2015 V8 Supercars Winton Supersprint – day 2

Very busy day in Winton, Australia on the second day of Winton SuperSprint V8 Supercars event. Form the morning until the evening Saturday, drivers were on the track, practically whole day. So, there are a lot of things happening and we will get straight into it.

 

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The day started with third practice session which lasted 20 minutes but that was enough for James Courtney in Holden to achieve best time of 1:23:0172. He and his Holden were little quiet on last few events but he showed that he is still fast and that Holdens are competitive on shorter tracks and in the sprint type races. Will Davis, winner from last event was third and his Mercedes is looking like it is going to be very dangerous for other drivers if he keeps running fast times. Jamie Whincup was still down without his rhythm and pace. Here are the results of third practice session:

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After the practice session, came two qualifying sessions each lasting for ten minutes and each dominated by blue Ford Falcon and Chaz Mostert behind the wheel. During those two 10 minutes run, he achieved best time both times. On first qualifying session second was Michael Caruso in Nissan and on the second qualifying session, his teammate Mark Winterbottom was right behind him in another blue Falcon. Here are the qualifying results for first:

 

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And the second qualifying session:

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Finally, in the afternoon, first two races (races 10 and 11 of the championship) were on their way. The both races are only 20 laps long so drivers must press hard from the very start and not make any mistakes. Chaz Mostert started very good, defending his position and keeping the lead until the end. He was clear winner from the start and knowing how he dominates sprint race, there was not any real doubt. The second was his teammate, Mark Winterbottom and the third was Michael Caruso in Nissan. Interestingly, this is great finish for Nissan this season although they had one first place in practice session. Jamie Whincup, was ninth still not fast as he could. Here are the results:

 

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The second race, held late afternoon had the almost same outcome but with a little change. The first was Mark Winnterbottom, second Rick Kelly in Nissan and third Chaz Mostert. The second place for Nissan is best finish in this season and proof that Nissans are as fast as anybody else on the grid. However, on the start of the race, there was a massive accident involving several drivers who all got of the track just after the turn 1. James Courtney was one of those drivers, who got back on the track but can not do anything much. The leading group of drivers wasn’t affected by this accident and Winterbottom safely took his Ford to the first place.

 

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Winterbottom is at the moment second in the championship overall standings and it will be very interesting to see if he will repeat his success tomorrow on endurance race which will last for an hour and half (67 laps), so stay tuned.

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