Whincup secures title as Van Gisbergen wins

  • Sunday 8th December, 2013 5:19pm
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©
Jamie Whincup celebrates his fifth title

Jamie Whincup celebrates his fifth title

Jamie Whincup took out a record equalling fifth V8 Supercars Championship title after an aggressive drive to third in the final race of the season in Sydney.

Pole-sitter Shane van Gisbergen was the pace-setter from the outset and managed to win the race despite a mid-race Safety Car throwing a fuel strategy curve ball.

Jason Bright finished second ahead of Whincup with David Reynolds, Craig Lowndes, Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison, Alex Davison, Chaz Mostert and Russell Ingall completing the top 10.

Whincup now joins legends Ian Geoghegan, Dick Johnson and Mark Skaife with five Australian Touring Car Championship/V8 Supercars Championship victories.

Despite needing just a 21st place finish even if his only rival Lowndes won, Whincup proved willing to swap paint with his rivals throughout the race.

The most intense moment occurred when Whincup attempted to follow Van Gisbergen through on Bright with just 10 laps to go.

The Red Bull and Team BOC Holdens made side-to-side contact at the final corner, but both survived without damage.

Van Gisbergen and Bright had run first and third in the opening stages, eventually completing long stints before taking the first of their two compulsory pitstops.

A Lap 33 Safety Car for James Moffat’s stranded Nissan then brought the majority of the field to pitlane for their second stops earlier than scheduled.

It soon became apparent upon the restart that all who used the Safety Car, expect Bright, would make a third stop for fuel.

Van Gisbergen meanwhile had elected against pitting under the yellow and blasted away at the restart before pitting for the final time with 22 laps to go.

He shook out of the cycle in fourth before using his fresher tyres to cut his way through Whincup, Reynolds and eventually Bright, who was low on fuel at the end but not forced to conserve.

Whincup was in the thick of the action throughout having earlier rubbed panels with Winterbottom on the back straight following a daring pass on the FPR Falcon in the second stint.

Winterbottom would eventually lose third in the standings to team-mate Will Davison after the latter overtook his brother Alex for seventh on the final lap.

Tim Slade rounded out his four-year stint with Erebus/SBR as the top Mercedes in 11th, while Todd Kelly led the Nissans home in a dismal 17th.

Michael Caruso had run inside the top 10 for the majority of the race before a trip down the Turn 11 escape road cost valuable positions.

Mechanical troubles took care of Moffat, Garth Tander and Scott Pye, while a brake failure for Tim Blanchard saw him drill the back of Fiore at Turn 1; causing the second Safety Car.

Van Gisbergen’s win saw him overtake compatriot Fabian Coulthard for fifth in the final points standings, albeit nearly 600 points adrift of Whincup.

See below for full Race 36 results

1TEKNO Team VIP PetfoodsShane Van GisbergenHolden Commodore VF01:58:09.03261:28.9264*
2Team BOCJason BrightHolden Commodore VF01:58:10.97911:29.3844
3Red Bull Racing AustraliaJamie WhincupHolden Commodore VF01:58:11.54481:29.0442
4The Bottle-O FPR FordDavid ReynoldsFord Falcon FG01:58:11.86471:29.4941
5Red Bull Racing AustraliaCraig LowndesHolden Commodore VF01:58:12.71011:29.7272
6Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordMark WinterbottomFord Falcon FG01:58:13.25611:29.3241
7Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordWill DavisonFord Falcon FG01:58:16.41841:29.6062
8Jeld-wen FPR FordAlex DavisonFord Falcon FG01:58:17.27601:29.9332
9Wilson Security RacingChaz MostertFord Falcon FG01:58:17.46171:29.7985
10Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallHolden Commodore VF01:58:17.94081:29.5439
11Heavy Haulage Australia RacingTim SladeMercedes E63 AMG01:58:18.51941:29.7404
12Fujitsu Racing GRMScott McLaughlinHolden Commodore VF01:58:20.97881:29.4469
13Irwin RacingLee HoldsworthMercedes E63 AMG01:58:22.18341:29.9423
14Team HIFLEXTony D’AlbertoHolden Commodore VF01:58:25.50511:29.9346
15Lockwood RacingFabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VF01:58:26.06911:29.9266
16Fujitsu Racing GRMAlexandre PrematHolden Commodore VF01:58:27.85771:29.9085
17Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyNissan Altima01:58:28.43411:29.9688
18Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyNissan Altima01:58:29.45321:29.6886
19Norton HornetsMichael CarusoNissan Altima01:58:33.69431:29.6933
20SP Tools RacingMaro EngelMercedes E63 AMG01:58:41.58311:30.4466
21Dodo Insurance RacingDean FioreHolden Commodore VF01:59:23.09101:30.1368
22Wilson Security RacingDavid WallHolden Commodore VF01:58:39.73351:30.2876
23TEKNO Team Darrell LeaJonathon WebbHolden Commodore VF01:59:37.77001:29.9186
24Holden Racing TeamNick PercatHolden Commodore VF01:58:50.14051:29.9464
DNFekol RacingScott PyeHolden Commodore VF01:34:37.44241:29.8763
DNFWilson Security RacingTim BlanchardFord Falcon FG01:24:39.49811:29.7392
DNFHolden Racing TeamGarth TanderHolden Commodore VF01:03:31.38531:29.7009
DNFNorton HornetsJames MoffatNissan Altima   46:26.91101:30.3758

See below for the championship standings

1Jamie Whincup3094
2Craig Lowndes2966
3Will Davison2799
4Mark Winterbottom2793
5Shane Van Gisbergen2508
6Fabian Coulthard2501
7Jason Bright2381
8Garth Tander2322
9David Reynolds2058
10Scott McLaughlin1934
11James Courtney1909
12Jonathon Webb1901
13Alex Davison1812
14Rick Kelly1754
15Russell Ingall1556
16Tony D’Alberto1526
17Chaz Mostert1520
18James Moffat1448
19Alexandre Premat1376
20Lee Holdsworth1361
21David Wall1346
22Tim Slade1298
23Michael Caruso1233
24Dean Fiore1211
25Todd Kelly1139
26Tim Blanchard1080
27Scott Pye1049
28Maro Engel836


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