Whincup back on top in Austin 400 finale

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup finished off a strong weekend for Red Bull Racing Australia in Austin, Texas, by returning to the top of the podium in the fourth and final 100km sprint.

Having finished third in Race 15 earlier in the afternoon, Whincup led away from pole in Race 16 and was unstoppable for the duration.

Race 15 winner Fabian Coulthard shadowed Whincup for much of the journey but could not find a way around his rival during the critical lap after the Red Bull Holden’s pitstop.

Almost three seconds separated the pair at the finish, with third placed Shane van Gisbergen a further 8.4s adrift.

Garth Tander, Craig Lowndes, Mark Winterbottom, Jason Bright, Rick Kelly, Jonathon Webb and James Courtney completed the top 10.

Starting from just 12th after a difficult qualifying session, Lowndes gained much of his ground in the pitstop cycle.

Bright repeated his Saturday strategy of running longer than many of his rivals. The Team BOC Holden had taken on four new tyres and rejoined in a net 10th with seven laps to go before getting the better of Webb and Kelly in the closing stages.

The race was punctuated by an early Safety Car following contact between Will Davison and Scott McLaughlin at Turn 12.

The FPR Falcon driver had lost control while attempting to pass Lowndes, subsequently clobbering McLaughlin at the apex.

The Austin 400 was run in front of a claimed 68,000 strong weekend crowd; over double that achieved for the recently two-day Grand-Am sportscar event at the Circuit of the Americas.

Whincup has now extended his championship lead over team-mate Lowndes to 142 points after 16 races.

See below for the full Race 16 result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 27 47:20.7325
2 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 27 47:23.4986
3 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 27 47:29.0933
4 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 27 47:31.3250
5 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 27 47:32.1168
6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 27 47:33.6853
7 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 27 47:35.5078
8 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 27 47:35.6639
9 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF 27 47:38.0389
10 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 27 47:39.8014
11 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF 27 47:41.6173
12 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF 27 47:41.8834
13 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 27 47:43.5561
14 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima 27 47:46.3831
15 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 27 47:47.1489
16 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF 27 47:49.6995
17 Heavy Haulage Australia Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG 27 47:50.6353
18 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF 27 47:52.7214
19 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 27 47:52.9796
20 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 27 47:54.2719
21 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF 27 47:57.0812
22 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 27 48:00.0132
23 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG 27 48:06.0289
24 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 27 48:25.7264
25 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG 27 48:36.2602
26 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 27 48:55.4836
27 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF 22 49:00.9419
DNF Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG  3  4:53.0663

See below for the updated points standings

1 Jamie Whincup 1247
2 Craig Lowndes 1105
3 Will Davison 1029
4 Fabian Coulthard  984
5 Jason Bright  945
6 Shane Van Gisbergen  907
7 Garth Tander  888
8 Mark Winterbottom  861
9 James Courtney  825
10 Jonathon Webb  768
11 Scott McLaughlin  695
12 Rick Kelly  651
13 James Moffat  638
14 David Reynolds  619
15 Alex Davison  619
16 Alexandre Premat  558
17 Russell Ingall  527
18 Tony D’Alberto  502
19 Dean Fiore  497
20 Lee Holdsworth  451
21 David Wall  435
22 Michael Caruso  434
23 Tim Blanchard  398
24 Tim Slade  391
25 Scott Pye  366
26 Todd Kelly  328
27 Chaz Mostert  252
28 Maro Engel  246

 

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