- 2008 Winton round of the V8 Supercar Championship
V8 Supercar race report
Date = 1 - 3 August
Year = 2008
Race_No = 8
Season_No = 14
Location = Benalla, Victoria
Winton Motor Raceway
Course_km = 3.0
Distance_laps = 120 (3 x 40 lap races)
Distance_km = 360
Weather = fine
Ford Performance Racing
Pole_Time = 1:22.9727
First_Race1_time = 57:39.1073
First_Team_Race1 = Team Vodafone
Second_Race1_time = 57:41.8313
Second_Team_Race1 = Jim Beam Racing
Third_Race1_time = 57:42.5615
Holden Racing Team
First_Race2_time = 1:01:51.4044
First_Team_Race2 = Jim Beam Racing
Second_Race2_time = 1:01:53.5774
Ford Performance Racing
Third_Race2_time = 1:01:54.9127
Holden Racing Team
First_Race3_time = 59:00.7895
Holden Racing Team
Second_Race3_time = 59:01.2808
Second_Team_Race3 = Team Vodafone
Third_Race3_time = 59:03.0731
Garry Rogers Motorsport
Holden Racing Team
Second_Team = Team Vodafone
Third_Team = Jim Beam Racing|
The eighth round of the V8 Supercar Championship was held at Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla Victoria on the weekend of
August 1to August 3.
Qualifying was held on Saturday
August 2. Chris Pitherrejoined the series driving the Team Kiwi RacingFalcon, replacing Kayne Scottas the team continued to struggle from one drama to the next. Mark Winterbottomwas too quick for the field, securing pole position.
Race 1 was held on Saturday
August 2. Mark Winterbottomstarted from pole position and lead early but a puncture caused by debris dumped the series points leader down the field as he limped the car around, keeping the car on track until the compulsory pit stop window opened. Will Davisonemerged from the pit stop cycle in the race lead but was over taken by Jamie Whincupwhile Davison was vulnerable with cold tyres. Whincup went on to take his fifth race win of the year. Davison ran home for second with Garth Tanderfirst Holden in third. Fourth place was Jason Richardsbest of season for both him and the Tasman Motorsportsteam. Steven Richardswas fifth with Lee Holdsworthfinishing sixth. Todd Kellywas well up in seventh with ninth an excellent result for Michael Caruso. Winterbottom recovered to 21st position.
After racing was completed Holdsworth was penalised 32 seconds after contact with
Rick Kellyhad sent the HSV Dealer Teamdriver off the circuit, dropping him to effectively 18th position.
Race 2 was held on Sunday
August 3. Contact between Jason Richardsand Steven Richardsresulted in Jason Richards spinning in front of the field at just the second corner of the race. Russell Ingallwas put out of the race after contact with Steven Richards damaged the front end of his Commodore as Richards moved right to avoid. Michael Carusowas jammed against the wall by the crashing Jason Richards. Mark Skaifewas punted by another car into a wall on the inside as he tried to avoid the developing accident. The final victim was Steven Richardsa broken rear axle sidelining the Falcon late in the race. The car was given a patch repair and sent out to finish the race to get some points. Will Davisonagain emerged from the pitstop cycle in the lead, this time with enough of a buffer over the second place that he raced on to take his second V8 Supercar race win. Hard-charging Mark Winterbottomblitzed the field to climb into second position after the pitstops. Garth Tanderwas again third ahead of teammates Jamie Whincupand Craig Lowndeswith Rick Kellysixth. Lee Holdsworthrecovered from his penalty for a fine seventh position. He had been the centre of chaos on the grid after he was sent out by his team to start sixth after the Garry Rogers Motorsportteam protested the validity of the overnight stewards meeting that had penalised him. He did take up 18th grid spot however and fought his way back through the field. Jason Brightfinished eighth in a season best result for the struggling Britek Motorsportteam. Shane Van Gisbergenreceived a drive-through penalty for crossing the painted 'blend line' at pit lane exit where the pit lane blends back into the racetrack. He would later received a second drive-through after he made a significant short-cut of the circuit after spearing off. Greg Murphyhad a huge spin after contact with Michael Patrizifor which the young Ford Rising Stars Racingdriver was given a drive-through penalty.
Race 3 was held on Sunday
August 3. Mark Winterbottomgot the jump off the start for Race 3, and led Will Davisonand Garth Tanderinto turn one. However Tander jumped into second place by passing Davison at turn 3 on the opening lap. At the same time as this was happening, race leader Winterbottom locked a front tyre and ran off the circuit onto the grass. Upon re-entering the track he made contact with Todd Kelly, and spun off at turn four, this time into the sand trap. This brought the safety car out on lap one to clear the stuck Ford Performance Racingcar of Winterbottom, with Tander becoming the new race leader and Davison in second. It turned out to be a disasterous race for the Ford Performance Racingteam, with Steven Richardsalso involved in an accident, resulting in a bent steering arm and subsequent retirement from the race.
The order changed at the front of the field after the compulsory pitstops were complete. With
Garth Tanderchoosing to stay out longer before taking his pitstop, Will Davisonand Jamie Whincuppitted, with Whincup performing his stop one lap beforehand. When leaving the pitlane, Davison surrendered second position to Whincup, who was already on warmer tyres. James Courtneywas one of the last of the front-runners to take his pitstop, however a drama with the left rear tyre not been put on properly during the stop resulted in the wheel falling off the car only a few metres from leaving his pitbox. This ruined Courtney's race three hopes, with the team having to use a manual jack to lift the car off the ground to get it back to the pit box.
After his penalty earlier in the day,
Lee Holdsworthrecovered well, coming out in third position after pitting. Tander continued to lead the rest of the race, taking his fifth race victory for the season. The race win also bumped Tander back up into the lead position in the championship.
Results as follows: [cite web | url=http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?03/08/2008.WIN | title=Winton Motor Raceway 03/08/2008 2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series - Round 8 | publisher=National Software | date=
August 3 2008| accessdate=2008-08-03]
* [http://www.natsoft.com.au/cgi-bin/results.cgi?03/08/2008.WIN Official timing and results]
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