2011 Skycity Triple Crown

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Race details
Round 6 of 14 in the 2011 International V8 Supercars Championship on the Hidden Valley Raceway at Darwin, Northern Territory.
Date 17-19 Jun 2011
Location Darwin, Northern Territory
Course Hidden Valley Raceway
2.87 km
Distance 111 (1 x 42, 1 x 69) laps, 320 km
Weather Fine
Pole
Driver R12: Mark Winterbottom

R13: Mark Winterbottom
R12: Ford Performance Racing
R13: Ford Performance Racing
Time R12: 1:09.1697
R13: 1:09.7935
Race 1
First Rick Kelly 54:30.8593 Kelly Racing
Second Steven Johnson 54:33.3710 Dick Johnson Racing
Third Craig Lowndes 54:35.3864 Triple Eight Race Engineering
Race 2
First Shane Van Gisbergen 1:27:04.3716 Stone Brothers Racing
Second Craig Lowndes 1:27:05.2655 Triple Eight Race Engineering
Third Mark Winterbottom 1:27:06.1017 Ford Performance Racing
Final standings
First Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 267 pts
Second Shane Van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 246 pts
Third Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 222 pts

The 2011 Skycity Triple Crown was a motor race for the Australian sedan-based V8 Supercars racing cars. It was the sixth event of the 2011 International V8 Supercars Championship. It was held on the weekend of June 17 to 19 at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, Northern Territory.[1] It was the fourteenth V8 Supercar event held at the circuit.

The event hosted races 12 and 13 of the 2011 season. A 42 lap, 120-kilometre race was held on Saturday while Sunday saw a 69 lap, 200-kilometre race. Qualifying for Race 12 consisted of a 20 minute, all-in session with the fastest ten progressing to the top ten shootout. Qualifying for Race 13 was a single 20 minute, all-in session.

Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom took his second consecutive pole position in qualifying for Race 12 after taking pole for the Sunday race at Winton. He was followed by the Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden of championship leader Jamie Whincup and Shane Van Gisbergen of Stone Brothers Racing.[2] These three drivers remained untroubled at the front for the majority of the race until the final safety car restart. Whincup tapped the back of Winterbottom and in response, Winterbottom slowed. This backed the field up and Winterbottom, Whincup and Van Gisbergen raced down the main straight three abreast. Towards the end of the straight, Garry Rogers Motorsport driver Lee Holdsworth pulled out of the slipstream of the top three and made it four-wide into turn one. Winterbottom and Whincup made contact which sent Whincup and Van Gisbergen off onto the grass and Winterbottom then made contact with Holdsworth before spinning in the middle of turn one and being hit by Karl Reindler. Kelly Racing's Rick Kelly emerged in the lead followed by Holdsworth, Steven Johnson and Craig Lowndes. Kelly went on to win the race, his second of the season, from Johnson and Lowndes, with Holdsworth slipping back to fourth with damaged steering.[3] After being the top three for most of the race, Winterbottom, Whincup and Van Gisbergen finished fifteenth, ninth and seventh respectively, with each driver being penalised 25 championship points for their involvement in the incident.[4]

Drivers in the midfield also had their dramas. Rod Nash Racing driver Paul Dumbrell went off at turn five on lap one, rejoining in the lead at turn seven. Dumbrell readdressed his position on the main straight and a penalty was not applied, causing controversy amongst the field. Jason Bright, winner for Brad Jones Racing on Sunday at Winton, experienced a puncture after contact with Tony D'Alberto and was hit by David Reynolds as he attempted to limp back to the pit lane. The collision put both drivers out of the race. Garth Tander was given a penalty after he left his Holden Racing Team pit bay with the air hose still attached and dragged it along the pit lane.[5]

Winterbottom and Whincup again filled the front row for Race 13, with Lowndes and Holdsworth on row two.[6] Holdsworth, one of the only drivers on the softer tyre, led into turn one while Whincup, also on the soft tyre, bogged it down and dropped to the back of the top ten. Jason Bright again failed to finish when his engine failed at the end of the main straight, causing him to spin off the track. Reigning champion James Courtney, Karl Reindler and Rick Kelly went off on Bright's oil. Whincup and Holdsworth were first and second until late in the race, courtesy of using the soft tyre early on. Lowndes passed Holdsworth, five seconds behind Whincup, on lap 58 and on the same lap Reindler spun off the track and into the wall at turn eleven. The safety car was deployed, reducing Whincup's lead to nothing. Lowndes overtook Whincup on the restart and Whincup and Holdsworth began to slide down the order on hard tyres with the other drivers on soft tyres. Van Gisbergen caught and passed Lowndes with two laps remaining and held on to take his second win of the season.[7]

With Lowndes finishing ahead of Whincup in both races and Whincup's 25-point penalty, the gap between the Triple Eight team mates in the championship decreased from 262 points to 156. Van Gisbergen remained in third place, 261 points behind Whincup.[8] Following the event, Lowndes was fined $10,000 for performing a burnout at the entry to the podium area.[9]

Results[edit]

Results as follows:[1]

Qualifying Race 12[edit]

Qualifying timesheet:[10][11]

Pos No Name Car Team Qualifying Shootout
1 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:09.2123 1:09.1697
2 88 Jamie Whincup Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:09.4666 1:09.1749
3 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:09.5613 1:09.3509
4 17 Steven Johnson Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:09.4370 1:09.3581
5 47 Tim Slade Ford FG Falcon James Rosenberg Racing 1:09.6157 1:09.4035
6 33 Lee Holdsworth Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:09.6496 1:09.4425
7 888 Craig Lowndes Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:09.5040 1:09.6001
8 11 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE Kelly Racing 1:09.5003 1:09.6093
9 49 Steve Owen Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:09.5671 1:10.1316
10 55 Paul Dumbrell Ford FG Falcon Rod Nash Racing 1:09.6445 no time1
11 1 James Courtney Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:09.6744
12 15 Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:09.7195
13 16 David Reynolds Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:09.7198
14 3 Tony D'Alberto Ford FG Falcon Tony D'Alberto Racing 1:09.7815
15 8 Jason Bright Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:09.8073
16 34 Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:09.8080
17 14 Jason Bargwanna Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:09.8170
18 39 Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:09.8397
19 2 Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:09.8419
20 6 Will Davison Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:09.8674
21 61 Fabian Coulthard Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 1:09.8798
22 18 James Moffat Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:09.9412
23 12 Dean Fiore Ford FG Falcon Triple F Racing 1:09.9566
24 4 Alex Davison Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:09.9702
25 7 Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:09.9859
26 19 Jonathon Webb Ford FG Falcon Tekno Autosports 1:10.0551
27 21 Karl Reindler Holden VE Commodore Britek Motorsport 1:10.0872
28 30 Warren Luff Holden VE Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 1:10.1573
  1. ^ - Paul Dumbrell ran off the road at turn one on his shootout lap and opted not to complete the lap.

Race 12[edit]

Race timesheets:[12]

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 Rick Kelly Kelly Racing 42 54:30.8593 12 150
2 17 Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 42 +2.5s 4 138
3 888 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 42 +4.5s 7 129
4 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 42 +5.4s 6 120
5 6 Will Davison Ford Performance Racing 42 +6.0s 20 111
6 3 Tony D'Alberto Tony D'Alberto Racing 42 +6.4s 14 102
7 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 42 +6.6s 3 96
8 14 Jason Bargwanna Brad Jones Racing 42 +7.3s 17 90
9 88 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 42 +8.4s 2 84
10 49 Steve Owen Paul Morris Motorsport 42 +12.8s 9 78
11 34 Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 42 +12.9s 16 72
12 11 Greg Murphy Kelly Racing 42 +13.0s 8 69
13 61 Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Racing 42 +13.4s 21 66
14 18 James Moffat Dick Johnson Racing 42 +13.8s 22 63
15 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 42 +15.6s 1 60
16 7 Todd Kelly Kelly Racing 42 +17.0s 25 57
17 12 Dean Fiore Triple F Racing 42 +17.5s 23 54
18 2 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 42 +18.4s 19 51
19 4 Alex Davison Stone Brothers Racing 42 +18.7s 24 48
20 55 Paul Dumbrell Rod Nash Racing 42 +22.4s 10 45
21 47 Tim Slade James Rosenberg Racing 42 +22.8s 5 42
22 19 Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports 42 +23.1s 26 39
23 39 Russell Ingall Paul Morris Motorsport 42 +24.0s 18 36
24 30 Warren Luff Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 41 + 1 lap 27 33
25 1 James Courtney Holden Racing Team 40 + 2 laps 11 30
Ret 21 Karl Reindler Britek Motorsport 38 Accident 28
Ret 8 Jason Bright Brad Jones Racing 9 Collision 15
Ret 16 David Reynolds Kelly Racing 9 Collision 13

Qualifying Race 13[edit]

Qualifying timesheet:[6]

Pos No Name Car Team Time
1 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:09.7935
2 88 Jamie Whincup Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:09.8556
3 888 Craig Lowndes Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:09.8624
4 33 Lee Holdsworth Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:09.9089
5 3 Tony D'Alberto Ford FG Falcon Tony D'Alberto Racing 1:09.9221
6 6 Will Davison Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:09.9280
7 47 Tim Slade Ford FG Falcon James Rosenberg Racing 1:09.9331
8 17 Steven Johnson Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:10.0067
9 4 Alex Davison Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:10.0298
10 39 Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:10.0305
11 19 Jonathon Webb Ford FG Falcon Tekno Autosports 1:10.1186
12 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:10.1219
13 16 David Reynolds Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:10.1322
14 15 Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:10.1338
15 2 Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:10.1567
16 61 Fabian Coulthard Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 1:10.1681
17 11 Greg Murphy Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:10.1766
18 8 Jason Bright Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:10.1881
19 55 Paul Dumbrell Ford FG Falcon Rod Nash Racing 1:10.2009
20 34 Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:10.2202
21 1 James Courtney Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:10.2220
22 21 Karl Reindler Holden VE Commodore Britek Motorsport 1:10.3047
23 7 Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:10.3243
24 30 Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 1:10.4014
25 12 Dean Fiore Ford FG Falcon Triple F Racing 1:10.4051
26 18 James Moffat Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:10.4504
27 49 Steve Owen Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:10.4593
28 14 Jason Bargwanna Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:10.4973

Race 13[edit]

Race timesheets:[13]

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 69 1:27:04.3716 12 150
2 888 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 69 +0.9s 3 138
3 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 69 +1.7s 1 129
4 47 Tim Slade James Rosenberg Racing 69 +2.1s 7 120
5 39 Russell Ingall Paul Morris Motorsport 69 +5.0s 10 111
6 88 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 69 +7.2s 2 102
7 6 Will Davison Ford Performance Racing 69 +7.8s 6 96
8 4 Alex Davison Stone Brothers Racing 69 +10.7s 9 90
9 17 Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 69 +11.3s 8 84
10 14 Jason Bargwanna Brad Jones Racing 69 +13.0s 28 78
11 55 Paul Dumbrell Rod Nash Racing 69 +13.1s 19 72
12 34 Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 69 +14.7s 20 69
13 18 James Moffat Dick Johnson Racing 69 +16.0s 26 66
14 49 Steve Owen Paul Morris Motorsport 69 +16.1s 27 63
15 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 69 +18.1s 4 60
16 19 Jonathon Webb Tekno Autosports 69 +20.6s 11 57
17 3 Tony D'Alberto Tony D'Alberto Racing 69 +24.7s 5 54
18 61 Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Racing 69 +27.8s 16 51
19 12 Dean Fiore Triple F Racing 69 +29.1s 25 48
20 15 Rick Kelly Kelly Racing 69 +39.6s 14 45
21 16 David Reynolds Kelly Racing 69 +45.5s 13 42
22 11 Greg Murphy Kelly Racing 68 + 1 lap 17 39
23 30 Warren Luff Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 68 + 1 lap 24 36
24 1 James Courtney Holden Racing Team 63 + 6 laps 21 33
25 21 Karl Reindler Britek Motorsport 63 + 6 laps 22 30
26 2 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 56 + 13 laps 15 27
Ret 7 Todd Kelly Kelly Racing 45 Wheel 23
Ret 8 Jason Bright Brad Jones Racing 10 Engine 18

Standings[edit]

  • After 13 of 28 races.[14]
Pos No Name Team Points
1 88 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 1395
2 888 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 1239
3 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 1134
4 15 Rick Kelly Kelly Racing 1082
5 17 Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 1030

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hidden Valley Raceway 19/06/2011 - 2011 Skycity Triple Crown - V8Supercar Championship Race 12&13". National Software. 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Winterbottom Snatches Pole From Whincup in Darwin". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. 2011-06-18. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Rick Kelly Snatches Sensational Darwin Win". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. 2011-06-18. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  4. ^ "Stewards Summary Races 12 & 13, Hidden Valley Raceway". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Race 12 Lap by Lap from Darwin". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. 2011-06-18. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  6. ^ a b "2011 Skycity Triple Crown - V8Supercar Championship Race 12&13 - Hidden Valley Raceway - V8 Supercars - Qualifying Race 13". National Software. 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  7. ^ "Race 13 Lap by Lap". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  8. ^ "2011 Skycity Triple Crown - V8Supercar Championship Race 12&13 - Hidden Valley Raceway - V8 Supercars - Race 13 - Series Points Report". National Software. 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  9. ^ "Breaking News: Lowndes Fined". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series. 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  10. ^ "2011 Skycity Triple Crown - V8Supercar Championship Race 12&13 - Hidden Valley Raceway - V8 Supercars - Qualifying Race 12". National Software. 2011-06-18. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  11. ^ "2011 Skycity Triple Crown - V8Supercar Championship Race 12&13 - Hidden Valley Raceway - V8 Supercars - Top Ten Shootout". National Software. 2011-06-18. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  12. ^ "2011 Skycity Triple Crown - V8Supercar Championship Race 12&13 - Hidden Valley Raceway - V8 Supercars - Race 12". National Software. 2011-06-18. Retrieved 2011-10-18. 
  13. ^ "2011 Skycity Triple Crown - V8Supercar Championship Race 12&13 - Hidden Valley Raceway - V8 Supercars - Race 13". National Software. 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  14. ^ "2011 Skycity Triple Crown - V8Supercar Championship Race 12&13 - Hidden Valley Raceway - V8 Supercars - Race 13 - Series Points Report". National Software. 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
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