Whincup completes Symmons weekend double

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Sunday 13th November, 2011 - 3:41pm

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Jamie Whincup has completed a Symmons Plains sweep with victory in Race 24

Jamie Whincup has completed a Symmons Plains sweep with victory in Race 24

Jamie Whincup has defeated a trio of Ford Performance Racing Falcons to take victory in Race 24 of the V8 Supercars Championship at the Falken Tasmania Challenge.

Having run behind front-row starters Paul Dumbrell and Mark Winterbottom throughout the opening stint, Whincup took the lead at the first round of pitstops and was not headed for the duration.

The win is the 51st of Whincup’s career, moving the 28-year-old into a clear third place on the all-time winners list, and is the 400th win for a Holden driver.

Will Davison made it past his FPR stablemates to record second place – 1.72s adrift of Whincup at the conclusion of a Safety Car-free 84 laps.

Winterbottom, Dumbrell, Craig Lowndes, Garth Tander, Shane van Gisbergen, Todd Kelly, Jonathon Webb and Fabian Coulthard rounded out the top 10.

Cameron McConville, a last-minute replacement for an Jason Bright in the Team BOC Commodore, finished an impressive 19th, having briefly led the race by completing a long first sint.

The battle between Dumbrell and Winterbottom raged for the entire first stint, before the pair made nose-to-tail contact as they pitted together on Lap 21.

While Dumbrell kept his position in the pitstop itself, the 30-year-old overshot the pit exit – narrowly avoiding more contact with Winterbottom as he returned to the track.

Whincup and Davison, who had both made their first stops a lap earlier, swept to the front of the pack as the drama unfolded.

Dumbrell briefly re-passed Winterbottom a lap later with a drive-bomb move at the hairpin, but lost time on the exit and could not challenge the Orrcon Falcon for the remainder of the race.

Whincup slowly built his lead over Davison during the second stint, with the advantage over 4.0s when the Trading Post Falcon returned to the lane on Lap 49.

Whincup made his final stop three laps later – rejoining less than a second ahead of his rival after losing time in traffic and surviving a major sideways moment heading onto the pitstraight.

The two-time champion controlled the gap in the closing stages to win by less than 2.0s.

All 28 cars finished the race, with Warren Luff classified in last place having lost multiple laps in the pits with brake fluid issues.

Whincup now leads team-mate Lowndes by 194 points with just four races remaining.

See below for the full race result

1 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2  84 01:14:59.5652
2 Trading Post FPR Falcon Will Davison Ford Falcon FG  84 01:15:01.2893
3 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG  84 01:15:04.1572
4 The Bottle-O Racing Team Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG  84 01:15:06.9827
5 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2  84 01:15:14.4666
6 Toll Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2  84 01:15:17.2840
7 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG  84 01:15:24.6976
8 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2  84 01:15:33.8147
9 Mother Energy Racing Team Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG  84 01:15:35.4978
10 Bundaberg Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2  84 01:15:42.7924
11 Toll Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2  84 01:15:45.3043
12 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2  84 01:15:45.7293
13 Fujitsu Racing GRM Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2  84 01:15:45.7323
14 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2  84 01:15:45.9962
15 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2  84 01:15:53.3543
16 Wilson Security Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG  83 01:15:02.3578
17 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2  83 01:15:09.4914
18 Jim Beam Racing James Moffat Ford Falcon FG  83 01:15:10.5168
19 Team BOC Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE2  83 01:15:12.6983
20 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2  83 01:15:15.2596
21 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG  83 01:15:18.1703
22 Stratco Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE2  83 01:15:21.0333
23 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE2  83 01:15:25.1637
24 Triple F Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG  83 01:15:25.4352
25 Jana Living Racing Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE2  83 01:15:30.3992
26 Irwin Racing Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG  82 01:15:05.9216
27 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG  82 01:15:19.2001
28 Gulf Western Oil Racing Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2  79 01:15:30.8807

See below for the updated championship points

Pos

Driver Name

Total

1 Jamie Whincup 2817
2 Craig Lowndes 2623
3 Mark Winterbottom 2215
4 Shane van Gisbergen 2201
5 Garth Tander 2187
6 Will Davison 2096
7 Rick Kelly 1977
8 Lee Holdsworth 1713
9 Alex Davison 1664
10 Fabian Coulthard 1614
11 Greg Murphy 1579
12 Tim Slade 1568
13 Steven Johnson 1558
14 Jason Bright 1549
15 James Courtney 1467
16 Michael Caruso 1426
17 Steve Owen 1370
18 David Reynolds 1270
19 Russell Ingall 1250
20 Jonathon Webb 1244
21 Jason Bargwanna 1235
22 Todd Kelly 1235
23 James Moffat 1211
24 Paul Dumbrell 1198
25 Tony D’Alberto 994
26 Karl Reindler 946
27 Dean Fiore 944
28 Warren Luff 702
29 Mark Skaife 532
30 Nick Percat 527
31 Richard Lyons 511
32 Allan Simonsen 509
33 Cameron McConville 406
34 John McIntyre 393
35 Andrew Jones 385
36 Steve Richards 366
37 Luke Youlden 344
38 Andrew Thompson 334
39 Sebastian Bourdais 288
40 Tim Blanchard 288
41 Paul Morris 268
42 Jack Perkins 255
43 Greg Ritter 243
44 Dale Wood 236
45 Marcus Marshall 229
46 Oliver Gavin 222
47 Owen Kelly 220
48 Daniel Gaunt 219
49 Jorg Bergmeister 207
50 Simon Pagenaud 207
51 David Russell 202
52 Shane Price 197
53 Nathan Pretty 192
54 Michael Patrizi 187
55 David Wall 185
56 Darren Turner 165
57 Richard Westbrook 150
58 Gil de Ferran 150
59 Craig Baird 148
60 Boris Said 147
61 Matthew Halliday 137
62 Augusto Farfus Jr 132
63 Jan Magnussen 129
64 Joey Hand 120
65 Alex Tagliani 120
66 Emanuele Pirro 114
67 Dean Canto 109
68 Taz Douglas 93
69 Marc Lieb 87
70 Dirk Muller 69
71 David Besnard 66
72 Christian Klein 60
73 Vitantonio Liuzzi 48
74 Sarrazin Stephane 42
75 Fabrizio Giovanardi 39
76 Marino Franchitti 0
77 Cameron Waters 0
78 Grant Denyer 0

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