2012 Clipsal 500 Adelaide

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Round 1 of 15 in the 2012 International V8 Supercars Championship on the Adelaide Street Circuit at Adelaide, South Australia.
Date 1–4 March 2012
Location Adelaide, South Australia
Course Adelaide Street Circuit
3.22 km
Distance 156 (2 x 78) laps, 500 km
Weather
Pole
Driver R1: Craig Lowndes

R2: Jamie Whincup
R1: Triple Eight Race Engineering
R2: Triple Eight Race Engineering
Time R1: 1:21.2738
R2: 1:20.5353
Race 1
First Jamie Whincup 1:56:34.2914 Triple Eight Race Engineering
Second Will Davison 1:56:39.8163 Ford Performance Racing
Third Garth Tander 1:56:55.0784 Holden Racing Team
Race 2
First Will Davison 1:48:31.4231 Ford Performance Racing
Second Mark Winterbottom 1:48:36.2684 Ford Performance Racing
Third Garth Tander 1:48:40.5133 Holden Racing Team
Final standings
First Will Davison Ford Performance Racing 288 pts
Second Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 270 pts
Third Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 258 pts
The Holden VE Commodore of Russell Ingall at the 2012 Clipsal 500 Adelaide

The 2012 Clipsal 500 was a motor race for the Australian sedan-based V8 Supercars. It was the first event of the 2012 International V8 Supercars Championship, and the fourteenth running of the Clipsal 500. It was held on the weekend of 1–4 March at the Adelaide Street Circuit, in Adelaide, South Australia.

Report[edit]

Race 1[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Triple Eight Race Engineering driver Craig Lowndes qualified on pole position for the first race — his pole at the Adelaide parklands circuit — ahead of Garth Tander and Will Davison.[1] Lowndes' team-mate and reigning series champion Jamie Whincup qualified fifth, having started on the front row of the grid at every race since 2007.

Pos. No. Name Car Team Time
1 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:21.2738
2 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:21.2908
3 6 Australia Will Davison Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:21.4194
4 19 Australia Jonathon Webb Holden VE Commodore Tekno Autosports 1:21.5164
5 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:21.5468
6 47 Australia Tim Slade Ford FG Falcon James Rosenberg Racing 1:21.6288
7 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:21.7093
8 55 Australia David Reynolds Ford FG Falcon Rod Nash Racing 1:21.8078
9 14 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:22.0289
10 9 New Zealand Shane Van Gisbergen Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:22.3105
11 7 Australia Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 1:21.2386
12 3 Australia Tony D'Alberto Ford FG Falcon Tony D'Alberto Racing 1:21.3746
13 22 Australia James Courtney Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:21.4035
14 15 Australia Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 1:21.4148
15 4 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:21.4880
16 34 Australia Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:21.4966
17 49 Australia Steve Owen Ford FG Falcon Paul Morris Motorsport 1:21.5431
18 17 Australia Steven Johnson Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:21.5915
19 18 Australia James Moffat Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:21.5928
20 66 Australia Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 1:21.7532
21 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:21.7964
22 12 Australia Dean Fiore Ford FG Falcon Triple F Racing 1:21.9426
23 30 Australia Taz Douglas Holden VE Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 1:22.1907
24 33 France Alexandre Prémat Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:22.1991
25 21 Australia David Wall Holden VE Commodore Britek Motorsport 1:22.4358
26 8 Australia Jason Bright Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:29.3326
11 Australia Karl Reindler Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing no time
EX 91 Australia Michael Patrizi Holden VE Commodore Tekno Autosports 1:21.68021
Source:[2]
Notes
^1Michael Patrizi was moved to the back of the grid for ignoring red flags during qualifying.

Race[edit]

Garth Tander took an early lead in the race, but was re-passed by Craig Lowndes after three drivers — James Courtney, Jason Bright and Taz Douglas — crashed heavily at Turn 8. Shortly after the accident Jamie Whincup switched from a two-stop to a three-stop strategy as Will Davison took the lead of the race, leading team-mate Mark Winterbottom. David Reynolds also crashed at Turn 8 just before lap 50, prompting an early round of pit stops and forcing the leaders to enter fuel-saving mode. Whincup used his shorter fuelling window and a brand-new set of tyres to catch the leaders, passing Davison at the hairpin on the final lap when Davison ran out of fuel. Tander finished third after Winterbottom was forced to pit for fuel himself.

Pos. No. Name Car Team Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 78 1:56:34.2914 5
2 6 Australia Will Davison Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 78 1:56:39.8163 3
3 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 78 1:56:55.0784 2
4 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 78 1:57:13.5690 1
5 4 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 78 1:57:14.0389 15
6 14 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 78 1:57:15.1127 9
7 15 Australia Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 78 1:57:16.0684 14
8 7 Australia Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 78 1:57:16.8003 11
9 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 78 1:57:18.8675 7
10 17 Australia Steven Johnson Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 78 1:57:20.0157 18
11 9 New Zealand Shane Van Gisbergen Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 78 1:57:21.3316 10
12 47 Australia Tim Slade Ford FG Falcon James Rosenberg Racing 78 1:57:22.0020 6
13 66 Australia Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 78 1:57:26.8003 20
14 91 Australia Michael Patrizi Holden VE Commodore Tekno Autosports 78 1:57:32.3598 28
15 18 Australia James Moffat Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 78 1:57:34.0494 19
16 12 Australia Dean Fiore Ford FG Falcon Triple F Racing 78 1:57:38.0943 22
17 33 France Alexandre Prémat Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 78 1:57:50.6825 PL2
18 21 Australia David Wall Holden VE Commodore Britek Motorsport 77 1:56:39.7479 25
19 49 Australia Steve Owen Ford FG Falcon Paul Morris Motorsport 77 1:56:46.5581 17
20 11 Australia Karl Reindler Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 77 1:57:25.1651 27
21 3 Australia Tony D'Alberto Ford FG Falcon Tony D'Alberto Racing 77 1:57:28.8299 12
22 34 Australia Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 77 1:57:39.1991 16
23 19 Australia Jonathon Webb Holden VE Commodore Tekno Autosports 76 1:56:40.7697 4
24 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 67 1:56:53.0618 21
Ret 55 Australia David Reynolds Ford FG Falcon Rod Nash Racing 44 Accident 8
Ret 22 Australia James Courtney Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 4 Accident 13
Ret 30 Australia Taz Douglas Holden VE Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 4 Accident 23
Ret 8 Australia Jason Bright Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 4 Accident PL2
Source:[3]
Notes

Race 2[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

After missing pole position for Race 1, Jamie Whincup claimed his first pole of the season, beating Garth Tander by one-tenth of a second. The twenty-minute qualifying session saw a heavy collision between Greg Murphy and Jonathon Webb when Webb slowed on the approach to the final corner, attempting to create a window of clean air for a flying lap. Murphy, already on a flying lap himself, came around the penultimate corner at speed and was unable to move aside in time, rear-ending Webb's car. The accident was heavy enough to remove both cars out of the race.

Pos. No. Name Car Team Time
1 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:20.5353
2 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:20.6395
3 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:20.6436
4 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:20.8034
5 15 Australia Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 1:20.8160
6 6 Australia Will Davison Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:20.9112
7 4 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:20.9115
8 47 Australia Tim Slade Ford FG Falcon James Rosenberg Racing 1:20.9172
9 9 New Zealand Shane Van Gisbergen Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:20.9816
10 34 Australia Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:20.9816
11 55 Australia David Reynolds Ford FG Falcon Rod Nash Racing 1:21.1962
12 15 Australia Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 1:21.3300
13 3 Australia Tony D'Alberto Ford FG Falcon Tony D'Alberto Racing 1:21.3329
14 14 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:21.4095
15 8 Australia Jason Bright Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:21.4880
16 17 Australia Steven Johsnon Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:21.4408
17 91 Australia Michael Patrizi Holden VE Commodore Tekno Autosports 1:21.5278
18 49 Australia Steve Owen Ford FG Falcon Paul Morris Motorsport 1:21.5429
19 12 Australia Dean Fiore Ford FG Falcon Triple F Racing 1:21.6351
20 18 Australia James Moffat Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:21.6741
21 66 Australia Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 1:21.7964
22 33 France Alexandre Prémat Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:21.8156
23 30 Australia Taz Douglas Holden VE Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 1:22.0928
24 11 Australia Karl Reindler Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:22.3120
25 21 Australia David Wall Holden VE Commodore Britek Motorsport 1:22.4150
22 Australia James Courtney Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team no time3
DNS 19 Australia Jonathon Webb Holden VE Commodore Tekno Autosports 1:21.68024
DNS 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 6:38.18264
Source:[4]
Notes
^3James Courtney failed to set a lap time after damaging his gearbox.
^4Jonathon Webb[5] and Greg Murphy[6] did not start the race after a heavy collision in qualifying.

Race[edit]

Garth Tander lead the race away once again, but was caught and passed by Jamie Whincup before the first round of stops, and then the Fords of Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom after the stops. Whincup's car was reported to develop a misfire and was soon caught by Davison and Winterbottom, who also went on to pass Tander. The race was uninterrupted by safety cars, and Davison and Winterbottom went on to claim a one-two finish for Ford Performance Racing.

Mark Winterbottom placed 2nd in the 2012 Clipsal 500 Adelaide
Pos. No. Name Car Team Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 6 Australia Will Davison Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 78 1:48:31.4231 6
2 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 78 1:48:36.2684 3
3 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 78 1:48:40.5133 2
4 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 78 1:48:52.5977 1
5 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VE Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 78 1:48:57.7579 4
6 9 New Zealand Shane Van Gisbergen Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 78 1:48:58.9003 9
7 55 Australia David Reynolds Ford FG Falcon Rod Nash Racing 78 1:49:11.2822 11
8 4 Australia Lee Holdsworth Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 78 1:49:15.7393 7
9 14 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 78 1:57:16.8003 11
10 47 Australia Tim Slade Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 78 1:49:25.8270 8
11 15 Australia Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 78 1:49:26.2042 5
12 3 Australia Tony D'Alberto Ford FG Falcon Tony D'Alberto Racing 78 1:49:36.7330 13
13 66 Australia Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 78 1:49:51.2999 21
14 49 Australia Steve Owen Ford FG Falcon Paul Morris Motorsport 77 1:48:44.5064 18
15 91 Australia Michael Patrizi Holden VE Commodore Tekno Autosports 77 1:48:47.1507 17
16 8 Australia Jason Bright Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 77 1:48:49.4786 15
17 17 Australia Steven Johnson Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 77 1:48:55.2931 16
18 33 France Alexandre Prémat Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 77 1:49:03.0024 22
19 12 Australia Dean Fiore Ford FG Falcon Triple F Racing 77 1:49:04.1539 19
20 11 Australia Karl Reindler Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 77 1:49:19.0405 24
21 21 Australia David Wall Holden VE Commodore Britek Motorsport 77 1:49:21.8256 25
22 34 Australia Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 77 1:49:22.2612 10
23 7 Australia Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 77 1:49:27.9235 12
24 30 Australia Taz Douglas Holden VE Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 76 1:49:35.7057 4
25 22 Australia James Courtney Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 65 1:49:30.9975 PL5
Ret 18 Australia James Moffat Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 16 Power steering 20
DNS 19 Australia Jonathon Webb Holden VE Commodore Tekno Autosports 0 Collision DNS
DNS 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 0 Collision DNS
Source:[7]
Notes

Standings[edit]

  • After 2 of 30 races.
Pos No Name Team Points
1 6 Will Davison Ford Performance Racing 288
2 1 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 270
3 2 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 258
4 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 222
5 888 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 206

References[edit]

  1. ^ Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus © (2012-03-02). "Craig Lowndes takes first pole position of 2012". Speedcafe. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  2. ^ "Craig Lowndes takes first V8 Supercars pole of 2012 in Adelaide – V8 Supercar news". Autosport.com. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Jamie Whincup wins thrilling V8 Supercars opener in Adelaide – V8 Supercar news". Autosport.com. 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  4. ^ Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus © (2012-03-04). "Jamie Whincup takes pole as carnage continues". Speedcafe. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  5. ^ Author: Grant Rowley © (2012-03-04). "Webb Commodore in doubt for AGP". Speedcafe. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  6. ^ Author: SpeedCafe © (2012-03-04). "Accident rules Greg Murphy out of Clipsal 500". Speedcafe. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  7. ^ "Will Davison leads Ford Performance Racing one-two in Adelaide V8 Supercars race – V8 Supercar news". Autosport.com. 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 


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