Whincup wins rain shortened second race
Jamie Whincup made it successive Sydney wins after heavy rain brought an early end to Race 37.
The Red Bull driver had been leading the race when the red flags were called on the 19th of 37 laps due to the conditions.
After a 20 minute stoppage, the cars returned to the track under Safety Car before the race reached its time cut-off with just 23 laps in the books.
The duration was sufficient to award full championship points.
Whincup led home Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin, Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom in the subdued finish.
Starting fourth, Whincup had surged to the lead amid a frantic four-wide dash to the first corner.
Minor contact with polesitter Bright on his right-side and McLaughlin to his left failed to stop Whincup’s move to the lead.
Bright emerged from the squeeze in second ahead of McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen, who soon pounced on the Volvo to take third.
Whincup ran away in the early stages as all drivers stayed out waiting for the rain to hit.
Stops for wet tyres began during early sprinkles on lap 12.
Whincup timed his stop to perfection, coming in three laps later, just as the downpour began.
David Wall was left as the only man on slicks and soon found himself in the Turn 2 wall, bringing out the Safety Car and, as it turned out, the end of green flag racing for good.
Marcos Ambrose had earlier found trouble at the first corner; tagged into a spin by Craig Lowndes before suffering further contact with Perkins.
The Xbox Ford continued with superficial damage and eventually wound up 21st.
Result: V8 Supercars Race 37, Sydney
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||23||01:05:51.1979|
|2||Team Tekno VIP Petfoods||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||23||201:05:51.9797|
|3||Valvoline Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||23||01:05:52.5226|
|4||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||23||01:05:53.2069|
|5||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||23||01:05:54.0254|
|6||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||23||01:05:54.8964|
|7||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||23||01:05:55.3006|
|8||Norton Hornets||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||23||01:05:55.7946|
|9||Wilson Security Racing||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG||23||01:05:58.4299|
|10||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||23||01:05:59.6272|
|11||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||23||01:06:00.3730|
|12||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||23||01:06:01.3888|
|13||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||23||01:06:03.1511|
|14||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||23||01:06:04.5216|
|15||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||23||01:06:05.3623|
|16||Team Advam/GB||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||23||01:06:06.3336|
|17||Norton Hornets||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||23||01:06:06.8023|
|18||Valvoline Racing GRM||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo S60||23||01:06:08.6764|
|19||Walkinshaw Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||23||01:06:09.1743|
|20||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||23||01:06:10.3810|
|21||XBOX Racing DJR||Marcos Ambrose||Ford Falcon FG||23||01:06:11.9338|
|22||Team JELD-WEN||Jack Perkins||Ford Falcon FG||23||01:06:17.8203|
|23||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||23||01:06:18.7017|
|24||Erebus Motorsport V8||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||23||01:06:21.7941|
|25||Repair Management Aust Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||22||01:06:20.1622|
|DNF||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Ford Falcon FG||16||24:42.4943|