resistantone (resistantone) wrote in makosport,

V8 Supercars! Round 1:

Round one of the V8 Supercars championship startet yesterday at the Clipsal Adelaide 500.

Race one, a 250kilometre sprint, saw two MASSIVE incidents at the very scary 200km/hour turn eight. One involving leading driver Mark Skaife, and another involving rookie James Courtney. Both cars recieved extensive damage, and both drivers were relatively uninjured.

It also saw a bizzarre incident in which Steve Owen went cuckoo at the wheel and eventually passed out from dehydration and heat exhaustion. He was rushed to Royal Prince Albert hospital for treatment and remains in hospital after suffering from kidney failure due to the dehydration.

For those that don't know much abuot the Australian Touring Car Championship (V8 Supercars), the Adelaide race is always hot, yesterday it was 40 degrees ambient, and as much as 70 degrees inside the cockpits of the cars. And it is not uncommon for drivers to collapse at the end of the race, some report weight loss of as much as 3.5 kilos during the race.

Race one was won by Craig Lowndes driving for Triple 8 Racing and his teammate, young gun Jamie Whincup was third with Rick Kelly second in the middle of the Betta Electrical Ford Sandwich.

Race Two:

Jamie Whincup won the race after 4 Safety Car periods! Brother Todd and Rick Kelly were second and third respectively.

The final one after a massive pile up involving James Courtney, who AGAIN suffered extensive damage to the car his team spent the night rebuilding after yesterdays shunt. It also involved Race One winner Craig Lowndes, who was back in the pack after an ill-fated passing attempt on then race leader Cameron McConville caused steering damage to his car.

Mark Skaife was unlucky, after driving from the rear of the grid to at one stage lead the race, he was caught up with Greg Murphy when murph ran wide at the infamous turn eight and buried his holden in the wall. Once again suffering massive damage to the car which was brand new on friday, and had also been rebuilt on saturday night following his crash in race one.

Rick Kelly deserves a mention, a bizzarre and completely incorrect decision to penalise Kelly with a stop-go after an alleged black flag saw the young gun sent to the rear of the grid after leading all lap one! He managed to soldier on to finish 3rd after a storming drive through the pack.

The V8 Seasons Looks like a RIPPER!

This has been a breif summary of points of interest.

Will have more detail later.

Jacob B
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