Whincup survives off-track excursion to take Race 12

  • Sunday 5th May, 2013 5:28pm
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©
Jamie Whincup celebrates victory

Jamie Whincup celebrates victory

Jamie Whincup made the most of a late-race restart to snatch victory from team-mate Craig Lowndes in the final race of the weekend at Barbagallo.

Whincup made it back-to-back race wins despite losing the lead with a trip through the Turn 7 gravel trap on Lap 15 of 42 after slipping on coolant dropped by Maro Engel’s Mercedes.

Whincup pitted for new tyres the lap after his incident, eventually emerging from the pitstop cycle second to team-mate Lowndes.

The Saturday winner looked to have the race under control before running wide on the second of two Safety Car restarts with just 11 laps to go, allowing Whincup through.

The Red Bull pair were separated by 1.6s at the flag, with third-placed Jason Bright a further four seconds adrift in fourth after struggling in the closing stages.

Will Davison, David Reynolds, Shane van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard, James Moffat, Garth Tander and debutant Chaz Mostert completed the top 10.

Mark Winterbottom also speared off the road with Whincup early on, subsequently dropping to a low of 21st with a slow pitstop.

He recovered to 12th by the flag, split by the Fujitsu GRM Holdens of Alexandre Premat and Scott McLaughlin, who ran as high as the top five before losing a door and much of his speed in the closing stages.

David Wall and Russell Ingall ended their races in the Turn 7 sand trap – causing the second Safety Car.

The first full course yellow had been required to recover Michael Caruso’s Nissan from Turn 7 after it lost a wheel on his out-lap a short time earlier.

At the time of his departure, Caruso had been battling with team-mate James Moffat, who eventually finished a strong eighth.

Lee Holdsworth was the first Mercedes home in 14th after Engel and Tim Slade both had their races hampered by early damage.

See below for the full Race 12 result

1Red Bull Racing AustraliaJamie WhincupHolden Commodore VF4146:16.0085
2Red Bull Racing AustraliaCraig LowndesHolden Commodore VF4146:17.5809
3Team BOCJason BrightHolden Commodore VF4146:21.6949
4Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordWill DavisonFord Falcon FG4146:22.1276
5The Bottle-O FPR FordDavid ReynoldsFord Falcon FG4146:23.4351
6TEKNO Team VIPShane Van GisbergenHolden Commodore VF4146:23.6382
7Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VF4146:25.5754
8Norton 360 RacingJames MoffatNissan Altima4146:26.7127
9Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderHolden Commodore VF4146:27.2771
10Wilson Security RacingChaz MostertFord Falcon FG4146:28.4160
11Fujitsu Racing GRMAlexandre PrematHolden Commodore VF4146:29.0953
12Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordMark WinterbottomFord Falcon FG4146:29.1489
13Fujitsu Racing GRMScott McLaughlinHolden Commodore VF4146:31.0417
14Irwin RacingLee HoldsworthMercedes E63 AMG4146:31.5329
15Dodo Insurance RacingDean FioreHolden Commodore VF4146:32.7510
16Jeld-wen FPR FordAlex DavisonFord Falcon FG4146:32.7855
17Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyHolden Commodore VF4146:33.5736
18Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyNissan Altima4146:33.9549
19Tekno AutosportsJonathon WebbHolden Commodore VF4146:34.6546
20ekol RacingScott PyeHolden Commodore VF4146:35.5097
21Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyNissan Altima4146:36.0146
22Team HIFLEXTony D’AlbertoHolden Commodore VF4146:36.8737
23Wilson Security RacingTim BlanchardFord Falcon FG4146:47.6709
24HHA RacingTim SladeMercedes E63 AMG3646:46.4887
DNFWilson Security RacingDavid WallHolden Commodore VF2629:07.8761
DNFSupercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallHolden Commodore VF2629:08.2440
DNFNorton 360 RacingMichael CarusoNissan Altima1716:45.9015
DNFSP Tools RacingMaro EngelMercedes E63 AMG 716:06.5720

See below for the updated points standings

1Jamie Whincup958
2Will Davison893
3Craig Lowndes843
4Jason Bright797
5Shane Van Gisbergen720
6Fabian Coulthard712
7Garth Tander689
8James Courtney674
9Mark Winterbottom666
10Scott McLaughlin589
11Jonathon Webb558
12Alex Davison523
13James Moffat513
14David Reynolds486
15Russell Ingall473
16Rick Kelly468
17Alexandre Premat451
18Tony D’Alberto428
19Dean Fiore415
20Lee Holdsworth374
21David Wall338
22Michael Caruso336
23Tim Blanchard328
24Tim Slade310
25Scott Pye274
26Todd Kelly245
27Maro Engel197
28Jonny Reid149
29Chaz Mostert132

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