Whincup leads Red Bull one-two in Race 13

Whincup won the start and did not look back from there

Whincup won the start and did not look back from there

Jamie Whincup has continued his strong international V8 Supercars record by scoring victory in the first championship race to be held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Whincup took the lead from pole-sitter Fabian Coulthard off the start, pulling a 2.5s lead on the field before pitting for rear tyres as soon as the window opened on Lap 10.

Lowndes took seven laps to pass Coulthard, who struggled for rear-grip in the early stages, and ran five laps longer than Whincup before taking new rear tyres of his own.

Rejoining just 0.5s behind Whincup, Lowndes struggled to find a balance in the second stint, eventually taking the flag 0.9s adrift in second.

Whincup has now won 17 of the last 25 V8 Supercars races held offshore.

Coulthard was eight seconds behind Lowndes in third at the flag ahead of Will Davison, Garth Tander, Rick Kelly, Jonathon Webb, Mark Winterbottom, James Courtney and David Wall.

Kelly’s sixth place finish is the best for a Nissan Altima and came after the 2006 champion got the better of Webb on the final lap.

Winterbottom meanwhile had lost two positions with a big lock-up at Turn 1 while trying to pass Tander late in the going.

Jason Bright, Scott Pye and Michael Caruso ran until the penultimate lap before pitting for tyres, eventually finishing 12th, 15th and 20th respectively.

Several drivers struck trouble early, with Scott McLaughlin’s Fujitsu Holden enduring rear-suspension damage after a Turn 1 clash with Todd Kelly.

The Safety Car was soon called for an incident later in the lap that had seen Maro Engel spear off and rejoin without major damage.

Lee Holdsworth and Shane van Gisbergen struck mechanical issues in the form of steering and engine problems respectively. Both cars were able to see the chequered flag, with Van Gisbergen’s issue as simple as re-attaching a plug lead.

The Kiwi had started from the rear of the field after an indiscretion in qualifying.

A post-race investigation was undertaken into a report that Lowndes had spun his rear wheels in his pitstop, however it was deemed that the three-time champion had no case to answer.

Lowndes had also been one of several to receive a bad sportsmanship flag for failing to give racing room during the race.

The results ensure that Whincup has extended his championship advantage to 80 points over second placed Will Davison.

A second 100km race will follow at 1700 local time.

See below for the full race result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 27 44:20.8482
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 27 44:21.7512
3 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 27 44:29.4762
4 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 27 44:33.5378
5 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 27 44:35.2005
6 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 27 44:36.3670
7 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 27 44:37.2297
8 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 27 44:40.1815
9 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 27 44:42.1811
10 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 27 44:46.7534
11 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 27 44:47.7963
12 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 27 44:54.4590
13 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 27 44:55.1334
14 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 27 45:00.6573
15 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 27 45:01.3113
16 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 27 45:01.3411
17 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 27 45:02.6118
18 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 27 45:03.4374
19 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 27 45:03.8504
20 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 27 45:03.8939
21 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 27 45:09.0249
22 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 27 45:09.4538
23 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 27 45:11.5496
24 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 27 45:20.8547
25 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 27 45:39.1242
26 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 25 45:44.4886
27 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 24 44:53.0103
28 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 23 44:45.3249

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