Whincup wins as rivals clash at Albert Park

Jamie Whincup took out the Albert Park 400

Jamie Whincup took out the Albert Park 400

Jamie Whincup has won a crash-marred Race 3 of the Albert Park 400 on race day at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix.

A heavy incident involving Rick Kelly, Craig Lowndes, Steven Johnson, David Reynolds and Warren Luff on Lap 1 saw several laps run under Safety Car.

Whincup took the opportunity to pit and switch from the hard to the soft tyres during the yellow flag period.

The TeamVodafone driver then battled with Alex Davison’s IRWIN Falcon, taking the lead on Lap 14 as officials prepared the ‘bad sportsmanship flag’ for the defensive Davison.

Davison pitted for tyres three laps later, after his strategy of starting on the soft rubber was destroyed by the Safety Car.

The race was brought to an end seven laps short of its scheduled distance due to time constraints, with Whincup taking a comfortable 11 second victory.

Greg Murphy was second, ahead of Garth Tander, Shane van Gisbergen and Todd Kelly, while Davison was the last of the finishes in 20th.

The result saw the overall weekend fall to Whincup, with Tander and van Gisbergen filling the podium.

The spectacular opening lap incident occurred when Lowndes passed Rick Kelly down the inside at Turn 9. The TeamVodafone Commodore appeared to squeeze Kelly on the exit, resulting in Lowndes being turned into the outside wall.

The biggest damage occurred when Reynolds and Johnson arrived on the scene, with the Jim Beam Ford losing its right-rear wheel and right-side doors as it clipped the rear of Kelly’s Commodore and spun, while Reynolds making heavy contact with the inside wall.

Paul Dumbrell also crashed out of the race – The Bottle O driver being spun by Steve Owen on the exit of Turn 3 after the restart, resulting in contact with the concrete.

The highlight of the race was a titanic scrap for what was eventually third place. The battle involved up to 12 drivers, as Tander and van Gisbergen eventually made their way through the pack predominately made up of cars that had pitted as soon as the Safety Car was called.

Hero of the weekend, Jason Richards, had a disappointing Race 3, retiring just three laps in after an off at the first corner.

See below for the Race 3 result

Pos No. Driver Car Laps
1 88 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 18
2 11 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 18
3 2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 18
4 9 Shane van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 18
5 7 Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 18
6 34 Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 18
7 47 Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 18
8 61 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 18
9 1 James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 18
10 8 Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 18
11 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 18
12 39 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 18
13 6 Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 18
14 33 Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2 18
15 21 Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 18
16 12 Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 18
17 3 Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 18
18 18 James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 18
19 49 Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE2 18
20 4 Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 18
DNF 19 Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 15
DNF 55 Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 6
DNF 14 Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE2 3
DNF 888 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2  
DNF 17 Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG  
DNF 30 Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2  
DNF 15 Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2  
DNF 16 David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE2  

 Overall Points for the Albert Park V8 400

Pos Driver Points
1 Jamie Whincup 348
2 Garth Tander 320
3 Shane van Gisbergen 282
4 Alex Davison 254
5 Will Davison 234
6 Rick Kelly 228
7 Mark Winterbottom 222
8 Jason Richards 216
9 Jason Bright 214
10 Greg Murphy 212
11 Fabian Coulthard 204
12 Michael Caruso 184
13 Lee Holdsworth 180
14 Tim Slade 176
15 Craig Lowndes 176
16 Jonathon Webb 168
17 Russell Ingall 154
18 Todd Kelly 152
19 James Courtney 142
20 Karl Reindler 132
21 Dean Fiore 116
22 Tony D’Alberto 104
23 David Reynolds 104
24 Steve Owen 98
25 James Moffat 94
26 Paul Dumbrell 82
27 Steven Johnson 70
28 Warren Luff 64

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