2011 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

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2011 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
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The 2011 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 was an Australian touring car motor race for V8 Supercars. The race was on Sunday, 9 October 2011 at the Mount Panorama Circuit just outside Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia and was Race 20 of the 2011 International V8 Supercars Championship. It was the fifteenth running of the Australian 1000 race, first held after the organisational split over the Bathurst 1000 that occurred in 1997. It was also the 55th race for which the lineage can be traced back to the 1960 Armstrong 500 held at Phillip Island.

Race details
Round 10 of 14 in the 2011 International V8 Supercars Championship on the Mount Panorama Circuit at Bathurst, New South Wales.
Date 6–9 October 2011
Location Bathurst, New South Wales
Course Mount Panorama Circuit
6.213 km
Distance 161 laps, 1000 km
Weather
Pole
Driver Greg Murphy Kelly Racing
Time 2:08.8009
Race 1
First Garth Tander
Nick Percat
6hr 26min 52.2691 Holden Racing Team
Second Craig Lowndes
Mark Skaife
+0.3s Triple Eight Race Engineering
Third Greg Murphy
Allan Simonsen
+11.8s Kelly Racing
Final standings
First Garth Tander
Nick Percat
Holden Racing Team 300 pts
Second Craig Lowndes
Mark Skaife
Triple Eight Race Engineering 276 pts
Third Greg Murphy
Allan Simonsen
Kelly Racing 258 pts

The race was won by Garth Tander and Nick Percat of the Holden Racing Team by 0.3 of a second over defending race winners Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife of the Triple Eight Race Engineering team. Tander was forced to resist a last minute charge from Lowndes as Tander's car faded in the closing laps. The Kelly Racing car of Greg Murphy and Allan Simonsen finished third, completing a Holden Commodore clean sweep of the podium positions. Percat became the first South Australian born driver to win the Bathurst 1000, although South Australian raised Russell Ingall had won the race previously.

Background[edit]

The race saw expanded international television coverage with United States-based cable channel Speed broadcast the race live throughout North America,[1] the first time a V8 Supercar race had been televised live on the continent. The network sent its own commentary team, with well-regarded lead Mike Joy, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip, pit reporters Calvin Fish, and former Network Ten commentator Leigh Diffey (who led Ten's coverage of the race in the late 1990s and early 2000s).[2] The network's decision to broadcast this race, as well as the Gold Coast 600, came on the heels of the series' announcement that it would stage a round in the United States, beginning in 2013.[3]

Practice[edit]

Thursday practice was plagued by rain and rumours over the condition of Dunlop's supply of wet weather tyres.[4] Fog caused the third practice session to be cancelled while the tyre supply situation was clarified.[5]

Tim Slade in the James Rosenberg Racing Falcon was fastest in the first session on Thursday, setting a 2:24.2255 lap time in damp conditions. Slade's Stone Brothers Racing team mate Shane Van Gisbergen was second fastest ahead of James Moffat. Reigning series champion James Courtney was the fastest Holden, 1.4 seconds behind Slade.[6] The second session, only for co-drivers, was slower and wetter. Ford Performance Racing's Steven Richards was fastest at 2:27.8960, over three seconds behind the previous session. David Besnard (Dick Johnson Racing) was second fastest ahead of the first Holden, David Russell of Kelly Racing who was just ahead of 2010 Bathurst winner, Mark Skaife.

The Friday morning session gained new importance when V8 Supercar series points leader Jamie Whincup crashed at the Cutting, crashing hard enough to bend his car's chassis rails.[7] Cameron McConville took his Holden Racing Team Commodore to the top of the co-driver practice session ahead of Skaife and Richards, with McConville setting a 2:09.8765 in the dry,[8] while Shane Van Gisbergen set the fastest time of the meeting thus far at 2:07.6035, ahead of Whincup prior to his crash and Mark Winterbottom,[9] while Brad Jones Racing left the #14 Holden of Jason Bargwanna and Shane Price on the sidelines, changing an engine.[10]

Qualifying[edit]

Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander set the fastest lap time during the qualifying session on Friday. Tander set a 2:07.6640 lap time to secure the prime final position in the Top Ten Shootout to be held on Saturday morning. Tander set the time late in the session and was good enough to held off a last lap effort from Mark Winterbottom. Winterbottom was five hundredths of a second slower than Tander with Jamie Whincup three hundredths further away in his repaired Commodore. David Reynolds and Kelly Racing team mate Greg Murphy climbed up the order on their final laps. Craig Lowndes (Triple Eight Race Engineering), James Courtney, Lee Holdsworth (Garry Rogers Motorsport), Shane Van Gisbergen and Steve Owen (Paul Morris Motorsport) secured the other positions in the top ten shootout. Will Davison just missed out on the top ten by five hundredths of a second with his Ford Performance Racing team mate Paul Dumbrell also just missing out in the final moments. Alex Davison (Stone Brothers Racing), Michael Caruso (Garry Rogers Motorsport) and Tim Slade completed the top 15.[11] Following the session, Lee Holdsworth was demoted five grid positions after he missed the scales at the end of qualifying. The penalty sees Will Davison move into the top ten shootout.[12]

29th and last was the Kelly Racing Commodore of TV weather presenter Grant Denyer who made a return to racing after a long layoff to mentor the winner of a reality TV competition aimed at discovering young racing drivers. The winner, Cameron Waters, became the youngest driver to ever compete for the race.[13]

The only serious set-back in qualifying was a last lap crash when Jason Bargwanna hit the wall at the Esses, heavily damaging the front end of his Brad Jones Racing Commodore.[14]

Shootout[edit]

Will Davison was the first driver out in the shootout, setting a time of 2:08.8821. Steve Owen, Shane Van Gisbergen, James Courtney and Craig Lowndes all failed to better Davison's time, Lowndes coming closest with a 2:09.2197. 2003 pole-sitter Greg Murphy was three tenths up at the first split and went on to beat Davison by eight one hundredths of a second with a 2:08.8009, which would prove to be the pole time. Murphy's team mate David Reynolds complained of smoke in the cabin from a gearbox issue at the start of his lap, going slowest with a 2:10.1570. Jamie Whincup, Mark Winterbottom and Garth Tander all had their laps ruined when rain started to fall, Whincup having a few moments on his lap. Winterbottom coasted around to take tenth place while Tander pushed a bit harder to take ninth.[15][16]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Name Car Team Time
1 2 Garth Tander
Nick Percat
Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 2:07.6640
2 5 Mark Winterbottom
Steven Richards
Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 2:07.7187
3 88 Jamie Whincup
Andrew Thompson
Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 2:07.7408
4 16 David Reynolds
Tim Blanchard
Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 2:07.8371
5 11 Greg Murphy
Allan Simonsen
Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 2:07.9126
6 888 Craig Lowndes
Mark Skaife
Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 2:08.0024
7 1 James Courtney
Cameron McConville
Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 2:08.0035
8 9 Shane Van Gisbergen
John McIntyre
Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 2:08.0955
9 49 Steve Owen
Paul Morris
Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 2:08.1411
10 6 Will Davison
Luke Youlden
Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 2:08.1982
11 55 Paul Dumbrell
Dean Canto
Ford FG Falcon Rod Nash Racing 2:08.2443
12 4 Alex Davison
David Brabham
Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 2:08.2887
13 33 Lee Holdsworth
Greg Ritter
Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 2:08.09421
14 34 Michael Caruso
Marcus Marshall
Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 2:08.4464
15 47 Tim Slade
Daniel Gaunt
Ford FG Falcon James Rosenberg Racing 2:08.4721
16 15 Rick Kelly
Owen Kelly
Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 2:08.5250
17 18 James Moffat
Matt Halliday
Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 2:08.6631
18 8 Jason Bright
Andrew Jones
Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 2:08.6681
19 7 Todd Kelly
David Russell
Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 2:08.7271
20 61 Fabian Coulthard
Craig Baird
Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 2:08.7746
21 14 Jason Bargwanna
Shane Price
Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 2:09.1155
22 30 Warren Luff
Nathan Pretty
Holden VE Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 2:09.1503
23 3 Tony D'Alberto
Dale Wood
Ford FG Falcon Tony D'Alberto Racing 2:09.1503
24 17 Steven Johnson
David Besnard
Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 2:09.3076
25 200 Russell Ingall
Jack Perkins
Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 2:09.3328
26 19 Jonathon Webb
Richard Lyons
Ford FG Falcon Tekno Autosports 2:09.4017
27 21 Karl Reindler
David Wall
Holden VE Commodore Britek Motorsport 2:09.4020
28 12 Dean Fiore
Michael Patrizi
Ford FG Falcon Triple F Racing 2:10.0191
29 77 Grant Denyer
Cameron Waters
Holden VE Commodore Kelly RacingShannons-Mars Racing 2:11.7371
source[17]

Notes:

^1Lee Holdsworth qualified eighth and was eligible to take part in the Top Ten Shootout, but failed to present his car to the race stewards after qualifying and was given a five-place grid penalty. Will Davison was promoted to tenth and the Shootout in his place.[12]

Top ten shootout[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Time
1 11 Greg Murphy Kelly Racing 2:08.8009
2 6 Will Davison Ford Performance Racing 2:08.8821
3 888 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 2:09.2197
4 1 James Courtney Holden Racing Team 2:09.2359
5 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 2:09.3820
6 49 Steve Owen Paul Morris Motorsport 2:09.5177
7 16 David Reynolds Kelly Racing 2:10.1570
8 88 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 2:26.6012
9 2 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 2:31.3934
10 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 2:52.0682
source[18]

Race results[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Garth Tander
Nick Percat
Holden Racing Team 161 6:26:52.2691 9 300
2 888 Craig Lowndes
Mark Skaife
Triple Eight Race Engineering 161 +0.3s 3 276
3 11 Greg Murphy
Allan Simonsen
Kelly Racing 161 +11.8s 1 258
4 5 Mark Winterbottom
Steven Richards
Ford Performance Racing 161 +19.5s 10 240
5 8 Jason Bright
Andrew Jones
Brad Jones Racing 161 +19.9s 18 222
6 9 Shane Van Gisbergen
John McIntyre
Stone Brothers Racing 161 +33.6s 5 204
7 1 James Courtney
Cameron McConville
Holden Racing Team 161 +36.2s 4 192
8 200 Russell Ingall
Jack Perkins
Paul Morris Motorsport 161 +37.2s 25 180
9 3 Tony D'Alberto
Dale Wood
Tony D'Alberto Racing 161 +41.6s 23 168
10 34 Michael Caruso
Marcus Marshall
Garry Rogers Motorsport 161 +47.8s 14 156
11 49 Steve Owen
Paul Morris
Paul Morris Motorsport 161 +49.7s 6 144
12 47 Tim Slade
Daniel Gaunt
James Rosenberg Racing 161 +50.1s 15 138
13 19 Jonathon Webb
Richard Lyons
Tekno Autosports 161 +50.9s 26 132
14 21 Karl Reindler
David Wall
Britek Motorsport 161 +55.3s 27 126
15 30 Warren Luff
Nathan Pretty
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 161 +1m 4.8s 22 120
16 4 Alex Davison
David Brabham
Stone Brothers Racing 161 +1m 11.8s 12 114
17 33 Lee Holdsworth
Greg Ritter
Garry Rogers Motorsport 161 +1m 37.6s 13 108
18 6 Will Davison
Luke Youlden
Ford Performance Racing 161 +1m 48.3s 2 102
19 16 David Reynolds
Tim Blanchard
Kelly Racing 161 +2m 3.3s 7 96
20 12 Dean Fiore
Michael Patrizi
Triple F Racing 160 + 1 lap 28 90
21 88 Jamie Whincup
Andrew Thompson
Triple Eight Race Engineering 160 + 1 lap 8 84
22 15 Rick Kelly
Owen Kelly
Kelly Racing 159 + 2 laps 16 78
23 14 Jason Bargwanna
Shane Price
Brad Jones Racing 158 + 3 laps 21 72
24 7 Todd Kelly
David Russell
Kelly Racing 154 + 7 laps 19 66
25 18 James Moffat
Matt Halliday
Dick Johnson Racing 146 + 15 laps 17 60
Ret 55 Paul Dumbrell
Dean Canto
Ford Performance Racing 144 Accident 11
Ret 17 Steven Johnson
David Besnard
Dick Johnson Racing 112 Accident 24
Ret 77 Grant Denyer
Cameron Waters
Kelly RacingShannons-Mars Racing 95 Accident 29
Ret 61 Fabian Coulthard
Craig Baird
Walkinshaw Racing 13 Accident 20
source[19]

Championship standings[edit]

  • After 20 of 28 races, the top five positions in the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship drivers standings were as follows:
Pos No Name Team Points
1 888 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 2329
2 88 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 2229
3 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 1920
4 2 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 1848
5 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 1687

References[edit]

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