Whincup takes dominant win in Race 17

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup has broken an 11 race winless streak by dominating the opening encounter at Hidden Valley’s Skycity Triple Crown.

Making a strong start from pole position, Whincup methodically built his lead throughout the 35 laps, eventually taking the flag over four seconds clear of team-mate Craig Lowndes.

The win is Whincup’s first since Saturday at Symmons Plains in March and follows Red Bull’s first test day of the season in the build-up to the event.

“It’s a really good start to a hot weekend,” said Whincup.

“Both cars were clearly good and we have made some improvements over the mini-break which is nice.

“We had a few up and down rounds and we don’t like doing that. We really put our head down and everyone has done a good job.

“We took a little bit of a risk and it has paid off. There’s still a long way to go but certainly improved from the start of the year.”

Lowndes and Whincup celebrate post-race

Lowndes and Whincup celebrate post-race

Lowndes moved into second off the start and held the position throughout the race, fending off a determined race-long challenge from eventual third-place finisher Shane van Gisbergen.

Scott McLaughlin had a lonely race to fourth in his Volvo after dropping two places with a tardy start.

Garth Tander and Mark Winterbottom provided the entertainment of the race as they battled for fifth.

Winterbottom hounded his Holden rival from the early stages but, despite pulling alongside Tander in the closing stages, proved unable to find a way through.

Jason Bright, James Courtney and Fabian Coulthard filled seventh through ninth after all benefiting from a late-race mistake from Lee Holdsworth, who dropped to 10th with a rear brake lock-up at Turn 1.

Team-mate Will Davison was the race’s only retirement, falling foul of power steering issues in the early going.

The day’s second 100km race will get underway at 1630 local time.


Pos  No. Driver Team Car
1    1  Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
2  888  Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
3   97  Shane Van Gisbergen Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF
4   33  Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
5    2  Garth Tander Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
6    5  Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
7    8  Jason Bright Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF
8   22  James Courtney Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
9   14  Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF
10    4  Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
11  360  James Moffat Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
12   36  Michael Caruso Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
13   55  David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG
14    6  Chaz Mostert Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
15   16  Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG
16   47  Tim Slade Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF
17   15  Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
18   17  David Wall Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG
19   23  Russell Ingall Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF
20    7  Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
21   21  Dale Wood Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF
22   34  Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
23  222  Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF
24   18  Jack Perkins Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG
DNF    9  Will Davison Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG

Championship points after Race 17

1 Mark Winterbottom 1250
2 Craig Lowndes 1167
3 Fabian Coulthard 1101
4 Jamie Whincup 1061
5 James Courtney 973
6 Shane Van Gisbergen 925
7 Scott McLaughlin 900
8 Chaz Mostert 823
9 Jason Bright 802
10 David Reynolds 790
11 Lee Holdsworth 741
12 Michael Caruso 704
13 Garth Tander 691
14 Will Davison 678
15 James Moffat 674
16 Tim Slade 657
17 Russell Ingall 647
18 Rick Kelly 645
19 Scott Pye 625
20 David Wall 555
21 Jack Perkins 525
22 Nick Percat 517
23 Dale Wood 510
24 Todd Kelly 498
25 Robert Dahlgren 330

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