Whincup records 100th Supercars win

Jamie Whincup celebrates his 100th Supercars race win

Jamie Whincup celebrates his 100th Supercars race win

After a string of second place finishes, Jamie Whincup finally chalked up his 100th career Supercars victory in Race 19 at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Whincup led home team-mate Craig Lowndes by 2.7s at the end of the weekend’s 200km feature race.

Triple Eight’s strategy of making early first stops with all three of its cars paid dividends as the team stormed to its seventh straight victory.

Lowndes and Whincup made their second pitstops together just over 20 laps from the end, swapping places as the Red Bull entry narrowly emerged ahead.

Whincup’s success denied Lowndes, who became the category’s first centurion last June, victory in his 600th start.

“It’s an honour to join Lowndesy on the ton,” said Whincup.

“It’s been just over 10 years since my first win and I’ve had every one with the same crew, so a massive thank you to everyone at Triple Eight.

“Today was fitting, it’s exactly what my career has been all about. It was a massive team effort jumping Lowndesy in the pits.

“To finally get that win after being the bridesmaid three races in a row is an awesome feeling.”

Lowndes had led the early stages thanks to a blistering start from the second row, blazing around the outside of pole-sitter Chaz Mostert at Turn 1.

Mostert, now a full 12 months without a win, finished eight seconds adrift of the leader in third.

Fabian Coulthard rose from 10th on the grid to finish fourth, gaining two late places when James Moffat tagged Shane van Gisbergen into a spin at Turn 8.

Van Gisbergen rejoined to bank solid points in fifth, while Moffat was handed a drive-through penalty and dropped to 18th.

Moffat had been enjoying his most competitive run of the season before the incident, which saw the out-of-control Volvo tag the right-rear corner of Van Gisbergen’s Holden.

Scott McLaughlin finished sixth in his Volvo ahead of Garth Tander, James Courtney, Todd Kelly and Michael Caruso.

Mark Winterbottom endured a dismal run to 14th that included an early first pitstop due to a tyre issue.

Will Davison’s points tally also took a major hit as he finished 26th after a miscalculation saw the Tekno Holden run out of fuel before its first pitstop.

Limping to pitlane, Tekno mechanics were able to push Davison’s Holden up pitlane before adding fuel and sending it back into battle.

The results see Whincup extend his championship lead to 137 points over Van Gisbergen ahead of the Pirtek Enduro Cup.

Result: Virgin Australian Supercars Championship Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint Race 19

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 51 01:20:45.1664
2 TeamVortex Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 51 01:20:47.8250
3 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 51 01:20:53.2972
4 DJR Team Penske Fabian Coulthard Ford Falcon FG/X 51 01:21:00.6161
5 Red Bull Racing Australia Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 51 01:21:06.7958
6 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 51 01:21:09.0119
7 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 51 01:21:10.8603
8 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 51 01:21:11.2741
9 carsales Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 51 01:21:30.2833
10 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 51 01:21:30.4625
11 Sengled Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 51 01:21:30.9352
12 Freightliner Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 51 01:21:31.2766
13 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 51 01:21:31.4757
14 The Bottle-O Racing Team Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 51 01:21:32.5557
15 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 51 01:21:34.4434
16 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG/X 51 01:21:36.7013
17 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 51 01:21:42.9878
18 Wilson Security Racing GRM James Moffat Volvo S60 51 01:21:43.2544
19 Erebus Motorsport Penrite David Reynolds Holden Commodore VF 51 01:21:43.8197
20 LD Motorsport Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 51 01:21:44.8076
21 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Nissan Altima 51 01:21:45.4431
22 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 51 01:21:45.8573
23 Preston Hire Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VF 51 01:21:50.1304
24 LD Motorsport Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 51 01:21:50.3892
25 Erebus Motorsport Shae Davies Holden Commodore VF 51 01:22:07.1855
26 Team Darrell Lea STIX Will Davison Holden Commodore VF 50 01:21:55.8343

Championship Standings

1 Jamie Whincup 2109
2 Shane Van Gisbergen 1972
3 Craig Lowndes 1911
4 Mark Winterbottom 1836
5 Scott McLaughlin 1749
6 Will Davison 1554
7 Chaz Mostert 1535
8 Tim Slade 1518
9 Michael Caruso 1512
10 James Courtney 1434
11 Garth Tander 1363
12 Rick Kelly 1341
13 Fabian Coulthard 1300
14 Todd Kelly 1249
15 Jason Bright 1155
16 David Reynolds 1090
17 Scott Pye 1060
18 James Moffat 1002
19 Cameron Waters 993
20 Chris Pither 925
21 Dale Wood 826
22 Tim Blanchard 776
23 Nick Percat 728
24 Andre Heimgartner 701
25 Lee Holdsworth 648
26 Aaron Russell 465
27 Kurt Kostecki 108
28 Karl Reindler 75
29 Craig Baird 72
30 Shae Davies 60

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