Victory secures Pirtek Enduro Cup for Whincup/Dumbrell

Sunday 26th October, 2014 - 5:27pm

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Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell scored victory in the Pirtek Enduro Cup

Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell scored victory in the Pirtek Enduro Cup

Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell have taken out the Pirtek Enduro Cup with victory in Race 32 at the Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600.

Dumbrell took the lead from the pole-sitting Scott McLaughlin/Alex Premat Volvo on the fifth lap, setting up the race win.

Whincup assumed the wheel once Dumbrell had completed his minimum 34 laps, subsequently controlling three Safety Car restarts on his way to victory.

The win sees Whincup stretch his championship lead to 402 points over Mark Winterbottom, who struggled to 14th.

McLaughlin fended off a spirited charge from Michael Caruso in the closing stages to take the second podium spot.

Tim Slade/Tony D’Alberto backed up their Saturday podium in fourth while Shane van Gisbergen/Jonathon Webb completed the top five.

The Tekno Holden had been running second mid-race when Van Gisbergen was handed a drive-through penalty for a restart infringement that dropped the Kiwi back to 19th.

Slade’s result meanwhile came after D’Alberto had been one of five called to the pits on lap 18 when the Safety Car appeared to be required to retrieve Craig Baird’s Mercedes from the Turn 11 tyre wall.

With Baird driving away, the Safety Car never appeared, leaving the Supercheap Holden to fight on with a revised three stop strategy.

James Courtney/Greg Murphy were also caught in the confusion, but their race later came apart when Courtney tagged Winterbottom mid-race, breaking the Commodore’s steering.

The actual Safety Cars appeared on lap 40 (following an engine problem for Dale Wood), 60 (for debris) and 67 (a crash from James Moffat).

The debris yellow triggered an early final round of stops and set up a potential fuel economy run to the flag, before Moffat’s Turn 11 accident ensured a clean race to the flag.

The penultimate Safety Car proved the downfall of Craig Lowndes, who dropped from fifth to 21st by pitting several laps into the full course caution.

He struggled to make progress over the final 40 laps, eventually finishing 11th and has dropped behind Van Gisbergen in the points standings.

The three Safety Cars eventually saw the race called two laps before its scheduled conclusion due to time constraints.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 32, Gold Coast

1 Red Bull Racing Australia J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 100 02:13:00.31
2 Valvoline Racing GRM S.McLaughlin/A.Premat Volvo S60 100 02:13:03.16
3 Norton Hornets M.Caruso/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 100 02:13:03.76
4 Supercheap Auto Racing T.Slade/T.D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 100 02:13:11.52
5 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods S.Van Gisbergen/J.Webb Holden Commodore VF 100 02:13:18.34
6 The Bottle-O Racing Team D.Reynolds/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG 100 02:13:19.01
7 Lockwood Racing F.Coulthard/L.Youlden Holden Commodore VF 100 02:13:19.10
8 Repair Management Aust Racing R.Ingall/T.Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 100 02:13:21.49
9 Jack Daniel’s Racing R.Kelly/D.Russell Nissan Altima 100 02:13:21.69
10 Walkinshaw Racing N.Percat/O.Gavin Holden Commodore VF 100 02:13:21.90
11 Red Bull Racing Australia C.Lowndes/S.Richards Holden Commodore VF 100 02:13:24.07
12 Wilson Security Racing S.Pye/A.Walsh Ford Falcon FG 100 02:13:25.35
13 Holden Racing Team G.Tander/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 100 02:13:26.99
14 Ford Pepsi Max Crew M.Winterbottom/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG 100 02:13:28.10
15 Team JELD-WEN J.Perkins/C.Waters Ford Falcon FG 100 02:13:44.71
16 Wilson Security Racing D.Wall/S.Johnson Ford Falcon FG 100 02:13:51.48
17 Valvoline Racing GRM R.Dahlgren/G.Ritter Volvo S60 100 02:13:56.52
18 Ford Pepsi Max Crew C.Mostert/P.Morris Ford Falcon FG 100 02:14:10.51
19 Team BOC J.Bright/A.Jones Holden Commodore VF 98 02:14:04.19
20 Jack Daniel’s Racing T.Kelly/A.Buncombe Nissan Altima 93 02:13:45.01
21 Erebus Motorsport V8 W.Davison/A.Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 88 02:14:40.56
22 Holden Racing Team J.Courtney/G.Murphy Holden Commodore VF 83 02:13:57.71
DNF Norton Hornets J.Moffat/T.Douglas Nissan Altima 65 01:27:14.70
DNF Team Advam/GB D.Wood/C.Pither Holden Commodore VF 37 47:05.63
DNF Erebus Motorsport V8 Craig Baird Mercedes E63 AMG 18 23:31.00

Championship points after Race 32

1 Jamie Whincup 2835
2 Mark Winterbottom 2433
3 Shane Van Gisbergen 2357
4 Craig Lowndes 2331
5 Fabian Coulthard 2192
6 Chaz Mostert 2147
7 James Courtney 2135
8 Scott McLaughlin 2019
9 Garth Tander 1806
10 Michael Caruso 1688
11 Will Davison 1626
12 Nick Percat 1620
13 Rick Kelly 1577
14 Jason Bright 1560
15 James Moffat 1526
16 David Reynolds 1504
17 Scott Pye 1482
18 Russell Ingall 1362
19 Tim Slade 1323
20 David Wall 1205
21 Lee Holdsworth 1186
22 Jack Perkins 1103
23 Todd Kelly 1076
24 Dale Wood 996
25 Paul Dumbrell 810
26 Robert Dahlgren 783
27 Paul Morris 645
28 Jonathon Webb 579
29 Steve Owen 543
30 Alexandre Premat 522
31 Steven Richards 519
32 Luke Youlden 480
33 Oliver Gavin 462
34 Dean Fiore 462
35 Greg Murphy 447
36 David Russell 441
37 Alex Davison 408
38 Warren Luff 402
39 Tony D’Alberto 387
40 Ashley Walsh 381
41 Taz Douglas 339
42 Alex Buncombe 327
43 Cameron Waters 318
44 Tim Blanchard 300
45 Dean Canto 270
46 Andrew Jones 231
47 Greg Ritter 228
48 Steven Johnson 225
49 Chris Pither 156
50 Andre Heimgartner 144
51 Ant Pedersen 144
52 Craig Baird 69

 Pirtek Enduro Cup Standings

1 JamieWhincup/Paul Dumbrell 810
2 Chaz Mostert/Paul Morris 645
3 Shane van Gisbergen/Jonathon Webb 579
4 Mark Winterbottom/Steve Owen 543
5 Scott McLaughlin/Alexandre Premat 522
6 Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards 519
7 Fabian Coulthard/Luke Youlden 480
8 Nick Percat/Oliver Gavin 462
9 Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore 462
10 James Courtney/Greg Murphy 447
11 Rick Kelly/David Russell 441
12 Will/DavisonAlex Davison 408
13 Garth Tander/Warren Luff 402
14 Tim Slade/Tony D’Alberto 387
15 Scott Pye/Ashley Walsh 381
16 James Moffat/Taz Douglas 339
17 Todd Kelly/Alex Buncombe 327
18 Jack Perkins/Cameron Waters 318
19 Russell Ingall/Tim Blanchard 300
20 David Reynolds/Dean Canto 270
21 Jason Bright/Andrew Jones 231
22 Robert Dahlgren/Greg Ritter 228
23 David Wall/Steven Johnson 225
24 Dale Wood/Chris Pither 156
25 Ant Pedersen/Andre Heimgartner 144
26 Lee Holdsworth/Craig Baird 69