2007 PlaceMakers V8 Supercars

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New Zealand 2007 PlaceMakers V8 Supercars
Event Information
Round 3 of 14 in the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series
Pukekohe Park Raceway (1990).png
Date 20–22 April 2007
Location Pukekohe, New Zealand
Venue Pukekohe Park Raceway
Weather Fine, partly cloudy
Results
Race 1
Distance 43 laps, 120 km
Pole position Mark Winterbottom
Ford Performance Racing
55.6704
Winner Garth Tander
HSV Dealer Team
43:46.0087
Race 2
Distance 43 laps, 120 km
Winner Garth Tander
HSV Dealer Team
47:28.1385
Race 3
Distance 36 laps, 100 km
Winner Rick Kelly
HSV Dealer Team
47:13.1552
Round Results
First Rick Kelly
HSV Dealer Team
58 pts
Second Garth Tander
HSV Dealer Team
58 pts
Third Jamie Whincup
Triple Eight Race Engineering
48 pts

The 2007 PlaceMakers V8 Supercars was the third round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series. It was held on the weekend of the 20 to the 22 April at Pukekohe Park Raceway in New Zealand. This round will be the last V8 Supercar event at Pukekohe until 2013, with the 2008-12 New Zealand rounds being held on the streets of Hamilton. The round was also Cameron McConville's 100th start in the V8 Supercar Championship, and ran the number 100 on his car to mark this achievement.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Part 1[edit]

For the second round in a row, only 30 cars made the gird for qualifying after Jack Perkins from Jack Daniels Racing crashed at approximately 160 km/h into the barrier, on the main straight. The first part of qualifying began with Rick Kelly quickest, however a number of cars including Shane Price, Jason Richards and Steven Richards all ran wide at the hairpin at turn 5. Brad Jones also crashed into the tyre barriers at the hairpin after brake failure, which caused the session to be red flagged. The session was restarted with Garth Tander taking provisional pole from his team mate Rick Kelly and Todd Kelly.

Part 2[edit]

Once again, a number of drivers including Jamie Whincup, James Courtney and both Jim Beam Racing cars, ran wide at the hairpin, whilst trying to set quick laps which Craig Lowndes was quickest early on. Paul Dumbrell also crashed at turn 4, which caused the second red flag of qualifying. At the end of part 2, James Courtney lead, from Lowndes and Skaife.

Part 3[edit]

The third part of qualifying began with Whincup running wide at turn 4, and touched the tyre barriers. However he did not suffer any major damage and was able to continue. The pole position holder changed a number of times with Skaife, Whincup and Steven Richards among the drivers who temporarily held pole. Once qualifying finished, Mark Winterbottom had the quickest lap and took pole, from Garth Tander and team-mate Steven Richards in third.

Pos No Name Team Vehicle Time
1 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing Ford BF Falcon 0:55.6704
2 16 Australia Garth Tander HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore 0:55.7472
3 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing Ford BF Falcon 0:55.7829
4 1 Australia Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore 0:55.8038
5 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BF Falcon 0:55.8338
6 2 Australia Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore 0:55.8914
7 4 Australia James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing Ford BF Falcon 0:55.9017
8 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BF Falcon 0:55.9271
9 9 Australia Russell Ingall Stone Brothers Racing Ford BF Falcon 0:56.0126
10 22 Australia Todd Kelly Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore 0:56.0329
11 3 New Zealand Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 0:56.1935
12 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 0:56.2010
13 18 Australia Will Davison Dick Johnson Racing Ford BF Falcon 0:56.2116
14 17 Australia Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford BF Falcon 0:56.2429
15 021 New Zealand Paul Radisich Team Kiwi Racing Ford BF Falcon 0:56.2550
16 55 Australia Steve Owen Rod Nash Racing Holden VZ Commodore 0:56.4472
17 111 Australia John Bowe Paul Cruickshank Racing Ford BF Falcon 0:56.4827
18 25 Australia Jason Bright Britek Motorsport Ford BF Falcon 0:56.4952
19 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 0:56.5121
20 20 Australia Paul Dumbrell Paul Weel Racing Holden VE Commodore 0:56.5823
21 100 Australia Cameron McConville Paul Weel Racing Holden VE Commodore 0:56.7534
22 34 Australia Dean Canto Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 0:56.7572
23 8 Brazil Max Wilson WPS Racing Ford BF Falcon 0:56.8609
24 39 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VZ Commodore 0:56.8658
25 12 Australia Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing Ford BF Falcon 0:56.9623
26 10 Australia Jason Bargwanna WPS Racing Ford BF Falcon 0:57.0628
27 7 Australia Shane Price Perkins Engineering Holden VE Commodore 0:57.1221
28 14 Australia Brad Jones Brad Jones Racing Ford BF Falcon 0:57.5039
29 26 Australia Alan Gurr Britek Motorsport Ford BF Falcon 0:57.6683
30 67 Australia Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 0:57.8552
- 11 Australia Jack Perkins Perkins Engineering Holden VE Commodore no time
Sources:

Race 1[edit]

Garth Tander got off the line and beat Mark Winterbottom into the first corner. Meanwhile, Dean Canto ran wide at the first corner and into the gravel trap, causing the safety car to come out at the end of the first lap. The race was not a great one for Britek Motorsport, with both cars in the pits on lap 11 with Jason Bright’s car cutting out, which was the same problem that caused the accident at the BigPond 400 and Alan Gurr’s car having a sticky throttle. After the compulsory pit stop, Tander lost the lead to Winterbottom, and struggled to keep Steven Richards in third place. Tander managed to keep Richards behind him, and eventually pulled away from him. Eventually, Tander managed to get back past Winterbottom, and won the race, with Winterbottom in second and Rick Kelly in third.

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16 Australia Garth Tander HSV Dealer Team 43 43min 46.0087sec 2 24
2 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 43 +1.233 s 1 20
3 1 Australia Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 43 +2.614 s 4 17
4 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 43 +5.245 s 5 15
5 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 43 +6.807 s 3 13
6 22 Australia Todd Kelly Holden Racing Team 43 +10.534 s 10 12
7 3 New Zealand Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 43 +16.298 s 11 11
8 9 Australia Russell Ingall Stone Brothers Racing 43 +17.671 s 9 10
9 4 Australia James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 43 +18.053 s 7 9
10 2 Australia Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 43 +25.271 s 6 8
11 18 Australia Will Davison Dick Johnson Racing 43 +26.005 s 13 6
12 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 43 +26.328 s 12 5
13 17 Australia Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 43 +27.219 s 14 4
14 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 43 +28.342 s 8 3
15 021 New Zealand Paul Radisich Team Kiwi Racing 43 +28.342 s 15 2
16 8 Brazil Max Wilson WPS Racing 43 +35.765 s 23
17 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 43 +37.978 s 19
18 100 Australia Cameron McConville Paul Weel Racing 43 +43.720 s 21
19 55 Australia Steve Owen Rod Nash Racing 43 +51.060 s 16
20 10 Australia Jason Bargwanna WPS Racing 43 +51.179 s 26
21 111 Australia John Bowe Paul Cruickshank Racing 43 +55.733 s 17
22 39 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Paul Morris Motorsport 43 +55.873 s 24
23 20 Australia Paul Dumbrell Paul Weel Racing 43 +56.946 s 20
24 7 Australia Shane Price Perkins Engineering 42 +1 lap 27
25 34 Australia Dean Canto Garry Rogers Motorsport 40 +3 laps 22
26 12 Australia Brad Jones Brad Jones Racing 37 +6 laps 28
Ret 67 Australia Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport 31 Engine 25
Ret 26 Australia Alan Gurr Britek Motorsport 21 Throttle 29
Ret 14 Australia Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing 20 Hydraulics 28
Ret 25 Australia Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 11 Electrical 18
DNS 11 Australia Jack Perkins Perkins Engineering Did Not Start
Fastest Lap: Rick Kelly (HSV Dealer Team), 0:56.4068
Sources:

Race 2[edit]

Even before the race had begun, there were problems for both Greg Murphy who had a stuck throttle in the installation laps before the race, and Andrew Jones who started from the pit lane. When the race started, Steven Richards had contact with Todd Kelly and spun off into the wall at turn 3. However he was able to continue, through also ran off the track at turn 5 a couple of laps later. At the hairpin (turn 5), Jamie Whincup overtook Garth Tander on the first lap, however Tander retook the position at the same location of lap 2. Andrew Jones had a new steering rack installed in his car due to problems in his steering and Paul Morris had engine dramas, which also caused his retirement in the first race. At the compulsory pit stop, Mark Winterbottom was able to overtake Tander, however he had a major brake lock-up into turn 5 on the out-lap, destroying his front left tyre and requiring a second pitstop. On lap 28, Jason Richards crashed at the hairpin, after having front left suspension failure, which caused the safety car to be deployed. The safety car was also deployed on lap 37, when Jason Bargwanna ran wide coming onto the front straight and crashed into the safety fence. This led to a sprint to the finish when the safety car came in, and Garth Tander won the race from Jamie Whincup and team mate Rick Kelly.

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16 Australia Garth Tander HSV Dealer Team 43 47min 28.1385sec 1 24
2 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 43 +0.860 s 4 20
3 1 Australia Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 43 +1.529 s 3 17
4 22 Australia Todd Kelly Holden Racing Team 43 +1.915 s 6 15
5 4 Australia James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 43 +2.499 s 9 13
6 2 Australia Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 43 +3.520 s 10 12
7 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 43 +3.765 s 14 11
8 18 Australia Will Davison Dick Johnson Racing 43 +4.070 s 11 10
9 9 Australia Russell Ingall Stone Brothers Racing 43 +5.255 s 8 9
10 021 New Zealand Paul Radisich Team Kiwi Racing 43 +5.689 s 10 8
11 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 43 +6.066 s 12 6
12 8 Brazil Max Wilson WPS Racing 43 +7.640 s 16 5
13 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 43 +8.106 s 17 4
14 100 Australia Cameron McConville Paul Weel Racing 43 +8.471 s 18 3
15 111 Australia John Bowe Paul Cruickshank Racing 43 +8.788 s 21 2
16 25 Australia Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 43 +9.105 s 30
17 34 Australia Dean Canto Garry Rogers Motorsport 43 +9.408 s 25
18 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 43 +10.261 s 5
19 55 Australia Steve Owen Rod Nash Racing 43 +10.607 s 19
20 39 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Paul Morris Motorsport 43 +10.831 s 22
21 17 Australia Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 43 +11.491 s 13
22 14 Australia Brad Jones Brad Jones Racing 43 +11.867 s 26
23 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 42 +1 lap 2
24 26 Australia Alan Gurr Britek Motorsport 42 +1 lap 28
25 7 Australia Shane Price Perkins Engineering 41 +2 laps 24
Ret 10 Australia Jason Bargwanna WPS Racing 35 Accident 20
Ret 3 New Zealand Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 27 Accident 7
Ret 12 Australia Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing 15 Steering 26
Ret 20 Australia Paul Dumbrell Paul Weel Racing 10 Retired 23
Ret 67 Australia Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport 8 Engine 27
DNS 11 Australia Jack Perkins Perkins Engineering Did Not Start
Fastest Lap: Mark Winterbottom (Ford Performance Racing), 0:56.5605
Sources:

Race 3[edit]

The race started with Jamie Whincup losing a number of spots to 4th, and Will Davison having minor front end damage after contact. On lap five, Paul Morris and Brad Jones collided in turn 7. The collision caused Morris to crash heavily into the barrier, rolled once and end up on its roof on the track, creating a safety car period. At the compulsory pit stop, leader Garth Tander had a cross-threaded nut on one of his wheels, and dropped 4 positions to 5th. After the pit stops, Rick Kelly lead from his brother Todd and James Courtney. On lap 27, Dean Canto crashed into the wall on the main straight, causing the safety car, to once again come out. This stayed out until lap 35, and due to other AFL commitments for the broadcaster,[1] the race was cut short to a time based race, and Rick Kelly won the race from Todd Kelly and James Courtney. This caused controversy as some drivers, including Garth Tander,[2] claimed they did not know the race was going to finish early.

Overall team mates Garth Tander and Rick Kelly were equal on points, however Kelly won the round after finishing higher in the final race.

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Australia Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 36 47min 13.1552sec 3 24
2 22 Australia Todd Kelly Holden Racing Team 36 +0.300 s 4 20
3 4 Australia James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 36 +0.758 s 5 17
4 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 36 +1.189 s 7 15
5 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 36 +1.780 s 2 13
6 18 Australia Will Davison Dick Johnson Racing 36 +2.111 s 8 12
7 021 New Zealand Paul Radisich Team Kiwi Racing 36 +3.055 s 10 11
8 16 Australia Garth Tander HSV Dealer Team 36 +3.214 s 1 10
9 2 Australia Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 36 +3.610 s 6 9
10 9 Australia Russell Ingall Stone Brothers Racing 36 +3.881 s 9 8
11 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 36 +4.724 s 23 6
12 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 36 +5.175 s 18 5
13 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 36 +5.905 s 11 4
14 8 Brazil Max Wilson WPS Racing 36 +6.153 s 12 3
15 100 Australia Cameron McConville Paul Weel Racing 36 +6.942 s 14 2
16 17 Australia Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 36 +7.046 s 21
17 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 36 +7.211 s 13
18 3 New Zealand Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 36 +8.048 s 27
19 39 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Paul Morris Motorsport 36 +8.569 s 20
20 7 Australia Shane Price Perkins Engineering 36 +8.737 s 25
21 55 Australia Steve Owen Rod Nash Racing 36 +8.948 s 19
22 12 Australia Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing 36 +9.360 s 28
23 111 Australia John Bowe Paul Cruickshank Racing 36 +9.811 s 15
24 26 Australia Alan Gurr Britek Motorsport 36 +10.162 s 24
25 25 Australia Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 35 +1 lap 16
Ret 34 Australia Dean Canto Garry Rogers Motorsport 27 Accident 17
Ret 20 Australia Paul Dumbrell Paul Weel Racing 15 Engine 29
Ret 14 Australia Brad Jones Brad Jones Racing 6 Accident 22
Ret 67 Australia Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport 5 Accident 30
DNS 10 Australia Jason Bargwanna WPS Racing Did Not Start
DNS 11 Australia Jack Perkins Perkins Engineering Did Not Start
Fastest Lap: Rick Kelly (HSV Dealer Team), 0:56.4550
Sources:

In-Car Camera Coverage[edit]

The six in-car cameras in this round were Greg Murphy, Jason Bright, Rick Kelly, Craig Lowndes, Max Wilson and Paul Dumbrell.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Early chequered flag furore". www.foxsports.com.au. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Tander upset by shortened race". www.foxsports.com.au. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 

External links[edit]

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2007 BigPond 400
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2007 Winton
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2006 PlaceMakers V8 International
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