Whincup completes Abu Dhabi domination in Race 26

  • Sunday 4th November, 2012 7:56pm
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Jamie Whincup now leads the standings by 296 points over Mark Winterbottom

Jamie Whincup now leads the standings by 296 points over Mark Winterbottom

Jamie Whincup has further extended his commanding lead in the V8 Supercars Championship by completing his domination of the Abu Dhabi event with victory in Race 26.

Whincup’s only scare came in the opening metres when pole-sitter Will Davison made side-to-side contact with the TeamVodafone Holden as the pair fought for the ascendancy on the run to the first corner.

Tim Slade made the most of Davison’s wild start to take second, but the positions would eventually be reversed on the penultimate lap thanks to an inside pass from the Trading Post FPR Ford at Turn 21

Slade led home team-mate Shane van Gisbergen to take his second podium finish of the year, capping a typically solid weekend for the Stone Brothers Falcons on the smooth Yas Marina layout.

Mark Winterbottom took to the grass at the Turn 11/12/13 complex in order to take fifth from James Moffat late in the going while Garth Tander, Lee Holdsworth, Rick Kelly and Fabian Coulthard completed the top 10.

The championship margin between Whincup and Winterbottom now stands at 296 points with just 600 still available over the final two events.

Race 26 ran its full 12 lap distance despite the Safety Car heading the field for three laps following a multi-car incident on Lap 2.

The fracas was triggered by Jonathon Webb tagging Jason Bright at Turn 17, spinning the Team BOC Holden into the path of Karl Reindler and Dean Fiore. The nose-to-tail collision between Reindler and Fiore split the fuel cell in the former’s car, which subsequently caught fire.

Although shaken by memories of his lucky escape from his massive startline fireball at Barbagallo last year, Reindler emerged unscathed.

Webb later served a drive-through penalty for the incident and eventually finished 21st.

Whincup’s win meanwhile ensures Holden the 2012 Manufacturers’ Award, presented to the marque with the most race wins in a season. All 16 of Holden’s victories have been delivered by TeamVodafone, with its factory Holden Racing Team in the midst of a 13 month drought.

The victory is also the VE Series Commodore’s 100th win (from 180 starts) in the V8 Supercars Championship.

The V8 Supercars Championship continues at Winton Motor Raceway in country Victoria in two weeks time.

See below for the full Race 26 result

1TeamVodafoneJamie WhincupHolden Commodore VE21230:36.6840
2Trading Post FPR FordWill DavisonFord Falcon FG1230:37.8160
3Lucky 7 RacingTim SladeFord Falcon FG1230:39.5900
4SP Tools RacingShane Van GisbergenFord Falcon FG1230:40.2650
5Orrcon Steel FPR FordMark WinterbottomFord Falcon FG1230:43.5860
6Team Norton DJRJames MoffatFord Falcon FG1230:47.8350
7Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderHolden Commodore VE21230:48.2730
8Irwin RacingLee HoldsworthFord Falcon FG1230:49.3060
9Kelly RacingRick KellyHolden Commodore VE21230:50.2430
10Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VE21230:51.0100
11TeamVodafoneCraig LowndesHolden Commodore VE21230:51.3900
12The Bottle-O Racing TeamDavid ReynoldsFord Falcon FG1230:51.7420
13Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyHolden Commodore VE21230:52.4630
14Fujitsu Racing GRMAlexandre PrematHolden Commodore VE21230:53.1200
15Fujitsu Racing GRMMichael CarusoHolden Commodore VE21230:53.3880
16Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallHolden Commodore VE21230:54.7940
17Team HiflexTony D’AlbertoFord Falcon FG1230:55.1480
18Dick Johnson RacingSteven JohnsonFord Falcon FG1230:57.4900
19Tekno AutosportsMichael PatriziHolden Commodore VE21230:57.6830
20VIP PetfoodsSteve OwenFord Falcon FG1230:58.5760
21Tekno AutosportsJonathon WebbHolden Commodore VE21231:01.7040
22Kelly RacingTim BlanchardHolden Commodore VE21231:01.8960
23Team iSelectTaz DouglasHolden Commodore VE21231:03.2310
24Wilson Security RacingDavid WallHolden Commodore VE21231:04.2370
DNFPepsi Max CrewGreg MurphyHolden Commodore VE2 617:25.7770
DNFDick Johnson RacingDean FioreFord Falcon FG 2 4:48.5880
DNFTeam BOCJason BrightHolden Commodore VE2 1 2:24.9960
DNFFair Dinkum Sheds RacingKarl ReindlerHolden Commodore VE2 1 2:26.7230

See below for the updated points standings after 26 of 30 races

1Jamie Whincup3360
2Mark Winterbottom3064
3Craig Lowndes2971
4Will Davison2779
5Shane Van Gisbergen2434
6Tim Slade2319
7Garth Tander2232
8Lee Holdsworth1913
9David Reynolds1875
10Fabian Coulthard1843
11James Courtney1811
12Russell Ingall1738
13Jonathon Webb1651
14Michael Caruso1635
15Rick Kelly1606
16Jason Bright1506
17Steven Johnson1459
18Todd Kelly1263
19Michael Patrizi1184
20Dean Fiore1182
21Steve Owen1132
22James Moffat1060
23David Wall1011
24Tony D’Alberto 990
25Taz Douglas 916
26Karl Reindler 886
27Alexandre Premat 874
28Greg Murphy 649

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