by Steve Robbie Australian V8 Supercar Race Report Round 2, Race 2, Clipsal 500, Adelaide Jason Bright won the second race of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide today in spectacular fashion clawing his way from the back of the field to win by 1.3s...
by Steve Robbie
Australian V8 Supercar Race Report
Round 2, Race 2, Clipsal 500, Adelaide
Jason Bright won the second race of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide today in spectacular fashion clawing his way from the back of the field to win by 1.3s and taking the overall lead in the championship.
Bright was involved in a first lap incident caused when SuperCheap Auto's Steven Ellery ran into Garth Tander causing a multiple pileup and forcing the HRT driver to make two unscheduled pitstops in the first 5 laps to repair front-end damage. John Bowe wasn't as lucky and the damage done to his car forced him out of the race on the opening lap.
Yesterdays race winner Craig Lowndes lead the race early but lost track position caused by a relatively poor pitstop strategy which pushed him down the order and well outside the top 10. Driving hard though, Craig set the fastest lap of the weekend and a new lap record in making up lost time.
Mark Skaife meanwhile had lost track position himself after spinning and found himself in thirteenth position with a hard charging Craig Lowndes behind him. Not wanting to lose position to his former teammate Skaife held his line and was hit from behind after Lowndes attempted an inside move resulting in Lowndes hitting the wall and Skaife remaining unscathed. Skaife finished the day in ninth position scoring valuable points for himself and HRT.
Five safety car periods, including two in the first 10 laps, assisted HRT in preparing an excellent pit strategy which eventualised into Jason Bright taking the lead on lap 43 with both compulsory pit stops for tyres and fuel completed. Bright remained unchallenged for the remaining 35 laps with the action focusing down in the pack as Russell Ingall did one better than yesterday and finished in second position while Steven Johnson made his way past Marcos Ambrose, Todd Kelly and Glenn Seton in the last 10 laps to take third.
1. JASON BRIGHT Holden Racing Team Holden 2. RUSSELL INGALL Castrol Perkins Racing Holden 3. STEVEN JOHNSON Shell Helix Racing Ford 4. GLENN SETON Ford Tickford Racing Ford 5. TODD KELLY Kmart Racing Holden 6. MARCOS AMBROSE Pirtek Racing Ford 7. STEVEN RICHARDS Ford Tickford Racing Ford 8. LARRY PERKINS Castrol Perkins Racing Holden 9. MARK SKAIFE Holden Racing Team Holden 10. GREG MURPHY Kmart Racing Holden