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    The 2008 BigPond 400 was the fourth round of the 2008 V8 Supercar season. It was held on the weekend of 9 to 11 May at Barbagallo Raceway in Wanneroo, north of Perth, Western Australia.

    Qualifying

    Qualifying was held on Saturday 10 May. Mark Winterbottom snatched pole position away from Mark Skaife in the final seconds of qualifying, which had to that point looked like an all-Holden Racing Team front row with Garth Tander just behind his teammate. Craig Lowndes qualified fourth for Team Vodafone. James Courtney debuted a new Stone Brothers Racing Falcon in fifth place. Todd Kelly likewise made a stellar debut with a new car, qualifying eighth. Jamie Whincup racing the repaired Craig Lowndes car from the Clipsal 500 was a disappointing 22nd, starting alongside fellow points front runner Lee Holdsworth.

    Race 1

    Race 1 was held on Saturday 10 May. Mark Winterbottom took his second race victory of the year, a surprisingly comfortable win ahead of the HRT pair of Mark Skaife and Garth Tander. Tander was pushed hard by Steven Richards and Craig Lowndes. A collision at race start saw Jason Bright touch Greg Murphy who in turn made contact with Michael Caruso, sending Bright and Caruso out of control towards turn 7, where crossing the track Caruso struck Shane van Gisbergen. The incident triggered a safety car. Jamie Whincup and Will Davison charged through to seventh and eight positions from poor qualifying places. James Courtney was fighting amongst that group but fading rear tyres led Courtney to attempt defensive moves that raised the ire of race control, leading to first the bad sportsmanship flag, then a black flag drive through penalty which dropped him down field.

    Race 2

    Race 2 was held on Sunday 11 May. Winterbottom backed it up with a second race victory, pushed all the way by Garth Tander. Jason Richards missed the start with engine problems. A slow start from Mark Skaife off the front row saw a collision with Steven Richards at turn 3 of the first lap. Skaife broadsided the wall but Richards attempted to continue with a punctured left rear tyre, limping back to the pits. Russell Ingall result was caused by a drive-through penalty for pit-lane speeding. Lee Holdsworth was pinged for a drive-through for an unsafe pitstop release, emerging onto the track as rain began to fall and made contact with Paul Dumbrell. Cameron McConville slithered into the stopped cars. Ingall, likewise put down-field by his penalty stop damaged his steering in a clash with race leader Jamie Whincup as Ingall was being lapped. Ingall later picked up a $5,000 fine for careless driving.[1] Whincup stayed out during the brief rain squall, and took advantage of being able to pitstop at a better time, jumping back into the field in third place, right in front of teammate Craig Lowndes, the Team Vodafone pair race to the finish together. James Courtney recovered from race 1 dramas to finish seventh while Steven Richards recovered to ninth position falling just short of overtaking Todd Kelly. Shane van Gisbergen's repaired Falcon just made the top ten.

    Race 3

    Race 3 was held on Sunday 11 May. An early race clash between Russell Ingall and Jason Richards, saw Richards into the pits with a front left puncture and a flapping door for Ingall. Ingall then subsequently picked up his second pit lane speeding infringement of the weekend.

    Results

    Results as follows:[2]

    Qualifying

    Pos No Name Car Team Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
    1 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford BF Falcon Ford Performance Racing 0:56.4362
    2 2 Australia Mark Skaife Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 0:56.4786
    3 1 Australia Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 0:56.5891
    4 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Ford BF Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering 0:56.7294
    5 4 Australia James Courtney Ford BF Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 0:56.8055
    6 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford BF Falcon Ford Performance Racing 0:56.8862
    7 15 Australia Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore HSV Dealer Team 0:56.9660
    8 7 Australia Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Perkins Engineering 0:56.9664
    9 16 Australia Paul Dumbrell Holden VE Commodore HSV Dealer Team 0:57.0601
    10 9 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Ford BF Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 0:57.3704
    11 3 New Zealand Jason Richards Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport 0:57.0268
    12 34 Australia Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 0:57.0338
    13 14 Australia Cameron McConville Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 0:57.0472
    14 39 Australia Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 0:57.0619
    15 25 Australia Jason Bright Ford BF Falcon Britek Motorsport 0:57.0958
    16 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport 0:57.1933
    17 18 Australia Will Davison Ford BF Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 0:57.2148
    18 12 Australia Andrew Jones Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 0:57.2549
    19 50 Australia Andrew Thompson Holden VE Commodore Paul Weel Racing 0:57.3061
    20 26 Australia Marcus Marshall Ford BF Falcon Britek Motorsport 0:57.5735
    21 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 0:57.2779
    22 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Ford BF Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering 0:57.2806
    23 111 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Ford BF Falcon Paul Cruickshank Racing 0:57.2812
    24 17 Australia Steven Johnson Ford BF Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 0:57.2842
    25 67 Australia Paul Morris Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 0:57.3050
    26 11 Australia Shane Price Holden VE Commodore Perkins Engineering 0:57.3176
    27 777 Australia Michael Patrizi Ford BF Falcon Ford Rising Stars Racing 0:57.0958
    28 55 Australia Tony D'Alberto Holden VE Commodore Rod Nash Racing 0:57.7454
    29 021 New Zealand Kayne Scott Ford BF Falcon Team Kiwi Racing 0:59.0170

    Race 1 results

    Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
    1 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 50 53:09.6602 1 100
    2 2 Australia Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 50 +2.6s 2 92
    3 1 Australia Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 50 +5.9s 3 86
    4 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 50 +6.2s 6 80
    5 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 50 +7.7s 4 74
    6 15 Australia Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 50 +14.7s 7 68
    7 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 50 +15.8s 22 64
    8 18 Australia Will Davison Dick Johnson Racing 50 +18.0s 17 60
    9 7 Australia Todd Kelly Perkins Engineering 50 +22.2s 8 56
    10 14 Australia Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing 50 +24.3s 13 52
    11 39 Australia Russell Ingall Paul Morris Motorsport 50 +27.6s 14 48
    12 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 50 +30.8s 16 46
    13 17 Australia Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 50 +30.9s 24 44
    14 12 Australia Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing 50 +32.0s 18 42
    15 16 Australia Paul Dumbrell HSV Dealer Team 50 +32.8s 9 40
    16 67 Australia Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport 50 +34.0s 25 38
    17 111 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Paul Cruickshank Racing 50 +36.2s 23 36
    18 11 Australia Shane Price Perkins Engineering 50 +37.1s 26 34
    19 777 Australia Michael Patrizi Ford Rising Stars Racing 50 +42.0s 27 32
    20 4 Australia James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 50 +45.4s 5 30
    21 55 Australia Tony D'Alberto Rod Nash Racing 50 +45.6s 28 28
    22 26 Australia Marcus Marshall Britek Motorsport 49 + 1 Lap 20 26
    23 021 Australia Kayne Scott Team Kiwi Racing 49 + 1 Lap 29 24
    24 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 49 + 1 Lap 21 22
    DNF 3 New Zealand Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 22 Engine 11
    DNF 50 Australia Andrew Thompson Paul Weel Racing 7 Engine 19
    DNF 9 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 0 Collision 10
    DNF 34 Australia Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 0 Collision 12
    DNF 25 Australia Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 0 Collision 15

    Race 2 results

    Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
    1 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 50 53:34.4946 1 100
    2 1 Australia Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 50 +1.6s 3 92
    3 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 50 +4.0s 7 86
    4 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 50 +5.1s 5 80
    5 15 Australia Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 50 +14.3s 6 74
    6 18 Australia Will Davison Dick Johnson Racing 50 +14.6s 8 68
    7 4 Australia James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 50 +22.3s 20 64
    8 7 Australia Todd Kelly Perkins Engineering 50 +25.0s 9 60
    9 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 50 +25.1s 4 56
    10 9 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 50 +28.3s 27 52
    11 12 Australia Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing 50 +32.3s 14 48
    12 111 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Paul Cruickshank Racing 50 +32.7s 17 46
    13 17 Australia Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 50 +33.7s 13 44
    14 25 Australia Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 50 +38.7s 29 42
    15 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 50 +39.2s 12 40
    16 34 Australia Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 50 +39.7s 28 38
    17 26 Australia Marcus Marshall Britek Motorsport 50 +47.7s 22 36
    18 50 Australia Andrew Thompson Paul Weel Racing 50 +47.9s 26 34
    19 11 Australia Shane Price Perkins Engineering 50 +52.5s 18 32
    20 55 Australia Tony D'Alberto Rod Nash Racing 49 + 1 Lap 21 30
    21 777 Australia Michael Patrizi Ford Rising Stars Racing 49 + 1 Lap 19 28
    22 16 Australia Paul Dumbrell HSV Dealer Team 49 + 1 Lap 15 26
    23 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 49 + 1 Lap 24 24
    24 021 New Zealand Kayne Scott Team Kiwi Racing 49 + 1 Lap 23 22
    25 67 Australia Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport 45 + 5 Laps 16 20
    DNF 39 Australia Russell Ingall Paul Morris Motorsport 17 Steering 11
    DNF 14 Australia Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing 17 Collision 10
    DNF 2 Australia Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 0 Collision 2
    DNS 3 New Zealand Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 0 Engine 25

    Race 3 results

    Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
    1 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 50 49:06.2004 1 100
    2 1 Australia Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 50 +4.1s 2 92
    3 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 50 +4.8s 3 86
    4 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 50 +17.2s 4 80
    5 18 Australia Will Davison Dick Johnson Racing 50 +19.9s 6 74
    6 15 Australia Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 50 +20.9s 5 68
    7 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 50 +21.1s 9 64
    8 4 Australia James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 50 +23.1s 7 60
    9 111 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Paul Cruickshank Racing 50 +24.7s 12 56
    10 14 Australia Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing 50 +26.0s 26 52
    11 67 Australia Paul Morris Paul Morris Motorsport 50 +26.7s 25 48
    12 9 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 50 +29.5s 10 46
    13 25 Australia Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 50 +33.6s 14 44
    14 12 Australia Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing 50 +35.5s 11 42
    15 17 Australia Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 50 +42.4s 13 40
    16 16 Australia Paul Dumbrell HSV Dealer Team 50 +42.7s 22 38
    17 34 Australia Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 50 +43.2s 16 36
    18 50 Australia Andrew Thompson Paul Weel Racing 50 +43.5s 18 34
    19 26 Australia Marcus Marshall Britek Motorsport 50 +58.0s 17 32
    20 777 Australia Michael Patrizi Ford Rising Stars Racing 49 + 1 Lap 21 30
    21 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 49 + 1 Lap 15 28
    23 55 Australia Tony D'Alberto Rod Nash Racing 48 + 2 Laps 20 24
    24 39 Australia Russell Ingall Paul Morris Motorsport 48 + 2 Laps 27 22
    DNF 7 Australia Todd Kelly Perkins Engineering 38 Electrical 8
    DNF 021 New Zealand Kayne Scott Team Kiwi Racing 13 Steering 24
    DNF 11 Australia Shane Price Perkins Engineering 9 19
    DNF 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 7 Steering 23
    DNS 3 New Zealand Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 0 Engine 28
    DNS 2 Australia Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team

    Standings

    After round 4 of 14

    Pos No Name Team Points
    1 1 Australia Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 896
    2 15 Australia Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 882
    3 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 872
    4 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 776
    5 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 721

    Support categories

    The 2008 BigPond 400 had four support categories.

    Category Round winner
    Australian Carrera Cup Championship New Zealand Craig Baird (Porsche 997 GT3 Cup)
    V8 Utes Australia Grant Johnson (Holden VE Ute SS)
    Mini Challenge Australia Australia Damien White (Mini Cooper S)
    Historic Touring Cars Australia Paul Stubber (Chevrolet Camaro)

    References

    1. ^ "Stewards update 5 summary of penalties". V8Supercar.com.au. 11 May 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008.[permanent dead link]
    2. ^ "Barbagallo Raceway Wanneroo 11/05/2008 BigPond 400 - 2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series, Round 4". National Software. 11 May 2008. Archived from the original on 18 June 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008.

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