Jamie Whincup wins tyre battle in Race 11

Sunday 5th May, 2013


Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©

Whincup leads Bright and Winterbottom to the line

Whincup leads Bright and Winterbottom to the line

Jamie Whincup has backed up team-mate Craig Lowndes’ Saturday success with another victory for Red Bull Racing Australia in Race 11 at Barbagallo.

As expected, all of the front-runners pitted for new tyres during the 100km journey, with only Dean Fiore, Alexandre Premat and Scott Pye attempting to hold on without a stop.

That strategy saw Fiore lead the race until Whincup swept through with just seven laps remaining.

Whincup had run third behind Will Davison and Fabian Coulthard in the early stages before jumping to the front by being among the first to pit.

He then held Winterbottom – who also gained by pitting with Whincup – narrowly at bay for much of the race as the Red Bull Holden and Pepsi Max Ford proved evenly matched.

Jason Bright eventually took second from Winterbottom with just two laps remaining however.

The Team BOC Holden had dropped from pole to fourth with a poor start, but pitting six laps after Whincup and Winterbottom ensured Bright enjoyed a tyre advantage in the closing laps. He was just 0.75s short of Whincup at the flag.

Winterbottom finished third ahead of Coulthard, Will Davison, James Courtney, Shane van Gisbergen, Craig Lowndes, Alex Davison and James Moffat.

Lowndes’ chances were hindered by having to take to the grass to avoid Bright at the start – dropping the Red Bull Holden from third to eighth. A slow pitstop also hurt the Saturday winner’s cause.

Fiore eventually fell to 13th, while fellow non-stoppers Premat and Pye were 19th and 27th respectively.

Four of the race’s first five laps were run under Safety Car conditions after Lee Holdsworth and David Wall tangled on the opening tour – dispatching the Mercedes into the Turn 6 sand trap.

A second 100km race will complete the Chill Perth 360 this afternoon.

See below for the full Race 11 result

1Red Bull Racing AustraliaJamie WhincupHolden Commodore VF4243:38.5140
2Team BOCJason BrightHolden Commodore VF4243:39.2670
3Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordMark WinterbottomFord Falcon FG4243:41.3946
4Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VF4243:42.9199
5Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordWill DavisonFord Falcon FG4243:43.3227
6Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyHolden Commodore VF4243:45.0916
7TEKNO Team VIPShane Van GisbergenHolden Commodore VF4243:49.6111
8Red Bull Racing AustraliaCraig LowndesHolden Commodore VF4243:53.0253
9Jeld-wen FPR FordAlex DavisonFord Falcon FG4243:53.5752
10Norton 360 RacingJames MoffatNissan Altima4243:53.9863
11Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderHolden Commodore VF4243:54.4238
12The Bottle-O FPR FordDavid ReynoldsFord Falcon FG4243:55.1606
13Dodo Insurance RacingDean FioreHolden Commodore VF4243:56.9763
14Fujitsu Racing GRMScott McLaughlinHolden Commodore VF4243:58.0469
15Wilson Security RacingChaz MostertFord Falcon FG4243:58.3687
16Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyNissan Altima4243:59.0245
17Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyNissan Altima4244:01.1514
18Team HIFLEXTony D’AlbertoHolden Commodore VF4244:04.7334
19Fujitsu Racing GRMAlexandre PrematHolden Commodore VF4244:06.6895
20Wilson Security RacingTim BlanchardFord Falcon FG4244:07.1626
21Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallHolden Commodore VF4244:09.2668
22Tekno AutosportsJonathon WebbHolden Commodore VF4244:09.9425
23HHA RacingTim SladeMercedes E63 AMG4244:10.0125
24Wilson Security RacingDavid WallHolden Commodore VF4244:12.2038
25Norton 360 RacingMichael CarusoNissan Altima4244:12.4388
26SP Tools RacingMaro EngelMercedes E63 AMG4244:15.3828
27ekol RacingScott PyeHolden Commodore VF4143:48.7763
DNFIrwin RacingLee HoldsworthMercedes E63 AMG

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