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Race 7

Fabian Coulthard took victory in an jammed-packed Race 7 of the V8 Supercars Championship at Winton.

The New Zealander  led away from pole position and controlled three Safety Car restarts to record a five second victory over  front-row starter Shane van Gisbergen’s, TEKNO RACING.

Dale Wood capitalised on his third placed qualifying position to score a maiden podium.

Russell Ingall, running at the back of the pack, used the opportunity to take fresh tyres, and subsequently charged through the field. Click here to read his comments after the race.

The veteran made it to third with three laps to go, before being forced to take a drive-through penalty for earlier contact with David Wall.

“I certainly had my work cut out for me on those re-starts; not just one but all three of them,” said Coulthard post-race.

“The Lockwood car was phenomenal – I had no complaints and good to see my team-mate Dale Wood on the podium and it’s good to see our entire team getting results.”

Van Gisbergen simply did not enough to challenge Coulthard when it mattered.

“The thing was pretty good then. But it’s so weird the track, all the rubber people was talking about is basically gone now and it’s slippery,” he said.

“Fabian I ran with him, but he was untouchable at the end and it’s a bit of a BJR party and I have done something to spoil it.”

Wood was delighted with his third place; his best result in the main V8 Series.

“I’m not going to do a Scott McLaughlin and not swear, but that was bloody awesome,” he said.

“It was a pretty crazy race as the track was falling to bits and had a coming together with my team-mate. But then when the boys said things were looking good for third, I was a happy man.”

Race 8

Lee Holdsworth scored Erebus Motorsport’s emotional first V8 Supercars victory with a late-race pass on Fabian Coulthard in Race 8 at Winton.

The #4 Mercedes took the lead with just three laps remaining as tyre life again proved a crucial factor.

Pole-sitter Coulthard had lost the front-running to Scott McLaughlin off the start, before regaining the lead when the Volvo was forced to pit with an electrical problem nine laps in.

David Reynolds and David Wall made it three Fords in the top five, while James Moffat, Jason Bright, Will Davison, James Courtney and Chaz Mostert completed the top 10.

“(I’m) pretty emotional over the last 12 months and what’s gone during the week (home invasion) hasn’t helped,” said Holdsworth post-race.

“I’m so proud of my boys at Erebus. We’re looking for a sponsor at the moment and this is the best way to try and find one.

“We’re up the front and here to stay I think.”

Erebus owner Betty Klimenko said after the historical win,

“I’ve worked hard and I expect a little bit of respect for what we’ve done,” Klimenko told Speedcafe.com when asked if she hoped to be congratulated by Mercedes on the result.

Erebus is running both cars without full-time primary sponsors

“(But) I don’t need to beg for ‘you’ve been a good girl, here’s a pat on the head’.

“You’ve got to distinguish between AMG, HWA (the racing department of AMG) and all those different brands,” she added.

“I can’t say enough about HWA and AMG. From Germany, it’s not their call weather they (MBA) support us or not, and they (HWA/AMG) have been amazing.

From a personal perspective, the 55-year-old grandmother was enjoying the constant stream of congratulations from rival teams in the paddock on Saturday evening.

Race 9

Mark Winterbottom took Ford’s first V8 Supercars race win for six months in a Winton finale rocked by pitlane penalties.

Winterbottom’s two biggest threats in the 200km race, Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard, both saw their efforts tempered by pitlane speeding penalties.

McLaughlin led the opening 20 laps from pole before the superior tyre life of the Ford saw the positions reversed.

The pair pitted together shortly after, where McLaughlin’s infringement would occur.

Winterbottom was then caught by Coulthard throughout the middle stint before they in turn pitted together for their second stops.

Winterbottom was almost 10 seconds to the good at the end of the 67 laps, which ran without a single Safety Car period.

“That’s awesome to have a pretty good weekend and to cap it off with that I thank my team,” said Winterbottom.

“They did an incredible job. Our tyre life was probably not as strong today as yesterday but we had really good pace in qualifying. Sort of changed our car a bit.

“That’s awesome and it’s awesome to see all the blue Ford blue flags. It’s been a little bit of a hard start, but it’s hopefully the start of many. We’ll try and keep coming.”

Tim Slade rounded out the podium, his first for Walkinshaw Racing, despite a pitlane drama of his own.

The Supercheap team was fined $3,000 and deducted 30 Teams’ Championship points mid-race after a wheel rolled down pitlane during the car’s first stop.

Winterbottom now sits second to Lowndes in the championship standings after his victory.

DRIVER STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 3

Position Driver Points
1 Craig Lowndes 701
2 Mark Winterbottom 673
3 Fabian Coulthard 658
4 James Courtney 609
5 Jamie Whincup 606
6 Shane Van Gisbergen 549
7 Tim Slade 473
8 David Reynolds 453
9 Lee Holdsworth 440
10 Scott McLaughlin 406
11 Jason Bright 405
12 Will Davison 405
13 Russell Ingall 377
14 Michael Caruso 374
15 James Moffat 373
16 David Wall 370
17 Garth Tander 369
18 Rick Kelly 369
19 Jack Perkins 331
20 Chaz Mostert 322
21 Scott Pye 318
22 Dale Wood 315
23 Todd Kelly 256
24 Nick Percat 216
25 Robert Dahlgren 174

See below results for Race 9

Position Driver Team Car
1  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
2  James Courtney  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
3  Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF
4  Jason Bright  Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF
5  David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG
6  Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
7  Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
8  Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
9  James Moffat  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
10  Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
11  Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF
12  Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF
13  Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
14  Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
15  Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
16  Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
17  Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF
18  Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
19  Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG
20  Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF
21  Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG
22  David Wall  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG
23  Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
24  Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
25  Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF

See below results for Race 8

Position Driver Team Car
1 Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport V8 Mercedes E63 AMG
2 Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon FG
3 Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing Holden Commodore VF
4 David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford Falcon FG
5 David Wall Wilson Security Racing Ford Falcon FG
6 James Moffat Norton Hornets Nissan Altima
7 Jason Bright Team BOC Holden Commodore VF
8 Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8 Mercedes E63 AMG
9 James Courtney Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF
10 Chaz Mostert Ford Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon FG
11 Tim Slade Supercheap Auto Racing Holden Commodore VF
12 Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing Ford Falcon FG
13 Dale Wood Team Advam/GB Holden Commodore VF
14 Jack Perkins Team JELD-WEN Ford Falcon FG
15 Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing Holden Commodore VF
16 Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore VF
17 Michael Caruso Norton Hornets Nissan Altima
18 Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing Nissan Altima
19 Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore VF
20 Shane Van Gisbergen Team Tekno VIP Petfoods Holden Commodore VF
21 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore VF
22 Russell Ingall Repair Management Aust Racing Holden Commodore VF
23 Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing Nissan Altima
24 Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing GRM Volvo S60
25 Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM Volvo S60

See below results for Race 7

Position Driver Team Car
1  Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF
2  Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF
3  Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF
4  Jason Bright  Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF
5  Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
6  Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
7  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
8  Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
9  Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
10  Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF
11  David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG
12  Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
13  David Wall  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG
14  Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG
15  Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
16  Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG
17  Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
18  James Moffat  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
19  Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
20  Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
21  Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF
DNF  James Courtney  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
DNF  Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF
DNF  Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
DNf  Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
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