Bathurst PIRTEK Challenge finalists set

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 28/08/2018
  • By Mitchell Adam

Shell V-Power Racing has finished the regular PIRTEK Pit Stop Challenge season on top, and leads a group of four teams into Bathurst's Grand Final.

Saturday's OTR SuperSprint race was the eighth and last points-scoring event before Mount Panorama hosts a televised showdown during the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 weekend.

There, the $20,000 major prize and PIRTEK Pit Stop Challenge Golden Rattle Gun will be on the line.

While the top four teams in the points heading to South Australia all retained finals places, there was a major shake-up in the order.

Jamie Whincup's Red Bull Holden Racing Team entry sat atop the standings but had a pit-entry-to-exit time of 52.7748 seconds on Saturday, the slowest recorded.

That was due to Whincup double-stacking behind team-mate Shane van Gisbergen during the early Safety Car period.

Both were delayed slightly by van Gisbergen having to wait for Scott McLaughlin's Falcon to pass in the lane before leaving his pitbay.

It dropped Whincup from second to eighth in the race order, and he ultimately regrouped to finish fourth.

Scoring just two points dropped the #1 from first to fourth in the PIRTEK Challenge rankings, but the crew maintained a Bathurst spot.

McLaughlin's #17 was eighth-fastest in the lane, and moved from third to first in the end-of-season points.

Brad Jones Racing and Tickford Racing booked the other two Bathurst places with second and third in the order, through the entries of Nick Percat and Chaz Mostert.

Percat's X-Convenience/Mobil Commodore was 14th fastest at The Bend, with Mostert's Supercheap Auto Falcon second, behind 2017 winner Fabian Coulthard's #12 Falcon on 39.1775s.

In the end, nine points covered the top four crews of McLaughlin on 164, Percat on 163 and Mostert and Whincup on 155.

A further four back, James Courtney's Mobil 1 Boost Mobile crew was fifth in the standings, with Mark Winterbottom's Bottle-O entry sixth.

Full PIRTEK Pit Stop Challenge order

POINTS
Position/Team Points Diff
1
Scott McLaughlin
Driver number Ford Falcon FG-X
164 0
2
Nick Percat
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
163 -1
3
Chaz Mostert
Driver number Ford Falcon FG-X
155 -9
4
Jamie Whincup
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
155 -9
5
James Courtney
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
151 -13
6
Mark Winterbottom
Driver number Ford Falcon FG-X
150 -14
7
Tim Slade
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
141 -23
8
Rick Kelly
Driver number Nissan Altima
140 -24
9
Fabian Coulthard
Driver number Ford Falcon FG X
139 -25
10
Scott Pye
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
123 -41
11
Craig Lowndes
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
121 -43
12
Michael Caruso
Driver number Nissan Altima
108 -56
13
Shane van Gisbergen
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
105 -59
14
Lee Holdsworth
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
99 -65
15
James Golding
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
96 -68
16
Cameron Waters
Driver number Ford Falcon FG X
94 -70
17
Jack Le Brocq
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
87 -77
18
Andre Heimgartner
Driver number Nissan Altima
85 -79
19
David Reynolds
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
83 -81
20
Simona De Silvestro
Driver number Nissan Altima
72 -92
21
Tim Blanchard
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
70 -94
22
Will Davison
Driver number Ford Falcon FG X
70 -94
23
Garth Tander
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
67 -97
24
Anton de Pasquale
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
58 -106
25
Richie Stanaway
Driver number Ford Falcon FG X
57 -107
26
Todd Hazelwood
Driver number Holden Commodore VF
49 -115
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