Surfers Paradise: Caltex Racing race three report

INGALL SECOND FOR CALTEX ON THE GOLD COAST Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall has finished second in the V8 Supercar Challenge, round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, on the Gold Coast today. Ingall led the way for the Caltex...


Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall has finished second in the V8 Supercar Challenge, round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, on the Gold Coast today.

Ingall led the way for the Caltex contingent, overcoming issues such as a missing sway bar, problem-fraught pit stops and a puncture in race three to bring it home with two third places in both of today's final sprint races on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

Capitalising on his #9 Caltex Racing's strong drive and speed off the corners of the notoriously hard Gold Coast circuit, Ingall's result today saw him jump up the championship standings from 11th to ninth with only three rounds remaining.

Next on round results list for the Caltex-backed drivers was Jamie Whincup aboard the #88 TeamVodafone Falcon, coming home fourth for the round after a heartbreaking spin in the final race today saw him drop of a potential round winning position.

Whincup was in a strong position after placing second in both the proceeding sessions and would have won the round if he had been able to hold onto his leading spot for the final laps, however the spin on turn three put paid to what could have been.

James Courtney and his #4 Jeld-Wen Falcon toiled through today's final two races through the circuit's changing conditions, with strong results seeing him place seventh overall for the round and enjoy a tough battle with Jason Bargwanna during the final stages of the this afternoon's final 27 lap stint.

Craig Lowndes and the Caltex-backed #888 TeamVodafone Falcon also had a day of mixed results with a impact resulting from a glance of the concrete barrier whilst exiting the back chicane causing the rear bumper to come loose. Lowndes was issued with a mechanical black flag and subsequently dropped to 24th.

Race Three saw Craig consistently advance through the field finishing seventh and eighth overall for the round.

Garth Tander won the round ahead of Ingall and Jason Richards. Whincup maintained his championship lead with a ten-point lead ahead of Tander, Lowndes and Rick Kelly.

The next round of the Championship will be held in Bahrain on November 1-3.

CALTEX QUOTEBOARD Russell Ingall - #9 Caltex Racing Ford Falcon "It has definitely been a while, and it has come at the right time too as we have been looking to push on through during these last few rounds of the series," said Ingall.

"We haven't had the best of years to date, with the car showing the pace but through different circumstances we just haven't made it there.

"The boys would have seen a sway bar out there during race two, that was off our rig so we had to do our best for that race to handle the car without the sway bar, with the car handling surprisingly well.

"In the third race we had a puncture in the right rear, after a bit of the touch-up with Murph (Greg Murphy) which put us back a few spots, but we were able to pull through for third.

"We had very good drive with the car, the engine was strong but we also had good pull off the corners, which is something very important around here.

"We planned for that purposefully and it worked well for us here.

"Surfers Paradise is one of the best and unique circuits that we visit and only a certain few drivers really can get their head around it, and it is just great that I am one of them!"

Craig Lowndes - #888 Team Vodafone Ford Falcon "There were some really good battles out on the track today and all credit to the boys who did some excellent pitstops particularly in Race 3," said Lowndes.

"But reflecting I probably pushed too hard the result being a torn rear bumper that forced me to pit for repairs.

"This track is so unforgiving, it is a concrete canyon that really hurts cars but I am happy that both Jamie and I have got reasonably straight cars heading into the fly away Bahrain round."

Jamie Whincup - #888 Team Vodafone Ford Falcon "Locking the brake was something I shouldn't have done," said Whincup.

"It just shows that one minor mistake can be so costly in this very tight championship.

"I am really comfortable with the new chassis, it is certainly fast and I have got every confidence that I can improve going into the next round.

"I am going to put this round behind me, I still have a 9 point advantage in the championship and it is up to me now to continue the charge.

James Courtney - #4 Jeld-Wen Motorsport Ford Falcon "I really raced the wheels off the Jeld-Wen Falcon in race three today," said Courtney.

"I had to scrape my way through this afternoon from 15th to fourth. It's really difficult to pass on this circuit and you really have to drive hard to pick up that many positions.

"The guys did a fantastic job with Russell (Ingall) and I pitting one after the other in race three.

"Without the drive through penalty in race two this morning we may have been up there on the podium. But I had a great time out there.

"It's great for the team to have Russell second today after our second at Bathurst; it gives everyone a boost at the end of the year.

"Look out Bahrain."

-credit: caltex/bammedia

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Garth Tander , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup