Konica: Eastern Creek Sunday race notes

Andrew Jones Takes Two Round Wins in a Row Team BOC's Andrew Jones has taken out the fourth round of the Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series at Eastern Creek Raceway this afternoon pushing him up to equal second position on the championship points...

Andrew Jones Takes Two Round Wins in a Row

Team BOC's Andrew Jones has taken out the fourth round of the Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series at Eastern Creek Raceway this afternoon pushing him up to equal second position on the championship points table behind Super Cheap Auto Racing's Luke Youlden who finished third overall for the weekend.

Jones' consistent weekend of three second positions in all three races gave him his second round win in a row after he took out the last round of the series at Winton Motor Raceway pushing him up from 6th spot in the championship into second, equal with Howard Racing's Cameron McLean.

"It is a bit strange sitting here with two guys who won races today and I am the one who has won the round without a race win," Jones said in the post-race press conference. "Obviously we are very satisfied with the performance we have had over the weekend though and the main thing for us is to win rounds and that's what we are here for.

"The win this weekend has pushed us up from sixth position to equal second and now all we have to do is keep going to rounds and put pressure on Luke (Youlden) and his team. But who knows, there are a lot of things involved in this industry that are out of our control so we will have to wait and see how the remaining two rounds pan out."

Team Fujitsu's Owen Kelly finished second overall for the round, missing out on taking the round by a mere four points. Kelly won the first and third races on the day, but a fifth position in the reverse grid race two allowed Jones to take the top spot after he worked his way through the field from the last row on the grid to finish second.

In perfect Sydney conditions, the records continued to be broken today following on from Jones' new practice lap record that he donned from yesterday's qualifying session. He continued his fine form beating the race record that was held by last years series champion Mark Winterbottom with a lap time of 1.34.4490. It did not last long though, with Kelly having the last laugh of the day with a lap time of 1.34.2246 on lap four of race three.

The day did not go without dramas however, as the reverse grid race two took its toll on a number of competitors with two safety car periods extending the 12-lap race to 17. Amongst those involved in incidents in race three were Car Trek Racing's Robert Jones and newly appointed Shane Beikoff Racing driver Alex Yoong, the damage was enough to the Shane Beikoff Racing Ford Falcon that Yoong was restricted to watch the race from the side lines for the third and final race.

It was also not a good day for the two PCR/Actron Air Racing either as Kevin Mundy could not capitalise on his front row start in race one, finishing the day in thirteenth position overall. His team-mate Marcus Zukanovic encountered similar problems when his passenger side front door was smashed in race two and he had to limp back to the pits to get the problem resurrected for race three.

Smiths Trucks' Lee Holdsworth eventually took out the second race getting through the 17-lap race unscathed to take out his first ever race win in convincing fashion ahead of Jones and Sydney Star Racing's Grant Elliot.

Youlden has managed to extend his championship lead with his third place today, now sitting 84 points ahead of Jones and Mclean.

"Our main aim for this year is to win the championship," Youlden said. "We are happy enough to finish on the podium this weekend and now we just have to keep on doing it until the last round of the series. The car definitely had the best set up in race three so hopefully we can carry this on to the next round in Queensland."

The next round of the Konica Minolta V8 Supercar Series will be held at Queensland Raceway on July 2-4, where it will run as the main support category to the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

-avesco-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Alex Yoong , Andrew Jones , Mark Winterbottom , Luke Youlden , Cameron McLean , Owen Kelly , Kevin Mundy , Lee Holdsworth , Robert Jones