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    The 2008 Midas 400 was the fifth round of the 2008 V8 Supercar season. It was held on the weekend of 7 to 9 June Sandown Raceway in Melbourne, Victoria. With most states of Australia celebrating a public holiday on the Monday celebrating the Queen's birthday, the meeting took the unusual format of Saturday-Monday instead of Friday-Sunday.

    Practice

    Qualifying was held on Saturday 7 June. Following on from the Eastern Creek round of the series, a 'rookie' practice session was held, allowing younger and newer drivers to gain additional testing laps. Teams were also allowed to use the session to test their co-drivers who will step into the teams for the Phillip Island 500 and Bathurst 1000 races later in the season which require two drivers per car. Of the enduro co-drivers, Steve Owen was fastest[1] driving for Jim Beam Racing. Paul Radisich (HSV Dealer Team) was second fastest ahead of Jason Bargwanna (Rod Nash Racing). Other co-drivers to take part, in order were John McIntyre (Glenfords Racing), Warren Luff (Jim Beam Racing), Dean Canto (Ford Performance Racing), Craig Baird and Glenn Seton (both Holden Racing Team), David Besnard (Stone Brothers Racing), Greg Ritter (Garry Rogers Motorsport), Dale Wood (Tasman Motorsport), Paul Weel (Paul Weel Racing), Nathan Pretty (Jack Daniel's Racing), Brad Jones (Brad Jones Racing), Jack Perkins (Jack Daniel's Racing), Luke Youlden (Ford Performance Racing) and Grant Denyer (Ford Rising Stars Racing).

    Fastest driver of the day was Garth Tander, the only driver to lap faster than Owen. James Courtney, Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup were the only drivers within a tenth of Owen's best lap.

    Qualifying

    Qualifying was held on Sunday 8 June. Jamie Whincup slammed home pole position in the final moments of qualifying, some four-tenths clear of the field. Mark Winterbottom was second fastest, leading Will Davison and leading Holden, Rick Kelly by only a few hundredths of a second. Fabian Coulthard had a best ever qualifying result to be fifth fastest with Russell Ingall also well up in sixth, 19 grid spots ahead of his teammate. Handling issues slowed the Holden Racing Team, both Garth Tander and Mark Skaife missing the cut for the top ten.

    Race 1

    Race 1 was held on Sunday 8 June. Steven Richards and Todd Kelly tangled on the opening lap, Greg Murphy spun on the second lap, all three dropping to the tail of the field. Andrew Thompson spun Marcus Marshall around at the top of the straight. Will Davison retired from the race in the early running with an engine problem, spoiling the good work from qualifying. Craig Lowndes damaged his car trying to get past Davison. Rick Kelly had lurid 160 km/h spin in the Esses without hitting the walls or the cars in close company, only losing three spots.

    As the race settled Whincup pulled further and further away, only Winterbottom was able to hang on to finish second. Craig Lowndes fought his way into third position. Russell Ingall took his best finish of the season to finish top Holden in fourth ahead of Garth Tander, recovering from a poor grid position. Coulthard finished eighth, capitalising on his qualifying performance. Shane van Gisbergen finished an excellent ninth.

    Race 2

    Race 2 was held on Monday 9 June.

    Race 3

    Race 3 was held on Monday 9 June.

    Results

    Results as follows:[2]

    Qualifying

    Pos No Name Car Team Part 3 Part 2 Part 1
    1 88 Australia Jamie Whincup Ford BF Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:09.6987
    2 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford BF Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:10.0184
    3 18 Australia Will Davison Ford BF Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:10.0328
    4 15 Australia Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore HSV Dealer Team 1:10.0588
    5 111 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Ford BF Falcon Paul Cruickshank Racing 1:10.0800
    6 39 Australia Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:10.1399
    7 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford BF Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:10.1750
    8 7 Australia Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Perkins Engineering 1:10.1754
    9 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Ford BF Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:10.2646
    10 3 New Zealand Jason Richards Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport 1:10.5183
    11 4 Australia James Courtney Ford BF Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:10.3794
    12 1 Australia Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:10.4050
    13 2 Australia Mark Skaife Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:10.4187
    14 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:10.4387
    15 16 Australia Paul Dumbrell Holden VE Commodore HSV Dealer Team 1:10.4769
    16 17 Australia Steven Johnson Ford BF Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:10.6166
    17 9 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Ford BF Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:10.6738
    18 50 Australia Andrew Thompson Holden VE Commodore Paul Weel Racing 1:10.7576
    19 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport 1:10.8247
    20 55 Australia Tony D'Alberto Holden VE Commodore Rod Nash Racing 1:10.9508
    21 12 Australia Andrew Jones Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:10.9803
    22 11 Australia Shane Price Holden VE Commodore Perkins Engineering 1:11.0068
    23 34 Australia Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:11.0287
    24 14 Australia Cameron McConville Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:11.0451
    25 67 Australia Paul Morris Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:11.0718
    26 26 Australia Marcus Marshall Ford BF Falcon Britek Motorsport 1:11.4351
    27 021 New Zealand Kayne Scott Ford BF Falcon Team Kiwi Racing 1:11.6500
    28 25 Australia Jason Bright Ford BF Falcon Britek Motorsport 1:11.6990
    29 777 Australia Michael Patrizi Ford BF Falcon Ford Rising Stars Racing 1:12.2580

    Race 1 results

    Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
    1 88 Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 39 47:18.7876 1 100
    2 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 39 +3.2s 2 92
    3 888 Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 39 +11.6s 9 86
    4 39 Russell Ingall Supercheap Auto Racing 39 +15.7s 6 80
    5 1 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 39 +17.8s 12 74
    6 4 James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 39 +18.2s 11 68
    7 15 Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 39 +24.1s 4 64
    8 111 Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Racing 39 +24.5s 5 60
    9 9 Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 39 +30.0s 17 56
    10 2 Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 39 +31.0s 13 52
    11 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 39 +31.4s 14 48
    12 16 Paul Dumbrell HSV Dealer Team 39 +31.9s 15 46
    13 17 Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 39 +32.2s 16 44
    14 14 Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing 39 +32.8s 24 42
    15 67 Paul Morris Team Sirromet Wines 39 +38.2s 25 40
    16 12 Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing 39 +43.9s 18 38
    17 7 Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 39 +44.2s 8 36
    18 3 Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 39 +45.1s 10 34
    19 11 Shane Price Jack Daniel's Racing 39 +48.8s 22 32
    20 34 Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 39 +52.8s 23 30
    21 021 Kayne Scott Team Kiwi Racing 39 +63.8s 27 28
    22 51 Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 39 +64.7s 19 26
    23 6 Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 39 +64.7s 7 24
    24 50 Andrew Thompson Paul Weel Racing 39 +96.9s 18 22
    25 55 Tony D'Alberto Rod Nash Racing 30 + 9 laps 20 20
    DNF 25 Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 11 28
    DNF 777 Michael Patrizi Ford Rising Stars Racing 9 29
    DNF 18 Will Davison Jim Beam Racing 7 Engine 3
    DNF 26 Marcus Marshall Britek Motorsport 6 26

    Race 2 results

    Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
    1 888 Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 39 56:19.9593 3 100
    2 9 Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 39 +2.4s 9 92
    3 88 Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 39 +2.9s 1 86
    4 4 James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 39 +4.7s 6 80
    5 17 Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 39 +4.8s 13 74
    6 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 39 +6.1s 2 68
    7 39 Russell Ingall Supercheap Auto Racing 39 +8.5s 4 64
    8 7 Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 39 +9.3s 17 60
    9 1 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 39 +10.0s 5 56
    10 14 Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing 39 +13.6s 14 52
    11 18 Will Davison Jim Beam Racing 39 +14.6s 28 48
    12 15 Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 39 +16.0s 7 46
    13 16 Paul Dumbrell HSV Dealer Team 39 +19.8s 12 44
    14 111 Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Racing 39 +21.1s 8 42
    15 25 Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 39 +22.0s 26 40
    16 6 Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 39 +23.1s 23 38
    17 12 Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing 39 +23.9s 16 36
    18 2 Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 39 +28.6s 10 34
    19 11 Shane Price Jack Daniel's Racing 39 +29.0s 19 32
    20 3 Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 39 +59.3s 18 30
    21 67 Paul Morris Team Sirromet Wines 39 +79.7s 16 28
    22 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 38 + 1 lap 11 26
    23 34 Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 38 + 1 lap 20 24
    24 26 Marcus Marshall Britek Motorsport 38 + 1 lap 29 22
    25 55 Tony D'Alberto Rod Nash Racing 38 + 1 lap 25 20
    26 51 Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 38 + 1 lap 22 18
    27 50 Andrew Thompson Paul Weel Racing 38 + 1 lap 24 16
    28 021 Kayne Scott Team Kiwi Racing 37 + 2 laps 21 14
    DSQ 777 Michael Patrizi Ford Rising Stars Racing 27

    Race 3 results

    Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
    1 88 Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 39 47:20.7150 3 100
    2 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 39 +2.1s 6 92
    3 4 James Courtney Stone Brothers Racing 39 +6.8s 4 86
    4 9 Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 39 +18.0s 2 80
    5 7 Todd Kelly Jack Daniel's Racing 39 +18.4s 8 74
    6 39 Russell Ingall Supercheap Auto Racing 39 +18.9s 7 68
    7 18 Will Davison Jim Beam Racing 39 +19.2s 11 64
    8 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 39 +20.5s 22 60
    9 6 Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 39 +20.9s 16 56
    10 17 Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 39 +31.9s 5 52
    11 51 Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 39 +32.2s 26 48
    12 1 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 39 +32.7s 9 46
    13 14 Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing 39 +41.1s 10 44
    14 25 Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 39 +53.8s 15 42
    15 12 Andrew Jones Brad Jones Racing 39 +54.9s 17 40
    16 3 Jason Richards Tasman Motorsport 39 +55.5s 20 38
    17 15 Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 39 +55.7s 12 36
    18 11 Shane Price Jack Daniel's Racing 39 +56.3s 19 34
    19 34 Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 39 +56.8s 23 32
    20 50 Andrew Thompson Paul Weel Racing 39 +67.5s 27 30
    21 26 Marcus Marshall Britek Motorsport 39 +73.0s 24 28
    22 2 Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team 39 +73.4s 18 26
    23 021 Kayne Scott Team Kiwi Racing 39 +73.4s 28 24
    24 67 Paul Morris Team Sirromet Wines 38 + 1 lap 21 22
    25 55 Tony D'Alberto Rod Nash Racing 38 + 1 lap 25 20
    26 777 Michael Patrizi Ford Rising Stars Racing 38 + 1 lap 29 18
    27 16 Paul Dumbrell HSV Dealer Team 36 + 3 laps 13 16
    DNF 111 Fabian Coulthard Glenfords Racing 21 14
    DNS 888 Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 0 Rear Axle 1

    Standings

    After round 5 of 14.

    Pos No Name Team Points
    1 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 1124
    2 1 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 1072
    3 88 Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 1062
    4 15 Rick Kelly HSV Dealer Team 1028
    5 888 Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 897

    Support categories

    The 2008 Midas 400 had four support categories.

    Category Round winner
    Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series Steve Owen (Holden VZ Commodore)
    Carrera Cup Craig Baird (Porsche 997 GT3 Cup)
    Formula Ford Paul Laskazeski (Spectrum 011b Ford)
    Mini Challenge Australia Jason Bargwanna (Mini Cooper S)

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