Whincup strikes back in Phillip Island finale

  • Sunday 24th November, 2013 5:33pm
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©
Jamie Whincup Red Bull 344x203 Whincup strikes back in Phillip Island finale

Jamie Whincup celebrates victory

Jamie Whincup will head into next month’s V8 Supercars title decider with a 20 point lead over Craig Lowndes after taking victory in Race 34 at Phillip Island.

Just as Lowndes had done in the afternoon’s earlier heat, Whincup set up his win with unbeatable early pace.

The Red Bull Holden moved from fifth on the grid to the lead in the space of just two laps, scything by Fabian Coulthard, Jason Bright, Mark Winterbottom and Lowndes in quick succession.

Lowndes struggled for rear grip in the early stages, dropping to third behind Winterbottom on Lap 3.

The order remained stagnant until the flag, despite two Safety Car interventions for mid-race incidents.

The first came after Lee Holdsworth’s Mercedes stopped at Lukey Heights with its left-front wheel missing.

The errant wheel shot over the fence and spectators before bouncing clear of harm’s way.

The restart lap provided yet more action, with a tag from David Reynolds spinning Chaz Mostert at the Turn 4 hairpin. Russell Ingall was also caught up in the melee.

Bright and Coulthard were best-of-the-rest behind the title contenders at the flag, while Will Davison, James Moffat, Rick Kelly, Alex Davison and Shane van Gisbergen completed the top 10.

Whincup’s win stretches his lead from six points to 20 over Lowndes, while Winterbottom is 105 points further adrift in third.

Will Davison is also in mathematical title contention sitting 223 points down with 300 available in Sydney.

See below for the full Race 34 result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 23 42:22.90
2 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 23 42:23.78
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 23 42:24.30
4 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 23 42:24.79
5 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 23 42:25.75
6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 23 42:27.58
7 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 23 42:30.44
8 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 23 42:31.46
9 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 23 42:32.85
10 TEKNO Team VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 23 42:33.06
11 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 23 42:33.68
12 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 23 42:34.22
13 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 23 42:34.66
14 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 23 42:35.12
15 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 23 42:35.72
16 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 23 42:35.94
17 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 23 42:36.63
18 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 23 42:37.84
19 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 23 42:39.21
20 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 23 42:50.75
DNF Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 21 39:23.99
DNF Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 14 26:07.31
DNF Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 14 26:10.70
DNF TEKNO Team Darrell Lea Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 12 21:24.72
DNF Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 11 40:41.16
DNF Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG  9 14:21.48

 See below for the updated points standings (Top 28) 

1 Jamie Whincup 2815
2 Craig Lowndes 2795
3 Mark Winterbottom 2691
4 Will Davison 2592
5 Fabian Coulthard 2393
6 Garth Tander 2259
7 Shane Van Gisbergen 2254
8 Jason Bright 2123
9 James Courtney 1909
10 David Reynolds 1866
11 Scott McLaughlin 1865
12 Jonathon Webb 1727
13 Alex Davison 1653
14 Rick Kelly 1619
15 Russell Ingall 1439
16 James Moffat 1403
17 Chaz Mostert 1394
18 Tony D’Alberto 1361
19 Lee Holdsworth 1259
20 Alexandre Premat 1253
21 David Wall 1250
22 Tim Slade 1136
23 Dean Fiore 1115
24 Michael Caruso 1089
25 Tim Blanchard 1080
26 Scott Pye 1049
27 Todd Kelly 1007
28 Maro Engel 893

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