V8 Supercars Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint – day 2
It was a busy day in Ipswich with the V8 Supercars event this weekend as the drivers and the teams had a lot of track outings, one practice session, two qualifying sessions and two short races on Saturday. First, there was a practice session on a short track outing of just 15 minutes in which Ford’s driver Chaz Mostert managed to score the best time ahead of Todd Kelly in Nissan and yesterday’s hero Scott McLaughlin in Volvo.
Few hours later, there were two qualifying sessions for two sprint races in the afternoon. The sessions lasted only 10 minutes each which meant that drivers had only a few laps and should drive as fast as they could as soon as they could.
Chaz Mostert managed to be the fastest, earning himself pole position for the first race of the weekend. He was followed by his teammate Mark Winterbottom. However, in the second qualifying session, V8 Supercars veteran Craig Lowndes secured his pole for the second race ahead of Ford duo (Mostert and Winterbottom). Lowndens drives a Holden and this is a rare occasion where Holden is on the first row in this season after dominating last year.
The first race on Saturday was only 20 laps long, but it was very interesting and featured lots of changes in the drivers line up. Ford’s Mark Winterbottom was the winner, managing to snatch the top position from his teammate and finish first. However, Scott McLaughlin was second in Volvo proving the potential of his car and scoring a podium finish, the first this season for Volvo. Third was Craig Lowndes in Holden.
In second sprint race of the day, there was a similar outcome when Winterbottom finished first ahead of Lowndes in Holden which was closely followed by another Ford of Chaz Mostert.
Jamie Whincup, last year’s champion was fifth and it seems that he is not in his top form this season since this was one of his best finishes this year which is kind of disappointing for him.
For full results, click HERE and stay tuned for more coverage tomorrow.