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V8 Supercars Clipsal 500 - Race 3 Recap - Unexpected

Coulthard on pole.
Coulthard on pole.

Better late then never so Race 3 started out quite unexpectedly. Heavy rain started to fall minutes before the start of the race. Teams frantically had to go out onto the grid and swap in the wets. Some were caught out like Winterbottom and stayed on slicks for the warm up lap. He ended up pitting to put on wets.

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The race started under the safety car for about 5 laps. Then they were let loose. As you can see above Coulthard got pole. Mostert 2nd with SVG third and McLaughlin fourth. Scottie has always been good at Clipsal.

Rain died down and racing continued in the wets. SVG seemed to struggle in the wet in this race. Normally he’s quite good in the wet but he was making simple mistakes.

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Lowndes was doing well getting up to 3rd around Lap 16. Then this happened:

SVG spinning out Courtney at Turn 9, Lowndes in the lead.
SVG spinning out Courtney at Turn 9, Lowndes in the lead.
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SVG tried to get inside of Courtney and couldn’t stop in time and tapped Courtney causing him to spin. Lowndes gets the lead (he qual’d 17th). No penalty for SVG so they play on. The track started to dry and form a racing line @ Lap 21. So cars came in for slicks. Still treacherous:

Dry line forming.
Dry line forming.
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Lap 29: Rain started back up again around turn 8 so the slicks were losing grip. And then Mostert smacks the wall at turn 8 and it breaks the steering arm so he hits the wall again at Turn 9:

Mostert just a passenger
Mostert just a passenger
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Race restarted at Lap 33 and the rains got heavier, then at Lap 36 Courtney smacks the fence at Turn 8 and breaks the rear left suspension.

Monsoon conditions.
Monsoon conditions.
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Another safety car, rain still torrential with lightning and thunder. They eventually red-flag the race with Scottie McLaughlin 1st, Davison 2nd. The big conversation was the mandatory 140 litre fuel drop. With only 42 laps completed and many safety car laps you really had to engineer it to get it right.

Lap 43: Race resumes under safety car and its a time certain finish. They had a hard stop at 5:18pm Adelaide time. Lead cars had to pull off to get the fuel drop.

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McLaughlin and Lowndes had to pit for fuel. Banking on others getting a penalty and still getting a good finish.

Lap 48: Time certain lap. Percat 1st, Coulthard 2nd(*), Pye 3rd(*). DJR/Penske not sure have full fuel dropped.

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And oh wow. The small team of LDM pulls it off. Percat gets the win!! Time to make the donuts mate!

Percat smokin’
Percat smokin’
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Great win, great engineering to get the full 140 litres of fuel on a shortened race. Good for LDM and Nick Percat.

Here are the highlights:

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Or if you want the 15 sec highlight:

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Here’s your top 10.

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Next Race F1 Australian Grand Prix. Its a non-championship event. Typically they run 4 x 12 lap races in between the practices and qual for F1.

Images: V8 Supercars

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