Whincup leads TeamVodafone 1-2 in Townsville

Sunday 10th July, 2011 - 5:06pm


Whincup took his first Sunday win in Townsville

Whincup took his first Sunday win in Townsville

Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes have taken a one-two finish for TeamVodafone at the Sucrogen Townsville 400.

Whincup ran just fourth when the race resumed from its one and only Safety Car period on Lap 47 of 72, before moving ahead of Garth Tander (who pulled off with a rear suspension failure), Mark Winterbottom and Lowndes in the closing stages.

Whincup made the race winning move on Lap 56 before easing away in the waning laps to record a 4.3s victory.

Winterbottom struggled with tyre life in the closing stages but held on for third, ahead of Alex Davison.

Shane Van Gisbergen charged from 19th at the Safety Car restart to finish fifth, ahead of Lee Holdsworth, Tim Slade, Fabian Coulthard, Russell Ingall and Paul Dumbrell.

As expected, the race was determined by tyre strategy – with a loophole in the event’s supplementary regulations allowing teams to used left over soft tyres from Saturday’s race playing a large part in the outcome.

TeamVodafone ran different tyre strategies on its two cars, with Whincup using all four of his ‘Saturday’ soft tyres in the first stint before coming home on his fresh ‘Sunday set.’

Lowndes meanwhile split his soft tyres, running a combination of used softs on the front and new softs on the rear in stints one and three.

The strategies meant Lowndes looked dominant early – pulling a 12s lead over closest pursuer James Courtney prior to his first stop.

Whincup struggled relative to his team-mate in the opening stint, but emerged in second place after the first pitstop cycle courtesy of being one of the first to make his stop.

The Toll Holden Racing Team’s day turned sour in the second half of the race, with Tander pitting for lengthy repairs before Courtney was penalised for turning around Tim Slade’s Falcon while battling for fourth on Lap 48.

Courtney was one of five drivers to have near-new soft tyres left-over from Saturday, and used the advantage to move from 12th on the grid to the lead during his opening stint. The defending champion eventually finished 19th after serving his penalty.

Slade, Alex Davison and Jason Bargwanna used their relatively fresh Saturday softs to climb through to the top 10 in the middle stint before the race-changing Safety Car period.

Jason Bright saw his day turn sour late in the going – finishing 22nd after a drive-through penalty issued for spinning Will Davison on the restart lap while battling for ninth.

The result sees Whincup extend his points lead over Lowndes to 186 points, while van Gisbergen remains third – a further 180 points adrift.

The V8 Supercars Championship continues at Queensland Raceway in five weeks time.

See below for the Race 15 result

1 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:32:45.8802
2 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:32:50.2740
3 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 72 01:32:57.1208
4 Irwin Racing Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 72 01:32:59.8227
5 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 72 01:33:05.8033
6 Fujitsu Racing GRM Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:06.3241
7 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 72 01:33:13.1971
8 Bundaberg Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:15.3146
9 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:16.0311
10 The Bottle-O Racing Team Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 72 01:33:18.1816
11 Jana Living Racing Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:18.6566
12 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 72 01:33:21.5118
13 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:21.5306
14 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:21.8525
15 Jim Beam Racing James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 72 01:33:22.4302
16 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:28.2331
17 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:29.2212
18 Trading Post FPR Falcon Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 72 01:33:30.7542
19 Toll Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:34.7497
20 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:38.6441
21 Gulf Western Oil Racing Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:41.4635
22 Team Boc Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:42.7440
23 Stratco Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE2 72 01:33:55.1114
24 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 68 01:32:48.4011
25 Wilson Security Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 67 01:33:26.0879
26 Toll Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 62 01:32:50.8365
DNF R and T Pumps Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 39 01:15:40.8290
DNF Mother Energy Racing Team Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG  1     1:32.6236

See below for the current championship points

Pos Driver Points
1 Jamie Whincup 1683
2 Craig Lowndes 1497
3 Shane Van Gisbergen 1317
4 Rick Kelly 1244
5 Mark Winterbottom 1201
6 Will Davison 1200
7 Garth Tander 1190
8 Steven Johnson 1165
9 Alex Davison 1110
10 Jason Bright 1043
11 Lee Holdsworth 1005
12 Fabian Coulthard  988
13 Tim Slade  837
14 Michael Caruso  810
15 Jason Bargwanna  794
16 Paul Dumbrell  763
17 Steve Owen  729
18 Greg Murphy  728
19 James Courtney  727
20 Russell Ingall  701
21 James Moffat  682
22 Jonathon Webb  660
23 Todd Kelly  634
24 David Reynolds  633
25 Tony D’Alberto  574
26 Dean Fiore  562
27 Karl Reindler  516
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