Briscoe claims chequered flag

Sydney-born driver claims the chequered flag in Sonoma

Last Updated: 27/08/12 10:15am

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Ryan Briscoe: Secured his first victory of the season on Sunday

Ryan Briscoe: Secured his first victory of the season on Sunday

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Ryan Briscoe captured the Sonoma IndyCar Series race after holding off Team Penske team-mate and fellow Aussie Will Power.

Briscoe took advantage of a late caution flag to beat Power, who began on pole and led the race for 57 laps. The success marked Briscoe's first victory since Texas in June 2010.

The Sydney-born driver seized the lead after Power pitted during a caution, allowing Briscoe to come out in front of his Team Penske team-mate.

Power got caught in heavy traffic leaving the pit area and also had issues with changing a tyre during his stop.

Lead

Briscoe finished 0.44 seconds ahead of Power on the 2.31 mile, 12-turn road course.

Ryan Hunter-Reay fell from five points to 36 adrift of Power in the overall standings after finishing one lap down in 18th.

Hunter-Reay spun around and stalled in a corner after he was hit from behind by Alex Tagliani following a restart with 11 laps remaining. He was then penalised for contact with E.J. Viso.

Helio Castroneves placed sixth and dropped to 41 points behind Power for third on the overall list. Scott Dixon finished 13th and fell 54 points behind the leader.

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