Whincup made it two wins at Barbagallo by taking victory at the final race

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 Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Race Engineering 49:04.0396
2. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 0.9351
3. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 5.2232
4. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Race Engineering + 10.5012
5. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 15.9123
6. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam / Dick Johnson Racing + 16.1339
7. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing + 16.1531
8. Jason Bargwanna Holden Jana Living / Brad Jones Racing + 20.4931
9. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 / Stone Brothers Racing + 20.6141
10. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing + 22.6693
11. Alex Davison Ford Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing + 34.5280
12. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 35.0567
13. Fabian Coulthard Holden Bundaberg / Walkinsaw Racing + 36.7402
14. Paul Dumbrell Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash + 36.8667
15. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing + 40.4769
16. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 41.0824
17. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 44.2847
18. Lee Holdsworth Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 47.8730
19. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris Motorsport + 48.7660
20. Tony D’Alberto Ford Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 49.5831
21. James Moffat Ford Jim Beam / Dick Johnson Racing + 49.9778
22. Dean Fiore Ford Triple F Racing + 54.3333
23. Jonathon Webb Ford Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno + 59.9835
24. David Reynolds Holden Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing 1 lap behind
25. Warren Luff Holden Gulf Western Oil Racing / Lucas Dumbrell 1 lap behind
26. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing 1 lap behind
DNS. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing did not start
DNS. Steve Owen Holden VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport did not start

[Images via Team Vodafone]

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