Whincup bounces back to form in Darwin

TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup on the Hidden Valley podium

TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup on the Hidden Valley podium

TeamVodafone’s Jamie Whincup has struck back in the V8 Supercars Championship Series, winning Race 14 of the Skycity Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway.

The dual V8 Series Champion used his Dunlop Sprint tyres at the start of the Safety Car-free race to build enough of a gap on yesterday’s race winner Mark Winterbottom, who used his Sprint tyres at the end of the race but failed to reel him in.

Whincup’s win in his brand-new Commodore VE narrowed the gap to title leader James Courtney to 57 points.

Winterbottom, in his Orrcon Steel Ford Performance Racing Falcon, finished ahead of Shane van Gisbergen’s SP Tools Racing Falcon FG, meaning the same three drivers finished on the podium in both races in Darwin.

Fourth place went to championship leader Courtney (Jim Beam Racing) ahead of Craig Lowndes (TeamVodafone) who finished the race on the Sprint tyres.

Wilson Security Racing’s Tim Slade continued his impressive run, finishing sixth and equalling his career best performance from yesterday. Slade charged through the field at the end using the Sprint tyre.

Jason Richards (Team BOC), Todd Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing), Rick Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing), and Steven Richards (Dunlop Super Dealers FPR) rounded out the top 10.

Toll Holden Racing Team’s new car debut didn’t go as well as its TeamVodafone rivals, with Will Davison finishing 11th and Garth Tander down in 19th place.

Pole-sitter Alex Davison led the opening stanza of the race on the Sprint tyres but was ruled out of the race when an electrical fault ruined a podium chance.

The next round of the V8 Supercars Championship Series is in three weeks time at the Sucrogen Townsville 400.

1 1 Jamie Whincup 69
2 5 Mark Winterbottom 69
3 9 Shane Van Gisbergen 69
4 18 James Courtney 69
5 888 Craig Lowndes 69
6 47 Tim Slade 69
7 8 Jason Richards 69
8 7 Todd Kelly 69
9 15 Rick Kelly 69
10 6 Steven Richards 69
11 22 Will Davison 69
12 33 Lee Holdsworth 69
13 19 Jonathon Webb 69
14 24 Fabian Coulthard 69
15 34 Michael Caruso 69
16 17 Steven Johnson 69
17 3 Tony D’Alberto 69
18 51 Greg Murphy 69
19 2 Garth Tander 69
20 14 Jason Bright 69
21 11 Jason Bargwanna 69
22 12 Dean Fiore 69
23 55 Paul Dumbrell 68
24 10 Andrew Thompson 68
25 39 Russell Ingall 68
26 21 Karl Reindler 68
27 16 Tony Ricciardello 68
28 30 Daniel Gaunt 67
DNF 4 Alex Davison 47

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