Whincup led home team-mate Lowndes at Townsville

Team Vodafone took an important 1-2 in the second race of the Sucrogen Townsville 400 today, with championship leader Jamie Whincup leading home team-mate Craig Lowndes on the streets of Townsville.

The win – Whincup’s sixth of the year and his third overall at this circuit – came off the back of a hard-charging opening stint of the 72-lap race that brought him into contention at the front of the field after a disappointing qualifying session. He then saved his switch to the softer-compound Dunlop tyres until the end of the race, allowing a late surge to overtake Mark Winterbottom for second place and Lowndes for the lead with under 10 laps to go.

Lowndes has opted for a different tyre strategy that didn’t quite pay off, but second place helped to cement his position in the Drivers’ Championship race and keep his hopes alive of challenging runaway leader Whincup. Winterbottom completed the podium places.

James Courtney opted to run his soft-compound tyres in the opening stint, and it took little time for the Holden Racing Team driver to showcase the skills that had earned him the title last season. The former Jaguar F1 test driver sliced through the field to take the lead, but was later slapped with a drive-through penalty for making contact with Tim Slade. He finished a disconsolate 19th.

Fourth place went to Alex Davison, who made remarkable progress after an awful qualifying session that saw him start from 22nd place. He finished one place ahead of Stone Brothers Racing team-mate Shane van Gisbergen.

Slade survived contact with Courtney and Jason Bright to finish a creditable seventh, using his soft tyres to great effect in the final stint of the race. He finished one place behind Lee Holdsworth.

Fabian Coulthard, Russell Ingall and Paul Dumbrell rounded out the top ten.

Yesterday’s race winner Garth Tander looked strong for another healthy points haul until a broken shock absorber mount ended his hopes.

The series now takes a well-deserved break before resuming action in mid-August at Queensland Raceway for the three-race Ipswich 300.

 

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V8 Supercars Sucrogen Townsville 400 Final Classification (Race 2 – 72 laps):

  Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Race Engineering 1:32:45.8802
2. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Race Engineering + 4.3938
3. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing + 11.2406
4. Alex Davison Ford Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing + 13.9425
5. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing + 19.9231
6. Lee Holdsworth Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 20.4439
7. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 / Stone Brothers Racing + 27.3169
8. Fabian Coulthard Holden Bundaberg / Walkinsaw Racing + 29.4344
9. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris Motorsport + 30.1509
10. Paul Dumbrell Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash + 32.3014
11. Jason Bargwanna Holden Jana Living / Brad Jones Racing + 32.7764
12. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam / Dick Johnson Racing + 35.6316
13. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 35.6504
14. Steve Owen Holden VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport + 35.9723
15. James Moffat Ford Jim Beam / Dick Johnson Racing + 36.5500
16. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 42.3529
17. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 43.3410
18. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing + 44.8740
19. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 48.8695
20. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing + 52.7639
21. Warren Luff Holden Gulf Western Oil Racing / Lucas Dumbrell + 55.5833
22. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 56.8638
23. David Reynolds Holden Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing + 1:09.2312
24. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing + 4 laps
25. Tony D’Alberto Ford Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 5 laps
26. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 10 laps
         
  NOT CLASSIFIED      
DNF. Dean Fiore Ford Triple F Racing 39 laps
DNF. Jonathon Webb Ford Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno 1 lap

[Image via Team Vodafone; video via V8 Supercars]

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