2008 V8 Supercars Manufacturers Challenge

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Race details
Non-championship V8 Supercar meeting on the Albert Park Street Circuit at Melbourne, Victoria.
Date 13–16 March 2008
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Course Albert Park Street Circuit
km
Distance 69 (13 each race) laps, km
Weather
Pole
Driver Garth Tander Holden Racing Team
Time 1:58.2337
Race 1
First Garth Tander Holden Racing Team
Second Will Davison Jim Beam Racing
Third Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team
Race 2
First Garth Tander Holden Racing Team
Second Will Davison Jim Beam Racing
Third Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing
Race 3
First Garth Tander Holden Racing Team
Second Will Davison Jim Beam Racing
Third Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team
Final standings
First Garth Tander Holden Racing Team
Second Will Davison Jim Beam Racing
Third Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team

The 2008 Sprint Gas V8 Supercars Manufacturers Challenge was the third meeting of the 2008 V8 Supercar season. It was held on the weekend of 13 to 16 March at Albert Park Street Circuit, in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, the capital of Victoria. The meeting was a non-championship affair, conducted under a unique Holden vs Ford format. It was the lead support category for the 2008 Australian Grand Prix.

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying was held on Thursday 13 March. Mark Skaife was fastest as the Holden Racing Team continued its resurgence. Steven Richards shook off his car destroying crash at Eastern Creek to be second fastest ahead of Jason Richards in the Tasman Motorsport Commodore. The end of qualifying was nervous with the first top ten shootout of the season to be held the following day and while Russell Ingall scraped into the top ten, the unique Ford vs Holden rules for this event which demanded five of each manufacturer in the top ten saw Ingall, as the sixth Holden, relegated in favour of the fifth Ford, Steven Johnson. Michael Patrizi qualified 28th on the debut of both himself and his Ford Rising Stars Racing in the main game series.

Top Ten shootout[edit]

The top ten shootout, the first to be held in 2008, was held on Friday 14 March. Garth Tander kept the Holden Racing Team atop the timesheets, picking off pole position, holding off a motivated Craig Lowndes for the position. Steven Richards was third fastest, but would be relegated to fourth on the grid as the Ford vs Holden format stated that the grid would be formed in alternating manufacturer order ahead of outright pace, meaning fifth fastest qualifying Rick Kelly would start third as the second fastest Holden.

Race 1[edit]

Race 1 was held on Friday 12 March immediately after the shootout.

Race 2[edit]

Race 2 was held on Saturday 13 March.

Race 3[edit]

Race 3 was held on Sunday 14 March.

Results[edit]

Results as follows:[1]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Name Car Team Shootout Qualifying
1 1 Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:58.2337 1:58.8971
2 888 Craig Lowndes Ford BF Falcon Team Vodafone 1:58.4953 1:59.2023
3 6 Steven Richards Ford BF Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:58.7328 1:58.6621
4 18 Will Davison Ford BF Falcon Jim Beam Racing 1:58.9980 1:58.7249
5 15 Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore HSV Dealer Team 1:59.0476 1:59.1387
6 3 Jason Richards Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport 1:59.1864 1:58.7134
7 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford BF Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:59.4490 1:59.1371
8 2 Mark Skaife Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:59.7825 1:58.5086
9 14 Cameron McConville Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:59.9566 1:59.1964
10 17 Steven Johnson Ford BF Falcon Jim Beam Racing 2:00.2959 1:59.2450
11 39 Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Supercheap Auto Racing 1:59.2442
12 88 Jamie Whincup Ford BF Falcon Team Vodafone 1:59.2552
13 4 James Courtney Ford BF Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:59.2988
14 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford BF Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:59.3754
15 25 Jason Bright Ford BF Falcon Britek Motorsport 1:59.4549
16 12 Andrew Jones Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:59.4939
17 111 Fabian Coulthard Ford BF Falcon Glenfords Racing 1:59.5730
18 33 Lee Holdsworth Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:59.6715
19 51 Greg Murphy Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport 1:59.6851
20 16 Paul Dumbrell Holden VE Commodore HSV Dealer Team 1:59.8272
21 7 Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 1:59.9082
22 55 Tony D'Alberto Holden VE Commodore Rod Nash Racing 2:00.0081
23 67 Paul Morris Holden VE Commodore Supercheap Auto Racing 2:00.1834
24 50 Andrew Thompson Holden VE Commodore Paul Weel Racing 2:00.3897
25 34 Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 2:00.6498
26 11 Shane Price Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 2:00.8066
27 26 Marcus Marshall Ford BF Falcon Britek Motorsport 2:01.0328
28 777 Michael Patrizi Ford BF Falcon Ford Rising Stars Racing 2:01.7018
29 021 Kayne Scott Ford BF Falcon Team Kiwi Racing 2:02.1051

Race 1 results[edit]

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 13 27:54.4393 1 100
2 18 Will Davison Jim Beam Racing 13 +2.6s 6 92
3 15 Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 13 +2.9s 3 86
4 2 Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 13 +3.3s 7 80
5 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 13 +3.7s 8 74
6 88 Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 13 +6.4s 12 68
7 17 Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 13 +7.0s 10 64
8 14 Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing 13 +7.4s 9 60
9 3 Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 13 +7.8s 5 56
10 51 Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 13 +8.1s 17 52
11 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 13 +8.7s 15 48
12 14 Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing 13 +8.8s 13 46
13 888 Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 13 +9.0s 2 44
14 39 Russell Ingall Supercheap Auto Racing 13 +9.4s 11 42
15 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 13 +9.5s 16 40
16 7 Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 13 +10.2s 21 38
17 11 Shane Price Jack Daniel's Racing 13 +11.5s 29 36
18 55 Tony D'Alberto Rod Nash Racing 13 +12.0s 23 34
19 16 Paul Dumbrell HSV Dealer Team 13 +12.2s 19 32
20 111 Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Racing 13 +12.4s 20 30
21 777 Michael Patrizi Ford Rising Stars Racing 13 +12.8s 24 28
22 50 Andrew Thompson Paul Weel Racing 13 +13.8s 27 26
23 25 Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 13 +14.7s 18 24
24 4 James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 13 +14.9s 14 22
25 34 Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 13 +15.4s 28 20
26 26 Marcus Marshall Britek Motorsport 13 +22.1s 22 18
DNF 67 Paul Morris Team Sirromet Wines 6 25
DNF 021 Kayne Scott Team Kiwi Racing 5 26
DNF 6 Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 0 4

Race 2 results[edit]

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 15 37:45.8517 1 100
2 18 Will Davison Jim Beam Racing 15 +3.3s 2 92
3 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 15 +3.5s 4 86
4 15 Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 15 +4.4s 3 80
5 88 Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 15 +4.6s 6 74
6 2 Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 15 +5.3s 5 68
7 14 Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing 15 +8.7s 15 64
8 39 Russell Ingall Supercheap Auto Racing 15 +8.9s 17 60
9 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 15 +25.1s 13 56
10 14 Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing 15 +10.1s 7 52
11 3 Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 15 +10.5s 9 48
12 6 Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 15 +11.3s 26 46
13 7 Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 15 +11.8s 19 44
14 4 James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 15 +12.2s 14 42
15 17 Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 15 +13.5s 8 40
16 25 Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 15 +20.9s 18 38
17 111 Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Racing 15 +21.9s 14 36
18 34 Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 15 +22.3s 28 34
19 55 Tony D'Alberto Rod Nash Racing 15 +22.7s 23 32
20 67 Paul Morris Team Sirromet Wines 15 +22.9s 29 30
21 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 15 +23.1s 12 28
22 26 Marcus Marshall Britek Motorsport 15 +25.7s 22 26
23 021 Kayne Scott Team Kiwi Racing 15 +26.1s 24 24
24 50 Andrew Thompson Paul Weel Racing 15 +26.6s 27 22
DNF 51 Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 14 11
DNF 777 Michael Patrizi Ford Rising Stars Racing 13 16
DNF 888 Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 12 10
DNF 16 Paul Dumbrell HSV Dealer Team 7 25
DNF 11 Shane Price Jack Daniel's Racing 1 21

Race 3 results[edit]

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points Event Points
1 1 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 16 34:44.3442 1 100
2 18 Will Davison Jim Beam Racing 16 +2.5s 2 92
3 15 Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 16 +4.4s 3 86
4 2 Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 16 +10.4s 5 80
5 39 Russell Ingall Supercheap Auto Racing 16 +12.0s 9 74
6 6 Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 16 +13.3s 8 68
7 4 James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 16 +16.0s 10 64
8 14 Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing 16 +17.2s 13 60
9 17 Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 16 +20.4s 12 56
10 888 Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 16 +20.7s 26 52
11 111 Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Racing 16 +8.6s 16 48
12 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 16 +22.3s 11 46
13 3 Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 16 +26.2s 15 44
14 25 Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 16 +28.1s 14 42
15 55 Tony D'Alberto Rod Nash Racing 16 +28.6s 21 40
16 51 Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 16 +29.8s 27 38
17 34 Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 16 +30.7s 19 36
18 7 Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 16 +35.8s 17 34
19 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 16 +41.6s 18 32
20 777 Michael Patrizi Ford Rising Stars Racing 16 +42.0s 24 30
21 11 Shane Price Jack Daniel's Racing 16 +43.3s 28 28
22 26 Marcus Marshall Britek Motorsport 16 +45.6s 20 26
23 50 Andrew Thompson Paul Weel Racing 16 +47.9s 25 24
24 021 Kayne Scott Team Kiwi Racing 16 +54.1s 22 22
25 14 Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing 16 +1:22.3s 7 20
DNF 67 Paul Morris Team Sirromet Wines 6 23
DNF 88 Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 4 6
DNF 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 1 4
DNS 16 Paul Dumbrell HSV Dealer Team

See also[edit]

2008 Australian Grand Prix

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, 2008 Formula 1 ING Australian Grand Prix". National Software. 16 March 2008. Archived from the original on 22 March 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008. 

External links[edit]

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