Jamie Whincup wins tyre battle in Race 11
Jamie Whincup has backed up team-mate Craig Lowndes’ Saturday success with another victory for Red Bull Racing Australia in Race 11 at Barbagallo.
As expected, all of the front-runners pitted for new tyres during the 100km journey, with only Dean Fiore, Alexandre Premat and Scott Pye attempting to hold on without a stop.
That strategy saw Fiore lead the race until Whincup swept through with just seven laps remaining.
Whincup had run third behind Will Davison and Fabian Coulthard in the early stages before jumping to the front by being among the first to pit.
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He then held Winterbottom – who also gained by pitting with Whincup – narrowly at bay for much of the race as the Red Bull Holden and Pepsi Max Ford proved evenly matched.
Jason Bright eventually took second from Winterbottom with just two laps remaining however.
The Team BOC Holden had dropped from pole to fourth with a poor start, but pitting six laps after Whincup and Winterbottom ensured Bright enjoyed a tyre advantage in the closing laps. He was just 0.75s short of Whincup at the flag.
Winterbottom finished third ahead of Coulthard, Will Davison, James Courtney, Shane van Gisbergen, Craig Lowndes, Alex Davison and James Moffat.
Lowndes’ chances were hindered by having to take to the grass to avoid Bright at the start – dropping the Red Bull Holden from third to eighth. A slow pitstop also hurt the Saturday winner’s cause.
Fiore eventually fell to 13th, while fellow non-stoppers Premat and Pye were 19th and 27th respectively.
Four of the race’s first five laps were run under Safety Car conditions after Lee Holdsworth and David Wall tangled on the opening tour – dispatching the Mercedes into the Turn 6 sand trap.
A second 100km race will complete the Chill Perth 360 this afternoon.
See below for the full Race 11 result
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||42||43:38.5140|
|2||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||42||43:39.2670|
|3||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||42||43:41.3946|
|4||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||42||43:42.9199|
|5||Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford||Will Davison||Ford Falcon FG||42||43:43.3227|
|6||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||42||43:45.0916|
|7||TEKNO Team VIP||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||42||43:49.6111|
|8||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||42||43:53.0253|
|9||Jeld-wen FPR Ford||Alex Davison||Ford Falcon FG||42||43:53.5752|
|10||Norton 360 Racing||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||42||43:53.9863|
|11||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||42||43:54.4238|
|12||The Bottle-O FPR Ford||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||42||43:55.1606|
|13||Dodo Insurance Racing||Dean Fiore||Holden Commodore VF||42||43:56.9763|
|14||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Holden Commodore VF||42||43:58.0469|
|15||Wilson Security Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||42||43:58.3687|
|16||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||42||43:59.0245|
|17||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||42||44:01.1514|
|18||Team HIFLEX||Tony D’Alberto||Holden Commodore VF||42||44:04.7334|
|19||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Alexandre Premat||Holden Commodore VF||42||44:06.6895|
|20||Wilson Security Racing||Tim Blanchard||Ford Falcon FG||42||44:07.1626|
|21||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||42||44:09.2668|
|22||Tekno Autosports||Jonathon Webb||Holden Commodore VF||42||44:09.9425|
|23||HHA Racing||Tim Slade||Mercedes E63 AMG||42||44:10.0125|
|24||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Holden Commodore VF||42||44:12.2038|
|25||Norton 360 Racing||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||42||44:12.4388|
|26||SP Tools Racing||Maro Engel||Mercedes E63 AMG||42||44:15.3828|
|27||ekol Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore VF||41||43:48.7763|
|DNF||Irwin Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG|