Red Bull Holden Racing Team share the spoils with Shell V-Power Racing Fords as they took one-two wins in Race 3 and Race 4 respectively at Tyrepower Tasmania Symmons Plains.
Race 3 was cut short when a horrific pile up was caused by contact between Fabian Coulthard (DJR Team Penske), which then set off another incident between Garth Tander (GRM) and Cameron Waters (Prodrive). It then spread to the rest of the field causing carnage amongst 12 cars in total. Will Davison attempted to bypass the carnage by running on to the grass strip, but speared straight into Rick Kelly’s Sengled Racing Nissan Altima, leaving both cars seriously damaged. Will Davison was later hospitalized when he complained of back pain. That left Shane van Gisbergen leading his team mates Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes across the finish line, after the race was suspended for 50 minutes.
Jamie Whincup drove brilliantly to take pole position for Race 4, but a combination of safety cars and pit lane strategy saw Fabian Coulthard soar six places to finish first, leading his teammate Scott Mclaughlin across the line. Jamie Whincup claimed the final spot on the podium.
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