Red Bull completes Saturday sweep in Darwin

Jamie Whincup recorded a second straight win

Jamie Whincup recorded a second straight win

Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes eased their way to another one-two finish in Race 18 of the V8 Supercars Championship in Darwin.

In a repeat of the day’s opening 100km hit-out, the Red Bull duo ran first and second for the duration.

Whincup was over four seconds clear of his team-mate entering the closing stages, before taking the flag 3.4s ahead as he concentrated on saving tyres for Sunday in the closing stages.

Fabian Coulthard kept his points tally ticking along with a comfortable third in another race that was thin on overtaking at the front.

Garth Tander scored fourth for the Holden Racing Team after holding off Scott McLaughlin, Mark Winterbottom and Shane van Gisbergen.

Tim Slade, David Reynolds and Michael Caruso completed the top 10, with James Courtney 11th after falling off the road in the early stages while running fifth.

Winterbottom’s race fell apart at the start, dropping from fourth to eighth as a bad launch was compounded in the push and shove of the opening corners.

Jason Bright was 12th after a mistake dropped him from the top 10 in the closing stages.

Will Davison salvaged 13th for Erebus Motorsport in a race that saw team-mate Lee Holdsworth retire with power steering problems – the same issue that had beset Davison in Race 17.

The issues ensure that both Mercedes-AMGs will have a set of relatively fresh hard compound tyres to use tomorrow, when most are expected to re-use four of their eight Saturday tyres.

Rick Kelly, Todd Kelly and Russell Ingall elected to use their Race 17 tyres in Race 18 in order to save a complete fresh set for Sunday.

The strategy ensured that all three ran at the back of the field, with both Jack Daniel’s Nissans eventually finishing a lap down.

Fellow Nissan driver James Moffat failed to complete a lap after his Altima suffered steering damage in the opening corners.


1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 35 42:26.11
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 35 42:29.51
3 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 35 42:31.97
4 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 35 42:37.62
5 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 35 42:39.02
6 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 35 42:39.37
7 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 35 42:39.80
8 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 35 42:41.59
9 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 35 42:42.54
10 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 35 42:44.60
11 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 35 42:46.47
12 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 35 42:49.17
13 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 35 42:49.72
14 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 35 42:50.84
15 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 35 42:51.22
16 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 35 42:56.25
17 Team Advam/GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 35 42:58.50
18 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 35 42:58.89
19 Walkinshaw Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 35 43:01.46
20 Team JELD-WEN Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 35 43:09.89
21 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 35 43:29.99
22 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 34 42:27.36
23 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 34 43:15.04
DNF Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 8 09:55.76
DNF Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima

 Championship points after Race 18

1 Mark Winterbottom 1301
2 Craig Lowndes 1236
3 Fabian Coulthard 1165
4 Jamie Whincup 1136
5 James Courtney 1009
6 Shane Van Gisbergen 973
7 Scott McLaughlin 955
8 Chaz Mostert 854
9 Jason Bright 836
10 David Reynolds 832
11 Garth Tander 751
12 Michael Caruso 743
13 Lee Holdsworth 741
14 Will Davison 711
15 Tim Slade 702
16 James Moffat 674
17 Russell Ingall 668
18 Rick Kelly 664
19 Scott Pye 655
20 David Wall 583
21 Jack Perkins 547
22 Nick Percat 541
23 Dale Wood 537
24 Todd Kelly 516
25 Robert Dahlgren 355



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