Jamie Whincup cruises to Race 32 victory

Saturday 21st November, 2015 - 5:23pm

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Jamie Whincup leads Scott McLaughlin

Jamie Whincup leads Scott McLaughlin

Jamie Whincup continued Red Bull Racing Australia’s fine form with the team’s second victory of the day in Race 32.

An investigation into a possible false start – which was quickly dismissed – proved Whincup’s only threat as he led all 14 laps on the way to a 1.3s victory.

Pole-sitter Scott McLaughlin finished second after being out-dragged to Turn 1 by his fellow front-row starter.

“It was all about getting off the line,” said Whincup.

“It was a good drag race with Scotty. I knew he was there, but you can’t see a thing so I just tipped it into Turn 1 and happy days. It’s win or bust really.”

“I need to work on those starts, I don’t care about second,” added a smiling McLaughlin.

“It’s one of those things. We’ll get there. It’s just good to have pace, us (top) three just walked away (from the field). It was fun.”

Craig Lowndes, Mark Winterbottom, David Reynolds, Scott Pye, Michael Caruso and Rick Kelly all held their grid positions across the race to finish third through eighth.

Shane van Gisbergen moved from 11th to ninth on the opening lap but could make no further progress in a processional race.

James Courtney rounded out the top 10 in the lead Walkinshaw Holden, with Brad Jones Racing team-mates Fabian Coulthard and Jason Bright just outside the top 10.

The results mean Winterbottom’s championship lead over Lowndes has been trimmed to 209 points, while Reynolds is now 277 adrift in third.

Red Bull meanwhile continues to close on Pepsi Max Crew PRA in the teams’ championship, trailing by 185 points ahead of Sunday’s 200km contest.

Result: V8 Supercars WD-40 Phillip Island Super Sprint Race 32

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 14 21:48.2038
2 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 14 21:49.5019
3 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 14 21:50.2854
4 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 14 21:56.7817
5 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 14 21:57.4235
6 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 14 21:58.0411
7 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 14 21:58.8658
8 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 14 21:59.1395
9 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 14 21:59.8122
10 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 14 22:01.7238
11 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 14 22:02.9612
12 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 14 22:05.4306
13 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 14 22:06.1157
14 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 14 22:07.0845
15 Pepsi Max Crew Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 14 22:07.8622
16 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 14 22:10.1202
17 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 14 22:10.4828
18 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 14 22:10.9563
19 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 14 22:11.1316
20 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 14 22:12.0504
21 Repair Management Aust Racing Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 14 22:12.9433
22 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 14 22:13.7380
23 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 14 22:14.4155
24 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 14 22:16.1437
25 Erebus Motorsport V8 Dean Canto Mercedes E63 AMG 14 22:16.5985

Championship Standings

1 Mark Winterbottom 2887
2 Craig Lowndes 2678
3 David Reynolds 2610
4 Garth Tander 2375
5 Shane van Gisbergen 2371
6 Fabian Coulthard 2322
7 Jamie Whincup 2230
8 Chaz Mostert 2017
9 Scott McLaughlin 1919
10 James Courtney 1880
11 Rick Kelly 1830
12 Michael Caruso 1705
13 Tim Slade 1637
14 Lee Holdsworth 1539
15 Jason Bright 1508
16 Will Davison 1483
17 James Moffat 1480
18 Todd Kelly 1423
19 Scott Pye 1372
20 Nick Percat 1204
21 Dale Wood 1186
22 Tim Blanchard 1116
23 Andre Heimgartner 1068
24 David Wall 956
25 Ash Walsh 769
26 Warren Luff 747
27 Jonathon Webb 699
28 Jack Perkins 693
29 Steve Owen 684
30 Dean Canto 682
31 Steven Richards 681
32 Cameron Waters 550
33 Luke Youlden 516
34 David Russell 492
35 Alex Premat 492
36 Tony D’Alberto 462
37 Sebastien Bourdais 423
38 Taz Douglas 416
39 Russell Ingall 414
40 Dean Fiore 399
41 Marcos Ambrose 395
42 Andrew Jones 345
43 Macauley Jones 327
44 Alex Davison 327
45 Paul Dumbrell 326
46 Karl Reindler 288
47 Alex Buncombe 276
48 Oliver Gavin 258
49 Ant Pedersen 185
50 Chris Pither 173
51 Jack Le Brocq 144
52 Aaren Russell 108
53 Drew Russell 108
54 Simona de Silvestro 84
55 Renee Gracie 84

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