Whincup wins Triple Eight battle in Race 3

Saturday 19th March, 2016 - 4:02pm

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Jamie Whincup took out Race 3

Jamie Whincup took out Race 3

Jamie Whincup turned the tables on his Triple Eight team-mates by storming to a commanding victory in the third V8 Supercars race of the weekend at Albert Park.

Pole-sitter Shane van Gisbergen held out team-mates Craig Lowndes and Whincup off the start, putting him in a strong position to claim his third win of the weekend.

Whincup had other ideas, however, moving to second at Turn 3 on the opening lap as Lowndes bumped Van Gisbergen and lost momentum.

Six-time champion Whincup then pulled a decisive move for the lead into Turn 1 on the second lap, narrowly avoiding running off on the exit.

Van Gisbergen ranged down the outside as he attempted to reverse the positions two corners later, but found himself losing second to Lowndes as minor contact shuffled him wide.

Light rain during the early stages added to the excitement as the slick-shod field jostled for position.

Whincup was untouchable in the tricky conditions, pulling away to an eventual 6.6s victory.

Van Gisbergen spent the remainder of the race fending off Lowndes, who was clearly faster in the closing laps but could not find a way by.

Garth Tander snuck through on Ford duo Fabian Coulthard and Chaz Mostert in the opening corners to be fourth; a position he held until the end.

Coulthard led home Mostert to claim fifth, while seventh through 10th was filled by James Courtney, Michael Caruso, Tim Slade and Rick Kelly.

Scott McLaughlin was running seventh in the closing stages before low engine oil pressure saw him fall off the road and out of the race at Turn 14.

Others in the wars included team-mate James Moffat and Brad Jones Racing’s Jason Bright, who were both forced to pit following the opening lap.

Todd Kelly earlier pulled off on the warm-up lap with smoke pouring from his Nissan; a fate that also befell the team owner in Practice 1 and Race 1.

Cameron Waters was meanwhile on track for a 13th place finish before serving a drive-through penalty for contact with Will Davison.

A fourth and final V8 Supercars race will take place from 1220 tomorrow.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 3, Albert Park

1
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
23:47.62
01:57.62
2
Red Bull Racing Australia
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
23:54.22
01:57.82
3
Team Vortex
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
23:54.50
1:57.4613*
4
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
23:55.11
01:58.23
5
DJR Team Penske
Fabian Coulthard
Ford Falcon FG/X
23:57.77
01:58.21
6
Supercheap Auto Racing
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
23:58.32
01:58.29
7
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
23:58.84
01:58.11
8
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
23:59.12
01:58.11
9
Freightliner Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
24:03.33
01:58.42
10
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
24:05.13
01:58.86
11
The Bottle-O Racing Team
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
24:05.74
01:58.81
12
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
24:06.40
01:58.33
13
Superblack Racing
Chris Pither
Ford Falcon FG/X
24:11.33
01:59.18
14
Preston Hire Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
24:12.35
01:59.15
15
Erebus Motorsport Penrite
David Reynolds
Holden Commodore VF
24:12.69
01:58.86
16
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Nissan Altima
24:14.06
01:59.44
17
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
24:14.65
01:59.12
18
LD Motorsports
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
24:15.05
01:59.38
19
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Will Davison
Holden Commodore VF
24:17.64
01:59.06
20
LD Motorsports
Andre Heimgartner
Holden Commodore VF
24:20.29
02:00.10
21
Plus Fitness Racing
Aaren Russell
Holden Commodore VF
24:22.94
02:00.00
22
Prodrive Racing Australia
Cameron Waters
Ford Falcon FG/X
24:46.62
01:58.57
23
Wilson Security Racing GRM
James Moffat
Volvo S60
25:18.72
01:58.08
DNF
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
10:07.35
01:58.84
DNF
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
02:21.00
02:21.00
DNF
carsales Racing
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima

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