Whincup crushes the field in Townsville

Jamie Whincup on his way to victory in Race 15

Jamie Whincup on his way to victory in Race 15

Jamie Whincup has dominated the opening race of the Sucrogen Townsville 400, leading almost every lap of the 72-lap event.

The TeamVodafone driver decimated the field in Race 15 of the V8 Supercars Championship Series, with the only glitch in his race being a slow start.

Both Garth Tander (Toll Holden Racing Team) and Mark Winterbottom (Orrcon Ford Performance Racing) passed Whincup at the start, but it only took him a handful of laps to reassert his position to claim the top spot.

Tander took second ahead of Winterbottom. Lee Holdsworth (Fujitsu/GRM) took a consistent fourth place – never threatening a podium place, and holding out a late challenge from championship leader James Courtney, who finished an eventful fifth.

In the opening stages of the race, Courtney clashed with his Jim Beam Racing team-mate Steve Johnson, turning Johnson around and out of the running. Despite some minor damage to Courtney’s front bar, he raced on to fifth to marginally hold his title lead over Whincup. However, Courtney’s position may be in jeopardy with a  stewards meeting to follow regarding the clash with Johnson, who recovered from the spin to take 11th place.

After a poor qualifying position, Russell Ingall mounted a mega comeback in his Supercheap Auto Racing Commodore VE. ‘The Enforcer’ eventually finished sixth after a great battle over the last few laps with Team BOC’s Jason Richards, who was equally as strong during the race after a difficult qualifying session.

Shane van Gosbergen (SP Tools Racing) passed Steve Richards (Dunlop Super Dealers FPR) with five laps to go to take eighth place, while Paul Dumbrell (The Bottle-O Racing) rounded out the top 10.

Craig Lowndes was provisional fastest in qualifying, but his day only got worse. A mistake and the top 10 shootout, followed by a clash with the concrete wall at the opening corner put paid to his run.

In the ‘did not finish’ category was Jason Bright, Tony D’Alberto and Andrew Thompson. Bright had engine problems, while D’Alberto did not start the race after rear end problems plagued his entry.

V8 Supercars Race 15 result

1 1 Jamie Whincup 72
2 2 Garth Tander 72
3 5 Mark Winterbottom 72
4 33 Lee Holdsworth 72
5 18 James Courtney 72
6 39 Russell Ingall 72
7 8 Jason Richards 72
8 9 Shane Van Gisbergen 72
9 6 Steven Richards 72
10 55 Paul Dumbrell 72
11 17 Steven Johnson 72
12 47 Tim Slade 72
13 4 Alex Davison 72
14 24 Fabian Coulthard 72
15 15 Rick Kelly 72
16 19 Jonathon Webb 72
17 7 Todd Kelly 71
18 22 Will Davison 71
19 34 Michael Caruso 71
20 12 Dean Fiore 71
21 21 Karl Reindler 71
22 11 Jason Bargwanna 71
23 51 Greg Murphy 71
24 30 Cameron McConville 70
25 16 Tony Ricciardello 70
26 888 Craig Lowndes 61
DNF 14 Jason Bright 44
DNF 3 Tony D’Alberto 31
DNF 10 Andrew Thompson 27

V8 Championship Series

1. James Courtney 1809
2. Jamie Whincup 1791
3. Shane Van Gisbergen 1502
4. Craig Lowndes 1479
5. Mark Winterbottom 1473
6. Garth Tander 1380
7. Lee Holdsworth 1338
8. Rick Kelly 1286
9. Michael Caruso 1187
10. Steven Johnson 1112
11. Paul Dumbrell 1011
12. Jason Richards 1008
13. Russell Ingall 971
14. Jonathon Webb 927
15. Tim Slade 882
16. Tony D’Alberto 849
17. Will Davison 843
18. Todd Kelly 822
19. Jason Bright 794
20. Steven Richards 699
21. Alex Davison 675
22. Fabian Coulthard 645
23. Jason Bargwanna 624
24. Dean Fiore 551
25. Daniel Gaunt 539
26. Greg Murphy 513
27. Tony Ricciardello 477
28. Karl Reindler 402
29. Andrew Thompson 335
30. Cameron McConville 33
31. Paul Morris 26


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