Whincup extends points lead with Race 24 victory

  • Saturday 3rd November, 2012 4:24pm
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Jamie Whincup took a comfortable victory in Race 24

Jamie Whincup took a comfortable victory in Race 24

Jamie Whincup has strengthened his grip on the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship trophy by winning the first of three races for the weekend in Abu Dhabi.

The TeamVodafone Holden driver passed pole-sitter Will Davison partway through the first of 12 laps and was not headed for the duration.

Davison also slipped behind Shane van Gisbergen by the end of Lap 1, but was soon able to retake the position, eventually finishing 4.1s behind Whincup in second.

Van Gisbergen dropped a further 5.1s in arrears to finish third ahead of team-mates Tim Slade and Lee Holdsworth.

Mark Winterbottom, Garth Tander, Craig Lowndes, James Moffat and Jonathon Webb completed the top 10.

Winterbottom ran as low as ninth early but proved increasingly competitive as the laps progressed, setting his personal fastest lap on the final tour.

The Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon pilot now trails Whincup by 250 points heading into Race 25 later today.

Alex Premat found himself at the back of the field after being turned around in a Lap 2 fracas with Tony D’Alberto and James Courtney. D’Alberto attempted to pass Courtney into the Turn 7 hairpin on the second lap, tagging both Holdens in the process. The contact damaged Courtney’s front-suspension, forcing him out of the race.

Rick Kelly also took minor damage in the incident before heading to the pits mid-race with smoke emanating from his Jack Daniel’s Racing Holden. The 2006 champion later returned to the circuit to finish three laps down in 27th.

Steve Owen was also not immune from the sprint race fisticuffs, with the VIP Petfoods Ford turned around by David Reynolds in a battle for 14th on Lap 3. Owen went on to finish 23rd, 10 places behind Reynolds.

Race 24 was completed solely on the hard compound Dunlop rubber, with soft tyres to be used in Races 25 and 26.

See below for the full Race 24 result

1TeamVodafoneJamie WhincupHolden Commodore VE21227:05.2950
2Trading Post FPR FordWill DavisonFord Falcon FG1227:09.3950
3SP Tools RacingShane Van GisbergenFord Falcon FG1227:14.5060
4Lucky 7 RacingTim SladeFord Falcon FG1227:15.9290
5Irwin RacingLee HoldsworthFord Falcon FG1227:18.9220
6Orrcon Steel FPR FordMark WinterbottomFord Falcon FG1227:20.1930
7Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderHolden Commodore VE21227:21.1220
8TeamVodafoneCraig LowndesHolden Commodore VE21227:23.1460
9Team Norton DJRJames MoffatFord Falcon FG1227:25.5500
10Tekno AutosportsJonathon WebbHolden Commodore VE21227:29.4130
11Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VE21227:29.6340
12Tekno AutosportsMichael PatriziHolden Commodore VE21227:31.6850
13The Bottle-O Racing TeamDavid ReynoldsFord Falcon FG1227:31.7360
14Team HiflexTony D’AlbertoFord Falcon FG1227:32.0030
15Dick Johnson RacingSteven JohnsonFord Falcon FG1227:35.2950
16Fujitsu Racing GRMMichael CarusoHolden Commodore VE21227:38.1920
17Dick Johnson RacingDean FioreFord Falcon FG1227:41.7990
18Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallHolden Commodore VE21227:44.3650
19Team BOCJason BrightHolden Commodore VE21227:47.0280
20Fujitsu Racing GRMAlexandre PrematHolden Commodore VE21227:48.0190
21Fair Dinkum Sheds RacingKarl ReindlerHolden Commodore VE21227:48.4880
22Wilson Security RacingDavid WallHolden Commodore VE21227:51.2760
23VIP PetfoodsSteve OwenFord Falcon FG1227:54.3740
24Kelly RacingTim BlanchardHolden Commodore VE21227:55.7820
25Pepsi Max CrewGreg MurphyHolden Commodore VE21227:57.3600
26Team iSelectTaz DouglasHolden Commodore VE21227:57.9780
27Kelly RacingRick KellyHolden Commodore VE2 928:41.0250
DNFHolden Racing TeamJames CourtneyHolden Commodore VE2 1 2:23.5680

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Abu Dhabi Race Guide

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