Three pole positions converted into two race wins and a second placed finish is certainly not a bad way to end a weekend of door-to-door racing, and Team Vodafone Jamie Whincup can be well pleased with his efforts after winning the third and final race of the V8 Supercars Trading Post Perth Challenge at Barbagallo Raceway.
The Holden driver and former series champion overcame a stern challenge from Race 2’s winner Jason Bright, as he was again beaten off the line by the Team BOC driver with whom he shared the front row.
The pair ran in close company all race and it would be the pit stops that would ultimately prove crucial. Whincup was able to leapfrog Bright with a better pit stop, and he narrowly led him home in the 50-lap race.
Hometown hero Garth Tander ended his weekend on a high with a solid run to third place in his TOLL HRT Commodore.
Whincup’s team-mate Craig Lowndes dropped from third to sixth on the opening lap, but he was able to recover to fourth place by the chequered flag, finishing ahead of James Courtney (TOLL HRT), who made it five Holdens in the top five finishing places.
Steven Johnson capped off a consistent weekend and finished as Ford’s best-placed runner in sixth place, narrowly holding out fellow Ford runner Shane van Gisbergen by less than two-hundredths of a second at the finish line.
With the series now moving on to the Winton race circuit in rural Victoria for the next round in three weeks time, Whincup’s championship lead has been extended to 142 points over team-mate Craig Lowndes, who has now moved into second place in the championship standings. Click here to view the current championship standings.
V8 Supercars Trading Post Perth Challenge Final Classification (Race 3 – 50 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Result|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Race Engineering||49:04.0396|
|2.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||+ 0.9351|
|3.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 5.2232|
|4.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Race Engineering||+ 10.5012|
|5.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||+ 15.9123|
|6.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 16.1339|
|7.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 16.1531|
|8.||Jason Bargwanna||Jana Living / Brad Jones Racing||+ 20.4931|
|9.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 20.6141|
|10.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||+ 22.6693|
|11.||Alex Davison||Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing||+ 34.5280|
|12.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 35.0567|
|13.||Fabian Coulthard||Bundaberg / Walkinsaw Racing||+ 36.7402|
|14.||Paul Dumbrell||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||+ 36.8667|
|15.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||+ 40.4769|
|16.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||+ 41.0824|
|17.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 44.2847|
|18.||Lee Holdsworth||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||+ 47.8730|
|19.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris Motorsport||+ 48.7660|
|20.||Tony D’Alberto||Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing||+ 49.5831|
|21.||James Moffat||Jim Beam / Dick Johnson Racing||+ 49.9778|
|22.||Dean Fiore||Triple F Racing||+ 54.3333|
|23.||Jonathon Webb||Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno||+ 59.9835|
|24.||David Reynolds||Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing||1 lap behind|
|25.||Warren Luff||Gulf Western Oil Racing / Lucas Dumbrell||1 lap behind|
|26.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||1 lap behind|
|DNS.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing||did not start|
|DNS.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport||did not start|
[Images via Team Vodafone]
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