Australian V8 Supercar Race Report Round 2, Race 1, Clipsal 500, Adelaide In high temperature in Adelaide today Craig Lowndes extended his record on the modified formula 1 street circuit to 4 wins out of 5 after winning today's race which can...
Australian V8 Supercar Race Report
Round 2, Race 1, Clipsal 500, Adelaide
In high temperature in Adelaide today Craig Lowndes extended his record on the modified formula 1 street circuit to 4 wins out of 5 after winning today's race which can only be described as intense.
Mark Skaife, starting from position 2, got the jump over Greg Murphy at the start of the race and lead into the first corner followed by Murphy and Radisich. Radisich got through on Murphy early in the race and pushed Skaife hard until running up the back of him on lap 20, pushing Skaife off the circuit and down to 16th position. The race stewards, known for their consistency in being inconsistent, classified the hit as a racing incident. A number of other drivers were also involved in early race incidents including Rodney Forbes, Dougal McDougal and Paul Wheel in one, while another saw Marcus Ambrose of Pirtek Racing taken out the race by K-Mart Racings Tod Kelly.
The race order though was set for a drastic change when on lap 46 Rodney Forbes, in one of his more skillful moves, ran head on into a wall bringing out the pace car. Forbes, in a car he is unfamiliar with, could not correctly figure out the operations of the gearbox and couldn't select reverse. Shortly after John Faulkner came in for a compulsory pitstop and when leaving had one of his teams airhoses wrapped around the rear spoiler of the car. Unknown to Faulkner he left the pits dragging equipment that became further tangled with refueling rig and was dragged further down pit lane become entwined with Mark Larkhams pit crew where one of the Larkham crew members was severely cut on the head after being hit by the falling equipment. With the introduction of compulsory pit stops it is obvious that there needs to be some improved pit safety this year in v8 supercars.
The safety car came off the track on lap 54 with Craig Lowndes in first position who proceeded to pull a huge gap over Paul Radisich who, along with having steering problems, had a tremendous battle with Russell Ingall for 2nd position which lasted until Ingall overshot a corner and Steven Johnson snuck in on the inside. On lap 59 Paul Radisich developed further problems, this time with a rear suspension failure, and retired from the race on lap 60. This brand new car lasted only 60 laps in the hands of Paul Radisich on the Adelaide street circuit.
Lap 75 of 78 saw HRT's Jason Bright and FTR's Credits Glen Seton come together when Jason had his car sideways in a corner while Seton was making a move around the outside. The incident pushed Glen Seton out the the race altogether and Jason fell down the order to 8th position.
Back at the front Craig Lowndes continued to dominate and despite having one off track excursion came home with his lights on for an incredible race win in only his second outing for the newly formed Gibson Motorsport team. Steven Johnson finished in second position ahead of Russell Ingall while Mark Skaife finished strongly in 4th position.