V8 Supercars – SKYCITY Triple Crown Darwin qualifying and race 1&2
Busy day at Hidden Valley track at Darwin, Australia with V8 Superars event in full swing with two qualifying session and two sprint races in the afternoon. After the fantastic performance by David Reynolds in his Ford on Friday and beating the track record, Reynolds wasn’t successful at qualifying. The qualifying itself was very quick session with just 10 minutes each in which drivers had to push hard in order to achieve best time. It is possible that Reynolds just didn’t had the time to score better lap but his colleagues did.
The pole position for the first race of the weekend was won by James Courtney in his Holden with Ford driver Chaz Mostert on second and another Holden of Jamie Whincup on third. After the first qualifying session come another where Nissan driver Rick Kelly was fastest and won the pole for second race of the day. Behind him was Fabian Coulthard in Holden and Chaz Mostert in Ford.
The races were short sprint type with only 21 laps so the pole position is very important but is not guaranteed win. That is exactly what happened during the first race when Chaz Mostert catapulted himself from second to first and won the race with no problems. During this season, Ford was very successful on short, sprint tracks and this was proven at this race.
However, the second race was more interesting and had an epic finish when Craig Lowndes won in his 100th win of the career. The first two drivers Kelly and Coulthard had gone of the track in first lap so Lowndens charged forward on first position which he kept trough out the race winning his 100th V8 Supercars race. This is more than regular win for him and it is the crown of his successful V8 Supercars career from 1996 when hi first started.