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Sports/Touring Car Racing Topics:  Australian Grand Prix


Stone Brothers Racing
March 28, 2009

Due to the Holden V Ford format of the Manufacturers Challenge the SBR FG Ford Falcon’s did not line up on the grid for Race 2 where they finished in yesterdays 15 lap sprint.

The grid for Race 2 was determined by placing the best finishing Ford and Holden at the head of the grid, all cars of that make lining up directly behind them on the same side, in order of finishing position for that manufacturer. Under this unique rule SP Tools Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen started from 11th on the grid after finishing 8th and IRWIN Racing’s Alex Davison started from 19th after finishing 14th in Race 1 yesterday.

Fresh from a decent points haul at the Clipsal 500 this weekend’s format means drivers are not racing for the championship but rather the battle between manufactures.

The Albert Parklands circuit has always set the scene for exciting racing and today’s V8 Supercar feature was no exception, with the last five laps presenting plenty of action and passing in the mid field. SP Tools Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen managed a risky manoeuvre that proved he had a helmet full of courage, when he over took Whincup steering his FG Falcon right up onto the grass on the outside of turn 3. The brave move is seen as yet more confirmation of Shanes incredible car speed and control under pressure.

Shane van Gisbergen – Driver SP Tools Racing Car #9
“I wasn’t about to let Jamie pass me, I saw an open space and went for it, luckily my car was up to it!”

IRWIN Racing’s Alex Davison maintained pace throughout the race as he fought his way back up to 16th after being put back five positions on the grid for a penalty that was enforced earlier today as a result of the coming together between Davison and Murphy in yesterday’s race.

The blue oval crossed the line in first once again as FPR’s Mark Winterbottom lead the race from the green light to the chequered flag. Over the three days so far Ford has won both races as well as pole position for the weekend proving the new FG’s certainly have it over the Holden’s at Albert Park.

Tomorrow’s final race will start at 2:35pm AEDT.

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