V8 Supercars championship leader Jamie Whincup has claimed another win this season, heading home a Holden 1-2-3 at Symmons Plains Raceway to extend his championship lead over Team Vodafone Holden team-mate Craig Lowndes, who finished second.
Having claimed pole position in the day’s earlier qualifying session, Whincup was beaten off the line at the start of today’s 50-lap race by Ford Performance Racing driver Mark Winterbottom.
‘Frosty’ managed fend off Whincup’s advances for the opening ten laps of the race, but eventually succumbed on the eleventh lap.
Whincup remained in control of the race from that point, rebuilding his lead after the green flag conditions were interrupted by a Safety Car, brought upon when Greg Murphy’s (Kelly Racing) Holden shed a wheel.
Winterbottom’s team-mate Will Davison managed to get into second place by electing to only change two tyres during the race’s compulsory pit stop, but running on differently-worn tyres in the second half of the race didn’t pay off, and he dropped behind Lowndes after a long battle.
He then set about trying to keep team-mate Winterbottom at bay for third, but the pair was engrossed in their battle that when Winterbottom eventually did slip by with three laps to go, the pair allowed HRT’s Garth Tander to pounce and make it an all-Holden podium.
Winterbottom, Davison, and Stone Brothers Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen harried Tander to the chequered flag.
Van Gisbergen and fellow second-row starter Paul Dumbrell (Rod Nash / Ford Performance Racing) were two runners whose qualifying pace couldn’t translate into similar results during the race. Dumbrell’s fall down the field to 13th came courtesy of a brake issue, as well as a slip-up after he pit stop when he ran wide at the pit exit, while van Gisbergen lost places when he ran wide on Lap 32.
V8 Supercars Falken Tasmania Challenge Final Classification (Race 1 – 50 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Race Engineering||45:48.4135|
|2.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Race Engineering||+ 8.7403|
|3.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 11.9541|
|4.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||+ 12.1587|
|5.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||+ 12.7166|
|6.||Alex Davison||Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 14.3906|
|7.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 18.2865|
|8.||Fabian Coulthard||Bundaberg / Walkinshaw Racing||+ 19.6504|
|9.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 20.9548|
|10.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 21.1549|
|11.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 21.2956|
|12.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 21.8249|
|13.||Paul Dumbrell||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||+ 24.2846|
|14.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 24.6304|
|15.||Tony D’Alberto||Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 26.9067|
|16.||Lee Holdsworth||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 26.9895|
|17.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport||+ 28.3855|
|18.||Jason Bargwanna||Jana Living / Brad Jones Racing||+ 30.6602|
|19.||Dean Fiore||Westrac Racing / Triple F Racing||+ 31.8740|
|20.||James Moffat||Jim Beam / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 32.3395|
|21.||Jonathon Webb||Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno||+ 35.8909|
|22.||David Reynolds||Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing||+ 36.1086|
|23.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 37.8933|
|24.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing||+ 38.3386|
|25.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 42.6108|
|26.||Warren Luff||Gulf Western Oil Racing / Lucas Dumbrell||6 laps behind|
|DNF.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris Motorsport||24 laps|
|DNF.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||22 laps|
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