
22 6 Steven Richards Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:10.6908
23 39 Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:10.6950
24 11 Jason Bargwanna Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:10.7901
25 34 Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:10.8265
26 10 Andrew Thompson Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 1:10.8398
27 21 Karl Reindler Holden VE Commodore Britek Motorsport 1:11.4110
28 16 Tony Ricciardello Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:11.5766
29 30 Daniel Gaunt Holden VE Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport No time

Race 14[edit]

Race timesheets:[5]

Standings[edit]

After race 14 of 26

Pos Name Team Points
1 James Courtney Dick Johnson Racing 1698
2 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 1641
3 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 1452
4 Shane Van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 1412
5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 1344

Source

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2009 Skycity Triple Crown
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