Whincup breaks winless streak in Race 22

Jamie Whincup snapped a 15 race drought

Jamie Whincup snapped a 15 race drought

Jamie Whincup held off Fabian Coulthard to take a drought breaking victory in Race 22 of the V8 Supercars Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The win is Whincup’s first since Race 6 of the season at Symmons Plains back in March.

Starting on the outside of the front-row, the Red Bull Holden driver made the best of the starts to take the lead at Turn 1.

Fabian Coulthard also slipped by pole-sitter Chaz Mostert on the run to Turn 1 before applying heavy pressure to Whincup for the entire 16 laps.

Whincup survived a sick sounding engine and a bad sportsmanship flag for exceeding track limits at Turn 5 on the way to a 0.6s victory.

“She sounded like a bit of a tractor, it was shocking, but obviously there was not much power loss,” said Whincup of the engine problem.

“Fabian is always good on soft tyres and it was a good battle and good to be on the top of the podium again.”

Prodrive’s qualifying speed failed to translate over a race distance with the soft tyre, with third placed Mostert taking the flag a further 4s behind Coulthard.

Scott McLaughlin pulled a mid-race move on Shane van Gisbergen for fourth, leaving the Kiwi to fend off a train of cars led by David Reynolds, Lee Holdsworth and Mark Winterbottom.

Winterbottom failed to make a single position from his eighth place starting spot in a disappointing run for the points leader.

Tenth for Craig Lowndes was meanwhile not enough to retain second in the points standings, dropping to third below Race 21 winner Mostert.

The opening lap had proven a wild affair, with multi-car incidents taking place at Turns 5 and 8.

Scott Pye was turned around by James Moffat as the field squeezed through the left-hander at 5, before Jason Bright endured contact with both Rick Kelly and Garth Tander on the exit of 8.

The first touch squeezed Kelly off to the left of the circuit, before rear-on contact from Tander spat Bright off to the right.

While all appeared to emerge unscathed, Bright would later spear straight ahead at Turn 1 with an apparent failure in the front-right of the Team BOC Holden.

Todd Kelly’s Nissan also took damage in the opening lap scramble, necessitating a trip to the garage for steering repairs.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 22, Sydney Motorsport Park

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 16 24:45.9934
2 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 16 24:46.6230
3 Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 16 24:50.6782
4 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 16 24:56.9332
5 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 16 25:02.8557
6 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 16 25:03.0376
7 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 16 25:03.2339
8 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 16 25:04.0181
9 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 16 25:04.2833
10 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 16 25:04.6417
11 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 16 25:04.8384
12 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 16 25:05.3940
13 Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG/X 16 25:06.9302
14 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 16 25:07.1995
15 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 16 25:07.3612
16 Erebus Motorsport V8 Ashley Walsh Mercedes E63 AMG 16 25:11.5628
17 Repair Management Aust Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 16 25:16.5092
18 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 16 25:17.0516
19 Holden Racing Team Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 16 25:17.2634
20 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 16 25:17.5199
21 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 16 25:17.8765
22 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 16 25:18.3692
23 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 16 25:18.5218
24 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 14 25:29.7975
25 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 14 25:34.5969

Championship Standings

1 Mark Winterbottom 1858
2 Chaz Mostert 1591
3 Craig Lowndes 1582
4 David Reynolds 1531
5 Fabian Coulthard 1442
6 Jamie Whincup 1403
7 James Courtney 1373
8 Garth Tander 1325
9 Shane van Gisbergen 1242
10 Rick Kelly 1085
11 Scott McLaughlin 975
12 Will Davison 964
13 Michael Caruso 946
14 Todd Kelly 927
15 Tim Slade 919
16 Jason Bright 918
17 James Moffat 848
18 Lee Holdsworth 846
19 Nick Percat 837
20 Andre Heimgartner 744
21 Scott Pye 735
22 Dale Wood 715
23 David Wall 654
24 Tim Blanchard 630
25 Ash Walsh 507
26 Marcos Ambrose 125
27 Jack Perkins 48

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