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2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

2015 Supercheap Auto
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The 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 was an Australian touring car motor race for V8 Supercars and was the twenty-fifth race of the 2015 International V8 Supercars Championship. It was held on Sunday, 11 October 2015 at the Mount Panorama Circuit on the outskirts of Bathurst, New South Wales, in Australia.[1]

New South Wales 2015 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
Event Information
Round 10 of 14 in the 2015 International V8 Supercars Championship
Mount Panorama Circuit Map Overview.PNG
Date8–11 October 2015
LocationBathurst, New South Wales
VenueMount Panorama Circuit
WeatherOvercast, rain midway through race
Results
Race 1
Distance 161 laps 1000 km
Pole position David Reynolds
Rod Nash Racing
2:27.8201
Winner Craig Lowndes
Steven Richards
Triple Eight Race Engineering
6:16:07.7064

The race was won by Triple Eight Race Engineering pairing Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards in their Holden VF Commodore.[2] Lowndes became the fifth driver to win at least six Bathurst 1000s, while Richards himself became a four-time winner of the race with his fourth different co-driver. Lowndes and Richards finished 1.3 seconds clear of the Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon of championship leader Mark Winterbottom and his partner Steve Owen. The podium was completed by Holden Racing Team duo Garth Tander and Warren Luff, a further 2.6 seconds behind.

BackgroundEdit

The 2015 race was the nineteenth running of the Australian 1000 race, which was first held after the organisational split between the Australian Racing Drivers Club and V8 Supercars Australia that saw two "Bathurst 1000" races contested in both 1997 and 1998. The 2015 race was the 59th race for which the lineage can be traced back to the 1960 Armstrong 500 – held at Phillip Island – and the 56th to be held at Mount Panorama.

In addition to the twenty-five regular championship entries, two wildcard entries were accepted for the 2015 race. The first was a Holden VF Commodore run by Dunlop Series team Novocastrian Motorsport for Aaren Russell and Drew Russell.[3] The second was a Prodrive Racing Australia-prepared Ford FG X Falcon for the all-female driver combination of Renee Gracie and Swiss IndyCar Series and Formula E racer Simona de Silvestro, run under the name "Harvey Norman Supergirls".[4]

Regular Holden Racing Team driver James Courtney did not take part in the race due to injuries sustained at the 2015 Sydney Motorsport Park Super Sprint in August. Russell Ingall replaced Courtney, having done the same at the preceding Wilson Security Sandown 500.[5]

Chaz Mostert and Paul Morris were the defending race winners, though Morris did not compete in the race due to his role as co-driver for Mostert being taken by Cameron Waters.[6]

Entry listEdit

No. Drivers Team Car No. Drivers Team Car
1   Jamie Whincup
  Paul Dumbrell
Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 22   Jack Perkins
  Russell Ingall[5]
Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore
2   Garth Tander
  Warren Luff
Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore 23   Michael Caruso
  Dean Fiore
Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33
3   Tim Blanchard
  Karl Reindler
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 33   Scott McLaughlin
  Alexandre Prémat
Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 Mk.2
4   Ashley Walsh
  Jack Le Brocq
Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 34   David Wall
  Chris Pither
Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 Mk.2
5   Mark Winterbottom
  Steve Owen
Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 47   Tim Slade
  Tony D'Alberto
Walkinshaw Racing Holden VF Commodore
6   Chaz Mostert
  Cameron Waters
Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 55   David Reynolds
  Dean Canto
Rod Nash Racing Ford FG X Falcon
7   Todd Kelly
  Alex Buncombe
Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 62   Aaren Russell
  Drew Russell
Novocastrian Motorsport Holden VF Commodore
8   Jason Bright
  Andrew Jones
Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 97   Shane van Gisbergen
  Jonathon Webb
Tekno Autosports Holden VF Commodore
9   Will Davison
  Alex Davison
Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 99   James Moffat
  Taz Douglas
Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33
14   Fabian Coulthard
  Luke Youlden
Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 111   Andre Heimgartner
  Ant Pedersen
Super Black Racing Ford FG X Falcon
15   Rick Kelly
  David Russell
Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 200   Renee Gracie
  Simona de Silvestro
Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon
17   Scott Pye
  Marcos Ambrose
DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon 222   Nick Percat
  Oliver Gavin
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore
18   Lee Holdsworth
  Sébastien Bourdais
Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Holden VF Commodore 888   Craig Lowndes
  Steven Richards
Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore
21   Dale Wood
  Macauley Jones
Britek Motorsport Holden VF Commodore

Entries with a grey background were wildcard entries which did not compete in the full championship season.[7]

ReportEdit

Free PracticeEdit

The first free practice session took place on the Thursday morning prior to the race and was open to both championship drivers and co-drivers. Defending race winner Chaz Mostert set the fastest lap time during the session, his time of 2:06.3223 being 1.7 seconds quicker than his time in the corresponding session in 2014. David Reynolds was second fastest ahead of Shane van Gisbergen. Garth Tander was the first driver to go off the circuit, spinning into the sand at Hell Corner, while Tim Blanchard was the first driver to hit the wall, also at Hell Corner.[8] The second practice session was held on Thursday afternoon and was open only to co-drivers. Warren Luff set the fastest lap time ahead of Dean Canto and Steven Richards. David Russell crashed at the Cutting, causing enough damage to take the car out of the third practice session held later that afternoon.[9] The third session saw Fabian Coulthard break his own practice lap record with a time of 2:05.4786, compared to the time of 2:05.6080 he set in the 2014 qualifying session. Mark Winterbottom, Reynolds, Mostert and Van Gisbergen all set times in the 2:05 bracket as well.[10] Reynolds was fined A$25,000 following the Thursday press conference where he referred to the entry of Renee Gracie and Simona de Silvestro as the "pussy wagon".[11] Reynolds later apologised for his remark.[12]

The fourth free practice session was held on Friday morning and was another session for co-drivers only. Cameron Waters was fastest with a time of 2:05.7220, while Luke Youlden was the only other driver to set a time under 2:06.[13] In the fifth practice session, held later on Friday morning, Jamie Whincup became the first driver to set a lap time under 2:05 in a V8 Supercar, recording a time of 2:04.9097. Scott Pye also went faster than Coulthard's record, setting a time of 2:05.2436.[14]

Summary
Session Time No. Driver Team Car Fastest lap Weather
Thursday
Practice 1 11:15 6 Chaz Mostert Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 2:06.3223 Dry, sunny
Practice 2 13:20 2 Warren Luff Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore 2:07.2034 Dry, sunny
Practice 3 15:20 14 Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 2:05.4786 Dry, sunny
Friday
Practice 4 09:10 6 Cameron Waters Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 2:05.7220 Dry, sunny
Practice 5 11:40 1 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 2:04.9097 Dry, sunny
Saturday
Practice 6 10:20 14 Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 2:05.2119 Dry, sunny

QualifyingEdit

A forty-minute qualifying session was scheduled to take place on Friday afternoon, with the fastest ten drivers in the session to proceed to the Top Ten Shootout on Saturday. However, the session was stopped after five minutes following a heavy crash for Mostert. He clipped the inside wall at turn 16 on the run down to Forrest's Elbow before making heavy contact with the opposite wall. The car then bounced across the circuit and rode up along the outside wall at the right-hand bend preceding Forrest's Elbow, with the rear end of the car knocking the roof off of a marshals' post, the contact resulting in a slow 360° spin before coming to rest at the entry to Forrest's Elbow.[15] Mostert suffered a broken left femur and left wrist, while three of the marshals stationed at the marshals' post were also injured. Mostert and one of the marshals were flown to Orange Hospital while the other two marshals were treated at the circuit's medical centre. The remainder of the qualifying session, as well as a following support race, were cancelled due to the damage caused to the marshals' post and the surrounding safety fencing.[16] The entry of Mostert and Waters was withdrawn from the event due to the damage sustained by the car and Mostert's injuries,[15] while the qualifying session was postponed to Saturday afternoon and shortened to thirty minutes.[17]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Car Lap time Difference Grid
1 14   Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 2:06.1838 Top Ten
2 97   Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Autosports Holden VF Commodore 2:06.4470 +0.2632 Top Ten
3 47   Tim Slade Walkinshaw Racing Holden VF Commodore 2:06.5063 +0.3225 Top Ten
4 1   Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 2:06.5248 +0.3410 Top Ten
5 17   Scott Pye DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon 2:06.5656 +0.3818 Top Ten
6 8   Jason Bright Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 2:06.5999 +0.4161 Top Ten
7 33   Scott McLaughlin Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 2:06.7177 +0.5339 Top Ten
8 55   David Reynolds Rod Nash Racing Ford FG X Falcon 2:06.7813 +0.5975 Top Ten
9 18   Lee Holdsworth Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Holden VF Commodore 2:06.8796 +0.6958 Top Ten
10 99   James Moffat Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:06.9147 +0.7309 Top Ten
11 9   Will Davison Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 2:06.9696 +0.7858 11
12 111   Andre Heimgartner Super Black Racing Ford FG X Falcon 2:07.0383 +0.8545 12
13 21   Dale Wood Britek Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 2:07.1684 +0.9846 13
14 5   Mark Winterbottom Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 2:07.2072 +1.0234 14
15 888   Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 2:07.2586 +1.0748 15
16 7   Todd Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:07.3073 +1.1235 16
17 22   Jack Perkins Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore 2:07.3769 +1.1931 17
18 23   Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:07.3817 +1.1979 18
19 15   Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 2:07.5675 +1.3837 19
20 34   David Wall Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 2:07.9764 +1.7926 20
21 222   Nick Percat Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 2:08.0596 +1.8758 21
22 2   Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore 2:08.0756 +1.8918 22
23 3   Tim Blanchard Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 2:08.8787 +2.6949 23
24 62   Aaren Russell Novocastrian Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 2:09.2779 +3.0941 24
25 200   Simona de Silvestro Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 2:09.6484 +3.4646 25
26 4   Ashley Walsh Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 2:10.5793 +4.3955 26
 –1 6   Chaz Mostert Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon
Source:[18]

Notes:

  • ^1  – Chaz Mostert did not take part in the rescheduled qualifying session after crashing heavily in the original qualifying session.

Top Ten ShootoutEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Running
order
Qualifying
time
Qualifying
position
Shootout
time
Final grid
position
1 55   David Reynolds Rod Nash Racing 3rd 2:06.7813 8th 2:27.8201 1st
2 33   Scott McLaughlin Garry Rogers Motorsport 4th 2:06.7177 7th 2:28.9746 2nd
3 8   Jason Bright Brad Jones Racing 5th 2:06.5999 6th 2:29.7006 3rd
4 18   Lee Holdsworth Charlie Schwerkolt Racing 2nd 2:06.8796 9th 2:29.8139 4th
5 99   James Moffat Nissan Motorsport 1st 2:06.9147 10th 2:30.0084 5th
6 97   Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Autosports 9th 2:06.4470 2nd 2:30.8456 6th
7 17   Scott Pye DJR Team Penske 6th 2:06.5656 5th 2:31.6312 7th
8 1   Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 7th 2:06.5248 4th 2:32.0536 8th
9 14   Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Racing 10th 2:06.1838 1st 2:32.1246 9th
10 47   Tim Slade Walkinshaw Racing 8th 2:06.5063 3rd 2:34.7168 10th
Source:[19]

Starting gridEdit

The following table represents the final starting grid for the race on Sunday:

Inside row Outside row
1   David Reynolds
  Dean Canto
55 33   Scott McLaughlin
  Alexandre Prémat
2
Rod Nash Racing
(Ford Falcon FG X)
Garry Rogers Motorsport
(Volvo S60 Mk.2)
3   Jason Bright
  Andrew Jones
8 18   Lee Holdsworth
  Sébastien Bourdais
4
Brad Jones Racing
(Holden Commodore VF)
Charlie Schwerkolt Racing
(Holden Commodore VF)
5   James Moffat
  Taz Douglas
99 97   Shane van Gisbergen
  Jonathon Webb
6
Nissan Motorsport
(Nissan Altima L33)
Tekno Autosports
(Holden Commodore VF)
7   Scott Pye
  Marcos Ambrose
17 1   Jamie Whincup
  Paul Dumbrell
8
DJR Team Penske
(Ford Falcon FG X)
Triple Eight Race Engineering
(Holden Commodore VF)
9   Fabian Coulthard
  Luke Youlden
14 47   Tim Slade
  Tony D'Alberto
10
Brad Jones Racing
(Holden Commodore VF)
Walkinshaw Racing
(Holden Commodore VF)
11   Will Davison
  Alex Davison
9 111   Andre Heimgartner
  Ant Pedersen
12
Erebus Motorsport
(Mercedes-Benz E63 W212)
Super Black Racing
(Ford Falcon FG X)
13   Dale Wood
  Macauley Jones
21 5   Mark Winterbottom
  Steve Owen
14
Britek Motorsport
(Holden Commodore VF)
Prodrive Racing Australia
(Ford Falcon FG X)
15   Craig Lowndes
  Steven Richards
888 7   Todd Kelly
  Alex Buncombe
16
Triple Eight Race Engineering
(Holden Commodore VF)
Nissan Motorsport
(Nissan Altima L33)
17   Jack Perkins
  Russell Ingall
22 23   Michael Caruso
  Dean Fiore
18
Holden Racing Team
(Holden Commodore VF)
Nissan Motorsport
(Nissan Altima L33)
19   Rick Kelly
  David Russell
15 34   David Wall
  Chris Pither
20
Nissan Motorsport
(Nissan Altima L33)
Garry Rogers Motorsport
(Volvo S60 Mk.2)
21   Nick Percat
  Oliver Gavin
222 2   Garth Tander
  Warren Luff
22
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
(Holden Commodore VF)
Holden Racing Team
(Holden Commodore VF)
23   Tim Blanchard
  Karl Reindler
3 62   Aaren Russell
  Drew Russell
24
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
(Holden Commodore VF)
Novocastrian Motorsport
(Holden Commodore VF)
25   Simona de Silvestro
  Renee Gracie
200 4   Ashley Walsh
  Jack Le Brocq
26
Prodrive Racing Australia
(Ford Falcon FG X)
Erebus Motorsport
(Mercedes-Benz E63 W212)
Source: [20]

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Drivers Team Car Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 888   Craig Lowndes
  Steven Richards
Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 161 6hr 16min 7.7064sec 15 300
2 5   Mark Winterbottom
  Steve Owen
Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 161 +1.4 s 14 276
3 2   Garth Tander
  Warren Luff
Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore 161 +4.0 s 22 258
4 14   Fabian Coulthard
  Luke Youlden
Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 161 +4.4 s 9 240
5 33   Scott McLaughlin
  Alexandre Prémat
Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 161 +9.7 s 2 222
6 55   David Reynolds
  Dean Canto
Rod Nash Racing Ford FG X Falcon 161 +11.0 s 1 204
7 8   Jason Bright
  Andrew Jones
Brad Jones Racing Holden VF Commodore 161 +12.0 s 3 192
8 97   Shane van Gisbergen
  Jonathon Webb
Tekno Autosports Holden VF Commodore 161 +14.3 s 6 180
9 18   Lee Holdsworth
  Sébastien Bourdais
Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Holden VF Commodore 161 +14.7 s 4 168
10 99   James Moffat
  Taz Douglas
Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 161 +20.2 s 5 156
11 22   Jack Perkins
  Russell Ingall
Holden Racing Team Holden VF Commodore 161 +21.2 s 17 144
12 9   Will Davison
  Alex Davison
Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 161 +21.6 s 11 138
13 23   Michael Caruso
  Dean Fiore
Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 161 +29.6 s 18 132
14 47   Tim Slade
  Tony D'Alberto
Walkinshaw Racing Holden VF Commodore 161 +31.6 s 10 126
15 21   Dale Wood
  Macauley Jones
Britek Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 161 +32.0 s 13 120
16 15   Rick Kelly
  David Russell
Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 161 +35.2 s 19 114
17 62   Aaren Russell
  Drew Russell
Novocastrian Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 161 +43.6 s 24 108
18 1   Jamie Whincup
  Paul Dumbrell
Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore 161 +1:02.0 8 102
19 222   Nick Percat
  Oliver Gavin
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 159 +2 Laps 21 96
20 7   Todd Kelly
  Alex Buncombe
Nissan Motorsport Nissan Altima L33 156 +5 Laps 16 90
21 200   Renee Gracie
  Simona de Silvestro
Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon 121 +40 Laps 25 96
Ret 17   Scott Pye
  Marcos Ambrose
DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon 137 Accident 7
Ret 4   Ashley Walsh
  Jack Le Brocq
Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 135 Accident 26
Ret 3   Tim Blanchard
  Karl Reindler
Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VF Commodore 78 Accident 23
Ret 111   Andre Heimgartner
  Ant Pedersen
Super Black Racing Ford FG X Falcon 35 Accident 12
Ret 34   David Wall
  Chris Pither
Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo S60 15 Engine 20
DNS 6   Chaz Mostert
  Cameron Waters
Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon Withdrawn
Source:[21]

ReferencesEdit

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