V8 Supercars ITM 500 Auckland - races
Interesting and dynamic V8 Supercars weekend just ended with three races held in Auckland, New Zeland. Over 116.000 people was present which just shows how V8 Supercars races are interesting and popular in this part of the world. There were two short races held (21 laps each) on Saturday afternoon and practice and qualifying session on Sunday morning before the big race (69 laps) on Sunday afternoon.
The first two races on Saturday was action packed sprint events with little over 24 minutes of pure and intense racing. In the first race, 2014 V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup was victorious. His confident and precise driving put him on first place in front of Shane van Giesbergen and David Raynolds. However, there was drama in the second race on Saturday when Craig Lowndes had accident while in lead. His tire blow up while he was leading the race causing him to retire early. The race was won by David Raynolds with Whincup on second by all eyes were on Lowndes and his mechanics trying their best to repair the car over night.
With no sleep and big team effort they managed to do so and early Sunday, his Holden was up for practice and qualifying session. However, the fastest driver on practice wasn’t Lowndes but Scott Pye in front of Will Davison in Mercedes. After the 45 minutes practice session came the intense 20 minutes of qualifying where all drivers tried their hardest to achieve best times. Scott McLaughlin was the man with 1.03.1629 minutes which earned him pole position. Behind him were Whincup on second and Pye on third place.
The last race of the weekend, the hour long V8 Supercars battle started at 16:00 local time and it was dominated by Red Bull Australia Team. The 2014 champion, Jamie Whincup was victorious with his teammate Craig Lowndes second and Scott Pye third. This was interesting result since Whincup had disappointing season so far and Lowndes had big troubles with the car and Pye was happy since it was his first podium finish in V8 Supercars series. The champion leader, Mark Winterbottom in Ford finished on 11th place but earning enough points to keep him in the overall lead. For full results, click HERE: