2015 V8 Supercars - Clipsal 500 race
It has been a fantastic weekend in Adelaide during the first V8 Supercars event of the 2015 season. Starting Thursday, 26th of February, the Clipsal 500 included a lot more than three V8 Supercars races and during the four day event, the racing fans had a chance to see the Tourning car race, GT Championship race, V8 Ute championship race, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and some drag racing, rock concerts and Ferrari exhibit. However, the main series is V8 Supercars and the whole event consisted of three races, two held on Saturday and one on Sunday afternoon. The first and second race are shorter (125 kilometers) but the last race is 250 km long. In almost all V8 Supercars events there is a single short race called Top Ten Shootout where ten fastest drivers have chance to win cash prize by driving the fastest lap.
The qualifications for the first two races were held on Friday and last year champion, Jamie Whincup, achieved a best time for pole position on the race one. Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin was second and third and perspective Chaz Mostert in Ford Falcon was fourth. For the second qualifying session things looked almost the same with Whincup securing the pole position again.
The race one started Saturday afternoon and lasted around an hour during which the drivers did 39 laps. The winner was Jamie Whincup repeating his performance during qualifications. The second was Chaz Mostert proving that the Ford Falcon is better car than the year before. Fabian Coulthard was third and Whinecup’s teammate Craig Lowndes was fourth. However, on the warm up lap of the first race, accident happened when Volvo S60 caught fire and Scott McLaughlin was forced to abandoned his car. The race two, started hour and a half later and it was more interesting than the first one. Fabian Coulthard won and James Courtney and Craig Lowndes were second and third in Holdens. The active champion, Whinecup, had a tire problems with his left rear wheel during the braking. He managed to get to the pits but he was so far behind that he finished the race on last, 21st place. The Ford driver, Chaz Mostert had to retire after his car hit the wall because oversteer. The accident was not serious but cost him his points in second race.
The qualifications for the third race started Sunday morning and Shane Van Gisbergen in Holden got the pole position. James Moffat in a Nissan was second which is a very interesting result and James Courtney was third. The Triple Eight Racing driver and active champion, Jamie Whincup was fifth and Chaz Mostert was at the end of the grid on the 17th place. After the qualifying session for the race three came the Top Ten Shootout which was won by experienced James Courtney in Holden, followed by Fabian Coulthard and Jamie Whincup. The Volvo driver, Scott McLaughlin was fourth proving that Volvo S60 have lot of potential and could upset the Holden domination. The third and the final race of this event started in afternoon and lasted almost two hours, finishing in sunset. The winner was James Courtney and Shane Van Gisbergen was second and Garth Tander, another Holden driver, was third. The first two drivers had a magnificent track battle during the last 20 laps of the race,never more then half a second apart. Courtney showed the high level of the concentration and skill during this race. However, at the last lap of the race, there was a controversial accident involving Jamie Whincup and Chaz Mostert. During the overtaking by Mostert, Whincup clipped the back of Chaz’s Falcon causing him to lost control and hit the concrete wall. Whincup continued the race and finished fourth but Mostert was forced to retire.