The 2015 Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint was a motor race for V8 Supercars held on the weekend of 27–29 March 2015. The event was held at the Symmons Plains Raceway in Launceston, Tasmania, and consisted of two sprint races, each over a distance of 60 kilometres (37 miles) and one endurance race over a distance of 200 kilometres (124 miles). It was the second round of fourteen in the 2015 International V8 Supercars Championship.

Prior to the start of the event, DJR Team Penske's Marcos Ambrose decided to step down from the driver's seat. He announced that he will work with the team and further practice with the car before he returns for the Endurance Cup. Scott Pye, who raced for the team in 2014, was announced as the replacement for Ambrose.[1] David Reynolds and Andre Heimgartner transferred over to the Ford FG X Falcon for the event and the rest of the 2015 season.[2]

Saturday was a good day for Triple Eight Race Engineering's Craig Lowndes, who managed to secure pole position for both races to be held later in the day.[3] Lowndes then proceeded to win the first race of the weekend, ahead of Mark Winterbottom and James Courtney.[4] Erebus Motorsport's Will Davison, who started fourth on the grid, missed out on a potential podium finish after being spun around by Courtney at turn 4 on the first lap. After Davison commented that Courtney's performance was 'stupid' and 'arrogant', no further action on the incident was decided by the race stewards. Lowndes again led home the field in Race 5, ahead of teammate Jamie Whincup.[5]

Lowndes took a clean sweep of pole positions on Sunday taking pole for the 200 km (124 mi) Race 6, alongside Reynolds.[6] The two managed to tangle at turn 2 on the first lap; Lowndes received a pit lane penalty for spinning Reynolds around in the incident. Whincup took the lead and led until the finish line. Chaz Mostert finished second and Shane van Gisbergen finished third. The two wins for Lowndes meant that he moved to 99 ATCC/V8 Supercar wins in his career, while Whincup moved into second place on the all-time wins list with 91, passing Mark Skaife's tally of 90 wins.[7]

Results

Race 4

Qualifying

Pos. No. Driver Car Team Time
1 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 0:51.6558
2 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia 0:51.7030
3 22 Australia James Courtney Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team 0:51.7675
4 9 Australia Will Davison Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport 0:51.7889
5 55 Australia David Reynolds Ford FG X Falcon Rod Nash Racing 0:51.7942
6 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden VF Commodore Tekno Autosports 0:51.8378
7 6 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia 0:51.8875
8 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 0:51.9057
9 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team 0:51.9852
10 300 Australia Tim Slade Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 0:52.0973
11 111 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Ford FG X Falcon Super Black Racing 0:52.1210
12 7 Australia Todd Kelly Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 0:52.1442
13 14 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing 0:52.1596
14 18 Australia Lee Holdsworth Holden VF Commodore Charlie Schwerkolt Racing 0:52.1926
15 17 Australia Scott Pye Ford FG X Falcon DJR Team Penske 0:52.1959
16 99 Australia James Moffat Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 0:52.2040
17 33 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 Garry Rogers Motorsport 0:52.2061
18 21 Australia Dale Wood Holden VF Commodore Britek Motorsport 0:52.2363
19 15 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 0:52.2420
20 4 Australia Ashley Walsh Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport 0:52.2641
21 23 Australia Michael Caruso Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 0:52.2727
22 8 Australia Jason Bright Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing 0:52.2829
23 222 Australia Nick Percat Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 0:52.3908
24 34 Australia David Wall Volvo S60 Garry Rogers Motorsport 0:52.4557
25 3 Australia Tim Blanchard Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 0:52.6047

Race

Pos. No. Driver Car Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 25 22:01.3121 1 75
2 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia 25 +2.2 s 2 69
3 22 Australia James Courtney Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team 25 +3.0 s 3 64
4 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden VF Commodore Tekno Autosports 25 +8.4 s 8 60
5 6 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia 25 +8.8 s 6 55
6 55 Australia David Reynolds Ford FG X Falcon Rod Nash Racing 25 +9.8 s 5 51
7 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 25 +10.0 s 7 48
8 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team 25 +10.9 s 9 45
9 300 Australia Tim Slade Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 25 +13.3 s 10 42
10 14 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing 25 +14.0 s 13 39
11 111 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Ford FG X Falcon Super Black Racing 25 +15.9 s 11 36
12 99 Australia James Moffat Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 25 +18.0 s 16 34
13 21 Australia Dale Wood Holden VF Commodore Britek Motorsport 25 +21.5 s 18 33
14 15 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 25 +23.4 s 19 31
15 23 Australia Michael Caruso Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 25 +26.1 s 21 30
16 222 Australia Nick Percat Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 25 +27.3 s 23 28
17 9 Australia Will Davison Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport 25 +27.5 s 4 27
18 17 Australia Scott Pye Ford FG X Falcon DJR Team Penske 25 +28.5 s 15 25
19 8 Australia Jason Bright Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing 25 +29.5 s 22 24
20 34 Australia David Wall Volvo S60 Garry Rogers Motorsport 25 +31.6 s 24 22
21 3 Australia Tim Blanchard Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 25 +34.9 s 25 21
22 18 Australia Lee Holdsworth Holden VF Commodore Charlie Schwerkolt Racing 25 +42.8 s 14 19
23 7 Australia Todd Kelly Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 25 +48.4 s 12 18
DNF 4 Australia Ashley Walsh Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport 11 20
DNF 33 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 Garry Rogers Motorsport 0 17

Race 5

Qualifying

Pos. No. Driver Car Team Time
1 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 0:51.6213
2 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 0:51.7188
3 22 Australia James Courtney Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team 0:51.7550
4 55 Australia David Reynolds Ford FG X Falcon Rod Nash Racing 0:51.8263
5 111 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Ford FG X Falcon Super Black Racing 0:51.8336
6 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team 0:51.8663
7 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia 0:51.8817
8 33 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 Garry Rogers Motorsport 0:51.9132
9 9 Australia Will Davison Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport 0:51.9332
10 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden VF Commodore Tekno Autosports 0:51.9398
11 18 Australia Lee Holdsworth Holden VF Commodore Charlie Schwerkolt Racing 0:51.9442
12 7 Australia Todd Kelly Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 0:51.9518
13 14 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing 0:51.9520
14 6 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia 0:51.9531
15 300 Australia Tim Slade Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 0:51.9663
16 15 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 0:52.0023
17 8 Australia Jason Bright Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing 0:52.0702
18 17 Australia Scott Pye Ford FG X Falcon DJR Team Penske 0:52.1055
19 21 Australia Dale Wood Holden VF Commodore Britek Motorsport 0:52.1556
20 4 Australia Ashley Walsh Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport 0:52.2204
21 99 Australia James Moffat Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 0:52.2912
22 222 Australia Nick Percat Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 0:52.3292
23 23 Australia Michael Caruso Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 0:52.3578
24 34 Australia David Wall Volvo S60 Garry Rogers Motorsport 0:52.4435
25 3 Australia Tim Blanchard Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 0:52.5512

Race

Pos. No. Driver Car Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 25 24:24.0674 1 75
2 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 25 +1.6 s 2 69
3 22 Australia James Courtney Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team 25 +5.5 s 3 64
4 55 Australia David Reynolds Ford FG X Falcon Rod Nash Racing 25 +7.5 s 4 60
5 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team 25 +8.6 s 6 55
6 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia 25 +9.1 s 7 51
7 9 Australia Will Davison Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport 25 +9.6 s 9 48
8 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden VF Commodore Tekno Autosports 25 +10.2 s 10 45
9 33 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 Garry Rogers Motorsport 25 +12.6 s 8 42
10 14 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing 25 +13.2 s 13 39
11 18 Australia Lee Holdsworth Holden VF Commodore Charlie Schwerkolt Racing 25 +13.7 s 11 36
12 6 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia 25 +14.1 s 14 34
13 7 Australia Todd Kelly Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 25 +16.7 s 12 33
14 300 Australia Tim Slade Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 25 +17.1 s 15 31
15 8 Australia Jason Bright Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing 25 +18.5 s 17 30
16 15 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 25 +20.6 s 16 28
17 17 Australia Scott Pye Ford FG X Falcon DJR Team Penske 25 +21.1 s 18 27
18 222 Australia Nick Percat Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 25 +21.5 s 22 25
19 99 Australia James Moffat Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 25 +22.3 s 21 24
20 34 Australia David Wall Volvo S60 Garry Rogers Motorsport 25 +25.2 s 24 22
21 3 Australia Tim Blanchard Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 25 +27.1 s 25 21
22 4 Australia Ashley Walsh Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport 25 +32.9 s 20 19
23 23 Australia Michael Caruso Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 25 +35.0 s 23 18
24 21 Australia Dale Wood Holden VF Commodore Britek Motorsport 24 +1 lap 19 16
25 111 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Ford FG X Falcon Super Black Racing 23 +2 laps 5 15

Race 6

Qualifying

Pos. No. Driver Car Team Time
1 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 0:51.7978
2 55 Australia David Reynolds Ford FG X Falcon Rod Nash Racing 0:51.8463
3 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 0:51.8532
4 9 Australia Will Davison Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport 0:51.9062
5 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden VF Commodore Tekno Autosports 0:51.9125
6 6 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia 0:52.0099
7 111 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Ford FG X Falcon Super Black Racing 0:52.0172
8 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team 0:52.0219
9 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia 0:52.0668
10 8 Australia Jason Bright Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing 0:52.0972
11 33 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 Garry Rogers Motorsport 0:52.1461
12 22 Australia James Courtney Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team 0:52.1899
13 21 Australia Dale Wood Holden VF Commodore Britek Motorsport 0:52.1906
14 14 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing 0:52.1991
15 18 Australia Lee Holdsworth Holden VF Commodore Charlie Schwerkolt Racing 0:52.2249
16 300 Australia Tim Slade Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 0:52.2454
17 222 Australia Nick Percat Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 0:52.2502
18 4 Australia Ashley Walsh Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport 0:52.2516
19 15 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 0:52.2945
20 7 Australia Todd Kelly Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 0:52.3503
21 17 Australia Scott Pye Ford FG X Falcon DJR Team Penske 0:52.3642
22 99 Australia James Moffat Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 0:52.3730
23 34 Australia David Wall Volvo S60 Garry Rogers Motorsport 0:52.3898
24 23 Australia Michael Caruso Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 0:52.3929
25 3 Australia Tim Blanchard Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 0:52.9913

Race

Pos. No. Driver Car Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 84 1:15:21.0176 3 150
2 6 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia 84 +3.5 s 6 138
3 97 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Holden VF Commodore Tekno Autosports 84 +15.3 s 5 129
4 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team 84 +15.9 s 8 120
5 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG X Falcon Prodrive Racing Australia 84 +24.5 s 9 111
6 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden VF Commodore Triple Eight Race Engineering 84 +26.9 s 1 102
7 33 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 Garry Rogers Motorsport 84 +28.0 s 11 96
8 111 New Zealand Andre Heimgartner Ford FG X Falcon Super Black Racing 84 +31.6 s 7 90
9 14 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing 84 +32.2 s 14 84
10 22 Australia James Courtney Holden VF Commodore Holden Racing Team 84 +40.4 s 12 78
11 55 Australia David Reynolds Ford FG X Falcon Rod Nash Racing 84 +41.0 s 2 72
12 8 Australia Jason Bright Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing 84 +52.2 s 10 69
13 7 Australia Todd Kelly Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 84 +52.5 s 20 66
14 15 Australia Rick Kelly Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 83 +1 lap 19 63
15 21 Australia Dale Wood Holden VF Commodore Britek Motorsport 83 +1 lap 13 60
16 18 Australia Lee Holdsworth Holden VF Commodore Charlie Schwerkolt Racing 83 +1 lap 15 57
17 222 Australia Nick Percat Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 83 +1 lap 17 54
18 17 Australia Scott Pye Ford FG X Falcon DJR Team Penske 83 +1 lap 21 51
19 23 Australia Michael Caruso Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 83 +1 lap 24 48
20 3 Australia Tim Blanchard Holden VF Commodore Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 83 +1 lap 25 45
21 4 Australia Ashley Walsh Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport 83 +1 lap 18 42
22 99 Australia James Moffat Nissan Altima L33 Nissan Motorsport 82 +2 laps 22 39
23 9 Australia Will Davison Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Erebus Motorsport 65 +19 laps 4 36
DNF 300 Australia Tim Slade Holden VF Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 82 16
DNF 34 Australia David Wall Volvo S60 Garry Rogers Motorsport 0 23

Championship standings

  • After Race 6 of 36.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

  1. ^ "Ambrose steps down from full-time V8 Supercars drive". Speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (16 March 2015). "FG Falcon signs off as Super Black upgrades". Speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  3. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (28 March 2015). "Lowndes takes Symmons Plains pole double". Speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Lowndes converts pole to victory for Red Bull". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Lowndes doubles up at Tasmania". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Craig Lowndes repeats qualifying form at Symmons Plains". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Australian Associated Press. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Jamie Whincup wins V8 Supercars race at Symmons Plains as Craig Lowndes blunders". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Australian Associated Press. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.

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