Motorsport Wrap for Monday 14th November 2011

CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES OVER FOR TANDER


Garth Tander’s hopes of winning the 2011 V8 Supercar Championship officially ended at the weekend’s races at Symmons Plain in Tasmania despite some strong finishes.


Driving a Bridgestone-sponsored HRT Commodore, Tander came home in third place in Saturday’s opening event and followed that with sixth place in Sunday’s race.


However, with Jamie Whincup winning both races, only he or Vodafone Commodore teammate Craig Lowndes can now win the title with just four races left in the season at Sandown and Sydney Olympic Park.


That didn’t detract from Saturday’s podium finish, which Tander described as “like a win”.


“This is like a win for us because we beat the two guys that we're challenging for third place in the championship – Shane van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom,” he said.

“We had some dramas with the car in qualifying so we should have been better than where we were. A few guys made some mistakes in front of us which made it easier, but the car was really good.”


CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. Jamie Whincup Vodafone Commodore 2817 points 
2. Craig Lowndes Vodafone Commodore  2683 
3. Mark Winterbottom FPR Falcon 2215 
4. Shane van Gisbergen SP Tools Falcon 2201 
5. Garth Tander HRT Commodore 2187