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    The 2009 Dunlop Townsville 400 was the sixth race meeting of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series. It contained Racess 11 and 12 of the series and was held on the weekend of 11–12 July at Townsville Street Circuit, in Townsville in Queensland, Australia.

    New event

    The 2009 Townsville 400 is the inaugural running of this race. The first time a major motorsport has been held in North Queensland, the race has been assembled around a specially created street circuit, as no permanent racing facilities exist in north Queensland, apart from clay surface speedway circuits. Apart from Speedway racing, the largest event previously held in this part of Australia have been rounds of the Queensland Rally Championship.

    The race will follow V8 Supercar's most familiar street circuit format with two races evenly split over the Saturday and Sunday of the event. Similar to the Hamilton 400 event the races will be 200 kilometres in length, rather than those of the Adelaide 500 which are 250 kilometres long.[1]

    The 2.85 kilometre Townsville Street Circuit becomes the sixth race track in Queensland to host a round of the Australian Touring Car Championship (of which the V8 Supercars form a part of its history), following Lowood circuit, Lakeside Raceway, Surfers Paradise Raceway, Queensland Raceway and most recently the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit.

    The race also represents an important litmus test for V8 Supercar, as this is the second time they have attempted to grow a street race event in a region where motor racing had not previously had a following, after the failure of the Canberra 400.

    Changes

    Mark McNally makes his V8 Supercar series debut, replacing Dale Wood in the #16 Kelly Racing Holden Commodore. Wood remains with the team, although it has not yet been confirmed that Wood will form part of the team's endurance racing squad.[2]

    Jason Bright debuts his new race car, the first built by his new team. Stone Brothers Racing. The Ford FG Falcon replaces the Ford BF Falcon that Bright brought to the team from his former team, Britek Motorsport.[3] The only drivers left in the series still running the older BF Falcons now are PCR's Michael Patrizi and the car of Marcus Marshall whose proposed sale of the team to Grant Sherrin of Sherrin Motorsport fell through since the previous round of the series at Hidden Valley Raceway.[4]

    Results

    Race 11

    Qualifying

    Pos No Name Team Car Time
    1 18 Australia James Courtney Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon 1:12.4747
    2 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford FG Falcon 1:12.6426
    3 111 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Paul Cruickshank Racing Ford FG Falcon 1:12.8161
    4 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore 1:12.8248
    5 9 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing Ford FG Falcon 1:12.8251
    6 34 Australia Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 1:12.8374
    7 17 Australia Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon 1:12.8520
    8 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 1:12.8635
    9 22 Australia Will Davison Holden Racing Team Holden VE Commodore 1:12.9526
    10 8 New Zealand Jason Richards Brad Jones Racing Holden VE Commodore 1:12.9893
    11 24 Australia David Reynolds Walkinshaw Racing Holden VE Commodore 1:13.0255
    12 10 Australia Paul Dumbrell Walkinshaw Racing Holden VE Commodore 1:13.0260
    13 14 Australia Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing Holden VE Commodore 1:13.0533
    14 39 Australia Russell Ingall Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 1:13.0584
    15 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford FG Falcon 1:13.1465
    16 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing Ford FG Falcon 1:13.2002
    17 7 Australia Todd Kelly Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore 1:13.4012
    18 333 Australia Michael Patrizi Paul Cruickshank Racing Ford BF Falcon 1:13.4232
    19 15 Australia Rick Kelly Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore 1:13.5178
    20 3 Australia Jason Bargwanna Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 1:13.5230
    21 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing Ford FG Falcon 1:13.5088
    22 55 Australia Tony D'Alberto Rod Nash Racing Holden VE Commodore 1:13.5341
    23 67 Australia Tim Slade Paul Morris Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 1:13.5438
    24 4 Australia Alex Davison Stone Brothers Racing Ford FG Falcon 1:13.7166
    25 11 Australia Jack Perkins Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore 1:13.7420
    26 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport Holden VE Commodore 1:13.7738
    27 25 Australia Jason Bright Britek Motorsport Ford FG Falcon 1:13.7867
    28 12 Australia Dean Fiore Triple F Racing Holden VE Commodore 1:13.8292
    29 16 Australia Mark McNally Kelly Racing Holden VE Commodore 1:14.9106
    Sources:[5][6]

    Race 11

    [7]

    Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
    1 1 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 71 1:35:37.4475 9 150
    2 22 Will Davison Holden Racing Team 71 +1.4s 5 138
    3 2 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 71 +1.7s 3 129
    4 888 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 71 +3.0s 15 120
    5 34 Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 71 +4.4s 5 111
    6 39 Russell Ingall Paul Morris Motorsport 71 +4.8s 4 102
    7 15 Rick Kelly Kelly Racing 71 +9.5s 19 96
    8 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 71 +9.8s 16 90
    9 14 Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing 71 +10.0s 13 84
    10 7 Todd Kelly Kelly Racing 71 +10.2s 17 78
    11 10 Paul Dumbrell Walkinshaw Racing 71 +10.7s 12 72
    12 9 Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 71 +11.0s 7 69
    13 17 Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 71 +11.3s 8 66
    14 3 Jason Bargwanna Tasman Motorsport 71 +12.9s 20 63
    15 111 Fabian Coulthard Paul Cruickshank Racing 70 + 1 lap 10 60
    16 25 Jason Bright Stone Brothers Racing 70 + 1 lap 27 57
    17 12 Dean Fiore Triple F Racing 70 + 1 lap 15 54
    18 11 Jack Perkins Kelly Racing 70 + 1 lap 25 51
    19 51 Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 69 + 2 laps 26 48
    20 333 Michael Patrizi Paul Cruickshank Racing 69 + 2 laps 18 45
    21 6 Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 68 + 3 laps 21 42
    22 24 David Reynolds Walkinshaw Racing 66 + 5 laps 11 39
    23 8 Jason Richards Brad Jones Racing 60 + 11 laps 6 36
    24 16 Mark McNally Kelly Racing 60 + 11 laps 29 33
    DNF 55 Tony D'Alberto Rod Nash Racing 67 22
    DNF 4 Alex Davison Stone Brothers Racing 60 24
    DNF 67 Tim Slade Paul Morris Motorsport 42 23
    DNF 33 Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 28 1
    DNF 18 James Courtney Dick Johnson Racing 5 engine 2

    Standings

    • After round 6 of 14
    Pos No Name Team Points
    1 1 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering 1560
    2 22 Will Davison Holden Racing Team 1386
    3 2 Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 1212
    4 888 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering 1110
    5 17 Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 1050

    References

    1. ^ AVESCO, BigPond. "Dunlop Townsville 400 Event Info". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Series. Archived from the original on 12 July 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009.
    2. ^ Chris Jordan. "Mark McNally to Make V8 Supercar Debut in Townsville". Kelly Racing. Archived from the original on 15 July 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009.
    3. ^ Briar Gunther (3 June 2009). "Bright to debut FG at Townsville". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Series. Archived from the original on 8 June 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009.
    4. ^ Briar Gunther (30 June 2009). "Back to the drawing board". Official site of the Australian V8 Supercar Series. Archived from the original on 3 July 2009. Retrieved 5 July 2009.
    5. ^ "Dunlop Townsville 400 - V8 Supercars Races 11 & 12 Townsville Street Circuit V8 Supercars - Race 11 Qualifying". natsoft.com.au. 11 July 2009. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2009.
    6. ^ "Dunlop Townsville 400 - V8 Supercars Races 11 & 12 Townsville Street Circuit V8 Supercars - Top Ten Shootout". natsoft.com.au. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2009.
    7. ^ "Dunlop Townsville 400 - V8 Supercars Races 11 & 12 Townsville Street Circuit V8 Supercars - Race 11". natsoft.com.au. 12 July 2009. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2009.

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