Whincup triumphs in Symmons Plains finale

Sunday 29th March, 2015 - 3:31pm

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Jamie Whincup takes the flag to win Race 6

Jamie Whincup takes the flag to win Race 6

Red Bull Racing Australia completed a clean sweep of the V8 Supercars races at Symmons Plains, with Jamie Whincup taking out the 200km feature race.

Whincup made the most of early trouble for team-mate Craig Lowndes to record a commanding win, moving to the top of the championship in the process.

Eventual sixth place finisher Lowndes had received a drive-through penalty after a tangle with Reynolds at Turn 2 on the opening lap.

The Bottle-O Ford pulled ahead off the start before being tagged into a spin by the Red Bull Holden.

“It’s amazing how it turns around,” said Whincup post-race.

“The weekend was dominated by Lowndesy… I can’t believe I’m on the top step of the podium.

“The cars are quick and it’s really nice going into a five-week break with a win behind us.”

The Lowndes/Reynolds incident also saw Shane van Gisbergen and Will Davison make contact, damaging the steering rack on the Erebus Mercedes.

Van Gisbergen went on to finish third behind Whincup and Chaz Mostert, who had used strong strategy and soft tyre life to move up from sixth on the grid.

Garth Tander secured fourth on an otherwise tough day for the Holden Racing Team that saw erstwhile points leader James Courtney manage just 10th.

The top four finishes ran with the bulk of the field in choosing to start and finish on their single set of soft tyres.

Fifth placed Mark Winterbottom was the first of those to run the alternate strategy; starting on hards before double-stinting his softs to the end.

The strategies played out without the interruption of a single Safety Car throughout the 84 laps.

David Wall and Tim Slade were the only two retirements, with the former out early thanks to an engine failure.

Slade meanwhile appeared set for a 10th place finish when forced to pit for fuel in the dying stages.

Whincup then took the flag before Slade reached the pit exit, ensuring the Supercheap Holden was scored as a DNF.

The V8 Supercars Championship now takes a month break before heading to Barbagallo in Western Australia on May 1-3.

RESULTS : Race 6 – Symmons Plains

1

Red Bull Racing Australia    

Jamie Whincup    

Holden Commodore VF

84

01:15:21.0174

2

Pepsi Max Crew               

Chaz Mostert     

Ford Falcon FG/X   

84

01:15:24.5124

3

Team Darrell Lea STIX        

Shane Van Gisberg

Holden Commodore VF

84

01:15:36.3799

4

Holden Racing Team           

Garth Tander     

Holden Commodore VF

84

01:15:36.9946

5

Pepsi Max Crew               

Mark Winterbottom

Ford Falcon FG/X   

84

01:15:45.5638

6

Red Bull Racing Australia    

Craig Lowndes    

Holden Commodore VF

84

01:15:47.9369

7

Wilson Security Racing GRM   

Scott McLaughlin

Volvo S60          

84

01:15:49.0545

8

Super Black Racing           

Andre Heimgartner

Ford Falcon FG/X   

84

01:15:52.6108

9

Freightliner Racing          

Fabian Coulthard

Holden Commodore VF

84

01:15:53.2287

10

Holden Racing Team           

James Courtney   

Holden Commodore VF

84

01:16:01.4236

11

The Bottle-O Racing Team     

David Reynolds   

Ford Falcon FG/X   

84

01:16:02.0494

12

Team BOC                     

Jason Bright     

Holden Commodore VF

84

01:16:13.2222

13

Nissan Motorsport            

Todd Kelly       

Nissan Altima      

84

01:16:13.5095

14

Nissan Motorsport            

Rick Kelly       

Nissan Altima      

83

01:15:22.4010

15

GB Galvanizing Racing        

Dale Wood        

Holden Commodore VF

83

01:15:22.6229

16

Walkinshaw Racing            

Lee Holdsworth   

Holden Commodore VF

83

01:15:25.1174

17

Repair Management Aust Racing

Nick Percat      

Holden Commodore VF

83

01:15:34.0710

18

DJR Team Penske              

Scott Pye        

Ford Falcon FG/X   

83

01:15:38.0834

19

Nissan Motorsport            

Michael Caruso   

Nissan Altima      

83

01:15:49.7961

20

Team Cooldrive               

Tim Blanchard    

Holden Commodore VF

83

01:15:56.7310

21

Erebus Motorsport V8         

Ashley Walsh     

Mercedes E63 AMG   

83

01:16:03.8630

22

Nissan Mororsport            

James Moffat     

Nissan Altima      

82

01:15:28.0273

23

Erebus Motorsport V8         

Will Davison     

Mercedes E63 AMG   

65

01:16:16.3293

DNF

Supercheap Auto Racing       

Tim Slade        

Holden Commodore VF

82

01:14:13.5516

DNF

Wilson Security Racing GRM   

David Wall       

Volvo S60          

Championship standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Jamie Whincup 483
2 James Courtney 464
3 Craig Lowndes 460
4 Garth Tander 457
5 Shane van Gisbergen 456
6 Mark Winterbottom 433
7 Fabian Coulthard 403
8 David Reynolds 303
9 Rick Kelly 299
10 Chaz Mostert 296
11 Jason Bright 284
12 Todd Kelly 260
13 Scott McLaughlin 231
14 Andre Heimgartner 223
15 Dale Wood 219
16 Tim Slade 208
17 Nick Percat 208
18 Lee Holdsworth 193
19 Tim Blanchard 189
20 James Moffat 181
21 Will Davison 159
22 David Wall 158
23  Michael Caruso 155
24  Marcos Ambrose 125
25  Ashley Walsh 103
26  Scott Pye 103

Standings

 

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