Coulthard enjoys second V8 win

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 07/04/2013
  • By AAP

A spectacular 160kmh head-on crash almost brought an end to the final race of the V8 Supercars round at Symmons Plains, before Fabian Coulthard broke through for his second win of the weekend on Sunday.

The incident happened when young Commodore driver Scott Pye's brakes failed and he speared into a safety barrier.

The car was severely damaged after becoming airborne but Pye emerged unscathed.

"I struggled with the brakes and with 25 laps to go the pedal started getting really long," Pye said.

"I tried to turn but it just went straight on ahead and I just braced myself for the impact."

At the time Ford's Mark Winterbottom was leading but he was passed by Coulthard with just three laps remaining after a restart.

Coulthard's victory was his second in consecutive days after he broke through for his first ever official win on Saturday.

Earlier on Sunday Jason Bright took his Brad Jones Racing Holden to first place in the opener of the day.

Second behind Coulthard in the final race was Winterbottom, who crossed the line with a detached front guard, with James Courtney third.

But the series points table is still led by Red Bull Racing's Jamie Whincup, who finished fifth in the last race.

Bright's win was his first V8 Supercar race success in two years.

He won the 42-lap run by 3.5 seconds from Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander.

Bright's last victory was at Winton in country Victoria in 2011.

"It's been too long again," Bright said. "I seem to be putting long breaks in between my wins.

"But the car has come out of the box strong and hopefully it will continue for the rest of the year."

There was early drama in the first race when David Reynolds' Falcon was slammed into a rail guarding the wall on lap two.

At the exit of the hairpin, Reynolds, David Wall and the Nissan of Michael Caruso were three wide and Reynolds was left with no room.

The impact ripped the front suspension from his Ford but Reynolds was unhurt.

"I ended up hitting two walls for the first time ever," Reynolds joked later.

Red Bull Racing's Craig Lowndes, who is chasing the all-time touring car race win record, continued to have a miserable weekend.

Lowndes qualified off the pace and took his Holden home in 10th place. He was 11th in the last race.

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