Whincup defeats Lowndes in Ipswich opener

Saturday 2nd August, 2014 - 3:15pm

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Whincup took another victory in Race 23

Whincup took another victory in Race 23

Jamie Whincup overcame team-mate Craig Lowndes to take his eighth race win of the season at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400.

Whincup stalked the pole-sitter for much of the 33 lap encounter before using superior tyre life to mount a challenge as the race entered its final third.

Triggered by a mistake from Lowndes at the exit of Turn 6, the Red Bull Holdens traded the lead for three consecutive corners before Whincup took the ascendancy for good.

The five-time champion was then able to pull away in the closing stages to win by 4.6s as Lowndes’ tyres faded.

“Our Achilles heel this year has been keeping the soft tyres on the car towards the end of the stint, so that was promising,” said Whincup post-race.

“It was a good battle with Lowndesey. There are no team orders, we raced it out hard and fair, so it was good.”

Added Lowndes: “We’ve obviously got good speed in the car but the longevity on the soft tyre isn’t as good as Jamie’s.

“I made a mistake onto the pit straight but then he ran wide (at Turn 1) so we swapped back.

“I knew he had good speed so I wasn’t going to fight into Turn 3.”

Scott McLaughlin started and finished third in his Volvo ahead of Fabian Coulthard, who also enjoyed a lonely race in his Brad Jones Holden.

James Courtney meanwhile held off a spirited late challenge from Mark Winterbottom to secure fifth for the Holden Racing Team.

Winterbottom, whose FPR Falcon showed typically strong tyre life throughout the 100km journey, took the place at Turn 1 on the final lap but could not hold off his rival into the following corner.

Will Davison greeted the flag on the tail of the factory Holden and Ford in seventh while Garth Tander, David Reynolds and Shane van Gisbergen completed the top 10.

Elsewhere, Chaz Mostert went in the opposite direction to team-mate Winterbottom in the closing stages, dropping six places to 14th across the final five laps.

Those to benefit included the Nissans of Rick Kelly (11th) and Michael Caruso (13th), who enjoyed starkly better fortunes than their two team-mates.

Todd Kelly ran 11th early before flat-spotting his tyres with a major lock-up.

Quickly dropping to the back, the former Bathurst winner eventually endured an off at Turn 2, pitted to replace a flat tyre and finished 24th.

James Moffat meanwhile battled for a spot deep in the top 20 until suffering a flat left-rear in the closing stages and retiring.

The Race 23 result sees Whincup close Winterbottom’s championship lead to 72 points, while Lowndes jumps from sixth in the order to third.

A second 100km race will take place later this afternoon, where McLaughlin and Caruso will share the front-row.

Result: Race 23

1

 Red Bull Racing Australia

 Jamie Whincup

 Holden Commodore VF

39:15.7016

1:10.8747

2

 Red Bull Racing Australia

 Craig Lowndes

 Holden Commodore VF

39:20.3372

1:10.8491

3

 Valvoline Racing GRM

 Scott McLaughlin

 Volvo S60

39:23.6641

1:11.0019

4

 Lockwood Racing

 Fabian Coulthard

 Holden Commodore VF

39:27.9192

1:11.1186

5

 Holden Racing Team

 James Courtney

 Holden Commodore VF

39:30.6187

1:11.1476

6

 Ford Pepsi Max Crew

 Mark Winterbottom

 Ford Falcon FG

39:30.7468

1:11.1707

7

 Erebus Motorsport V8

 Will Davison

 Mercedes E63 AMG

39:30.8668

1:11.2445

8

 Holden Racing Team

 Garth Tander

 Holden Commodore VF

39:34.6118

1:11.1346

9

 The Bottle-O Racing Team

 David Reynolds

 Ford Falcon FG

39:37.4100

1:11.0252

10

 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods

 Shane Van Gisbergen

 Holden Commodore VF

39:38.5409

1:11.1169

11

 Jack Daniel’s Racing

 Rick Kelly

 Nissan Altima

39:38.8489

1:11.3237

12

 Walkinshaw Racing

 Nick Percat

 Holden Commodore VF

39:40.1431

1:11.0386

13

 Norton Hornets

 Michael Caruso

 Nissan Altima

39:41.1876

1:10.8227*

14

 Ford Pepsi Max Crew

 Chaz Mostert

 Ford Falcon FG

39:42.1127

1:11.1287

15

 Supercheap Auto Racing

 Tim Slade

 Holden Commodore VF

39:42.1156

1:11.1587

16

 Wilson Security Racing

 Scott Pye

 Ford Falcon FG

39:42.3813

1:11.1986

17

 Erebus Motorsport V8

 Lee Holdsworth

 Mercedes E63 AMG

39:42.5477

1:11.0398

18

 Team BOC

 Jason Bright

 Holden Commodore VF

39:42.8701

1:11.1635

19

 Wilson Security Racing

 David Wall

 Ford Falcon FG

39:46.3468

1:11.4340

20

 Repair Management Aust Racing

 Russell Ingall

 Holden Commodore VF

39:47.3813

1:11.5112

21

 Team JELD-WEN

 Jack Perkins

 Ford Falcon FG

39:48.3062

1:11.2676

22

 Team Advam/GB

 Dale Wood

 Holden Commodore VF

39:54.5054

1:11.5354

23

 Valvoline Racing GRM

 Robert Dahlgren

 Volvo S60

39:55.6088

1:11.5379

24

 Jack Daniel’s Racing

 Todd Kelly

 Nissan Altima

40:19.0953

1:12.3774

DNF

 Norton Hornets

 James Moffat

 Nissan Altima

36:04.2301

1:11.0736

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