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    The 2009 Hamilton 400 was the second race meeting of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series. It was held on the weekend of 17–19 April around the inner city streets of Hamilton, in New Zealand. The 2009 Hamilton 400 was the second running of the event.

    Rule change

    The qualifying procedure was changed with a qualifying session to be held for each of the two races, instead of one session for both races.

    Race 3

    Qualifying

    Qualifying was held on Saturday 18 April, and was split into two sessions and followed with a top ten shootout.[1] Jamie Whincup was fastest in qualifying for Team Vodafone but Mark Winterbottom secured his ninth pole position by just seven 10,000ths of a second. Steven Johnson and Michael Caruso produced unexpectedly good lap to qualify on the second row, particular for Caruso to be the top Holden on the grid.[2]

    Race

    Jason Bright changed his engine after qualifying and stalled on dummy grid. Fiore and D'Alberto started from the pitlane. Caruso was slow away from the second row as Winterbottom stormed away from Whincup, Johnson, Tander, Holdsworth, Lowndes and Courtney. Whincup dived into the lead at turn 6 to lead the opening lap. D'Alberto crashed on the third lap at turn 7. D'Alberto restarts but the following lap Murphy and Slade, separately, crashed at the same point. Murphy was out with bent steering. A safety car was called for D'Alberto's car prior to the Nash Commodore restarting.

    Perkins spun at the restart trying to avoid Dumbrell. Dumbrell had a spin a lap later, tangling with Van Gisbergen. Pitstops began around lap 20, beginning with Jason Bright. Craig Lowndes was an early stopper. James Courtney and Fabian Coulthard were big climbers through the field before Courtney stopped early on lap 24. Tander stalled in his pitstop and was passed by four cars as he exited.

    Lowndes brushed the wall at turn 7 on lap 37, causing him to pit into the garage for mechanical work and rejoined losing some laps. Marcus Marshall also had an engine fail late in the running after clobbering a tyre bundle on the back chicane. Fiore retired after a clash with Cameron McConville, while Ingall slowed in late lap with mechanical problems. A shambolic safety car restart that saw faster cars mixed up with the mechanically wounded cars of Ingall and Caruso caused Courtney to hit the back of Tander's Commodore, slowing both cars in the later laps.

    Whincup stormed away at the final restart to win from Winterbottom with Lee Holdsworth continuing his early season good form to finish third ahead of the consistent Steven Johnson

    Race 4

    Race 4 was held on Sunday 19 April.

    Qualifying

    The new format for Sunday qualifying made its debut, a return to traditional qualifying methods with all cars on the track together. The session was red flagged late in the session with many of the faster runners caught out just warming up for their final runs at pole after Tim Slade crashed. Steven Johnson was fastest at the time, securing only his second pole position, his previous, Canberra in 2001, also a street circuit. Team mate James Courtney started alongside as Ford dominated the timesheet occupying eight of the top ten position with the only Holdens the garry Rogers Motorsport duo of Michael Caruso and Lee Holdsworth occupying the third row of the grid behind Steven Richards and Jamie Whincup.

    Race

    Dean Fiore started from pitlane while Tim Slade's car was too heavily damaged to continue. Johnson ran away from the start to lead while Steven Richards jumped past James Courtney for second as the safety car came out to attend a collision between Mark Winterbottom and the wall. Todd Kelly, being pressured by Jason Bargwanna, then struck Winterbottom. Kelly limped back to the pits while Winterbottom was stranded on the track with broken steering.

    Whincup, unable to make progress against Johnson, Richards and Courtney, pitted early to try to get clear air, but it was a slow stop. Johnson slow built up a lead with Courtney moving into second on lap 22. Richards, suffering rear tyre problems, soon succumbed to Holdsworth and Caruso.

    By lap 24 leading cars were pitting in numbers. Johnson pitted on lap 26 from the lead. Johnson rejoined behind Whincup but ahead of Holdsworth. Caruso pitted from second on lap 28, stalling briefly, rejoining behind Lowndes and Richards, just ahead of Coulthard. Coulthard claimed a position up the back straight from Caruso. Todd Kelly crashed the wall with steering, already repaired once.

    Courtney finally pitted from the lead on lap 32, rejoining behind Whincup, in front of Johnson and Holdsworth. Richards was now holding fifth ahead of Lowndes and Coulthard. Richards spun off track on lap 46, dumping a number of positions. Two laps later Shane van Gisbergen took Rick Kelly off track with an overtaking move gone wrong at the hairpin. Both recovered. Lowndes broke the front left corner of the car, leaving suspension and wheel deranged after clipping the tyre bundle at the back straight chicane. Ingall pulled into the pits trailing smoke with just two laps to go.

    Whincup cleared out to win from the Dick Johnson Racing pair of Courtney and Johnson with Holdsworth's fourth position vaulting him past Will Davison into second place in the championship pointscore.

    Results

    Qualifying Race 3

    Pos No Name Car Team Top Ten Part 2 Part 1
    Pole 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:23.8053 1:23.6730
    2 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Ford FG Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:23.8060 1:23.6232
    3 17 Australia Steven Johnson Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:24.0691 1:23.8551
    4 34 Australia Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:24.0801 1:24.1777
    5 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:24.0862 1:23.9327
    6 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:24.1885 1:24.1704
    7 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Ford FG Falcon Triple Eight Race Engineering 1:24.3101 1:23.8543
    8 18 Australia James Courtney Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:24.4742 1:24.1192
    9 15 Australia Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:24.5275 1:24.0438
    10 7 Australia Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:24.5789 1:24.1021
    11 9 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:24.2719
    12 22 Australia Will Davison Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:24.2794
    13 11 Australia Jack Perkins Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:24.3279
    14 10 Australia Paul Dumbrell Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 1:24.3472
    15 77 Australia Marcus Marshall Ford BF Falcon Team IntaRacing 1:24.4468
    16 4 Australia Alex Davison Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:24.5732
    17 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport 1:24.7332
    18 39 Australia Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:24.7985
    19 25 Australia Jason Bright Ford BF Falcon Britek Motorsport 1:34.2732
    20 8 New Zealand Jason Richards Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:35.3031
    21 111 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Ford FG Falcon Paul Cruickshank Racing 1:24.7554
    22 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:24.9339
    23 24 Australia David Reynolds Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 1:24.9360
    24 3 Australia Jason Bargwanna Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport 1:24.9723
    25 67 Australia Tim Slade Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:25.0216
    26 333 Australia Michael Patrizi Ford BF Falcon Paul Cruickshank Racing 1:25.1275
    27 14 Australia Cameron McConville Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:25.6558
    28 021 Australia Dean Fiore Holden VE Commodore Team Kiwi Racing 1:25.9853
    29 16 Australia Dale Wood Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:26.1629
    EXC 55 Australia Tony D'Alberto Holden VE Commodore Rod Nash Racing

    Race 3

    Pos No Name Team Laps Time/retired Grid Points
    1 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 59 1:27:20.3645 2 150
    2 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing 59 +1.5s 1 138
    3 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 59 +2.3s 6 129
    4 22 Australia Will Davison Holden Racing Team 59 +5.6s 12 120
    5 17 Australia Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Racing 59 +8.1s 3 111
    6 111 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Paul Cruickshank Racing 59 +8.6s 21 102
    7 15 Australia Rick Kelly Jack Daniels Racing 59 +9.9s 9 96
    8 7 Australia Todd Kelly Jack Daniels Racing 59 +11.6s 10 90
    9 4 Australia Alex Davison Stone Brothers Racing 59 +14.1s 16 84
    10 8 New Zealand Jason Richards Brad Jones Racing 59 +15.4s 20 78
    11 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden Racing Team 59 +17.3s 5 72
    12 24 Australia David Reynolds Walkinshaw Racing 59 +17.6s 23 69
    13 18 Australia James Courtney Dick Johnson Racing 59 +18.1s 8 66
    14 333 Australia Michael Patrizi Paul Cruickshank Racing 59 +18.7s 26 63
    15 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford Performance Racing 59 +19.6s 22 60
    16 14 Australia Cameron McConville Brad Jones Racing 59 +28.3s 27 57
    17 9 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Racing 59 +39.8s 11 54
    18 10 Australia Paul Dumbrell Walkinshaw Racing 58 + 1 lap 14 51
    19 11 Australia Jack Perkins Kelly Racing 58 + 1 lap 13 48
    20 55 Australia Tony D'Alberto Rod Nash Racing 58 + 1 lap 30 45
    21 25 Australia Jason Bright Britek Motorsport 58 + 1 lap 19 42
    22 16 Australia Dale Wood Kelly Racing 58 + 1 lap 29 39
    23 39 Australia Russell Ingall Paul Morris Motorsport 58 + 1 lap 18 36
    24 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Team Vodafone 55 + 4 laps 7 33
    25 34 Australia Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Motorsport 52 + 7 laps 4 30
    DNF 021 Australia Dean Fiore Team Kiwi Racing 56 Accident 28
    DNF 77 Australia Marcus Marshall Team IntaRacing 53 Engine 15
    DNF 3 Australia Jason Bargwanna Tasman Motorsport 44 24
    DNF 67 Australia Tim Slade Paul Morris Motorsport 17 25
    DNF 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Tasman Motorsport 5 Steering 17

    Qualifying Race 4

    Pos No Name Car Team Time
    Pole 17 Australia Steven Johnson Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:24.1606
    2 18 Australia James Courtney Ford FG Falcon Dick Johnson Racing 1:24.2377
    3 6 New Zealand Steven Richards Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:24.2430
    4 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Ford FG Falcon Team Vodafone 1:24.2932
    5 34 Australia Michael Caruso Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:24.2962
    6 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Holden VE Commodore Garry Rogers Motorsport 1:24.3214
    7 9 New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:24.3568
    8 888 Australia Craig Lowndes Ford FG Falcon Team Vodafone 1:24.3960
    9 111 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Ford FG Falcon Paul Cruickshank Racing 1:24.4171
    10 5 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford FG Falcon Ford Performance Racing 1:24.4447
    11 51 New Zealand Greg Murphy Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport 1:24.4647
    12 39 Australia Russell Ingall Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:24.4872
    13 15 Australia Rick Kelly Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 1:24.5692
    14 10 Australia Paul Dumbrell Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 1:24.6161
    15 25 Australia Jason Bright Ford BF Falcon Britek Motorsport 1:24.6622
    16 55 Australia Tony D'Alberto Holden VE Commodore Rod Nash Racing 1:24.6660
    17 7 Australia Todd Kelly Holden VE Commodore Jack Daniel's Racing 1:24.6824
    18 8 New Zealand Jason Richards Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:24.7050
    19 2 Australia Garth Tander Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:24.7090
    20 22 Australia Will Davison Holden VE Commodore Holden Racing Team 1:24.7151
    21 4 Australia Alex Davison Ford FG Falcon Stone Brothers Racing 1:24.7493
    22 24 Australia David Reynolds Holden VE Commodore Walkinshaw Racing 1:24.7151
    23 3 Australia Jason Bargwanna Holden VE Commodore Tasman Motorsport 1:24.8507
    24 11 Australia Jack Perkins Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:24.7671
    25 333 Australia Michael Patrizi Ford BF Falcon Paul Cruickshank Racing 1:25.2186
    26 67 Australia Tim Slade Holden VE Commodore Paul Morris Motorsport 1:25.4154
    27 16 Australia Dale Wood Holden VE Commodore Kelly Racing 1:25.5536
    28 14 Australia Cameron McConville Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing 1:25.6336
    29 77 Australia Marcus Marshall Ford BF Falcon Team IntaRacing 1:25.6799
    30 021 Australia Dean Fiore Holden VE Commodore Team Kiwi Racing 1:26.0984

    Standings

    • After Round 2 of 14
    Pos No Name Team Points
    1 1 Australia Jamie Whincup Team Vodafone 600
    2 33 Australia Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Motorsport 498
    3 22 Australia Will Davison Toll Holden Racing Team 483
    4 17 Australia Steven Johnson Jim Beam Racing 462
    5 111 New Zealand Fabian Coulthard Paul Cruickshank Racing 354

    References

    1. ^ "Hamilton 400 Hamilton Street Circuit V8 Supercars - Qualifying". natsoft.com.au. 18 April 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2009.
    2. ^ "Hamilton 400 Hamilton Street Circuit V8 Supercars - Top Ten Shootout". natsoft.com.au. 18 April 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2009.

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