Mark Winterbottom won the final race at the ITM400, narrowly edging out Jamie Whincup

Mark Winterbottom has finally broken through to claim his first championship race win of the season, fending off a fast-closing Jamie Whincup to claim victory at the V8 Supercars’ last-ever outing on the streets of Hamilton.

Winterbottom managed to convert his front-row start into a first corner lead ahead of Ford Performance Racing team-mate and pole-sitter Will Davison. The pair held a solid 1-2 for much of the race, until Davison was eventually overtaken by Whincup at just over half-distance.

Whincup had himself faced a stern test in today’s 59-lap race. He’d started a lucky third after a crash in qualifying, and made a poor getaway off the line in his hastily-repaired TeamVodafone Commodore.

With Davison out of the way, he reeled off a succession of quick laps to bridge the gap to Winterbottom, giving fans a spectacular finish as the pair duelled for the win.

Ultimately it was Winterbottom who prevailed to claim his first maximum points’ score, with ‘Frosty’ having shown front-running pace since the start of the season.

Davison settled for third place and maintains his championship lead over Whincup, while behind him, the top-ten was completed by Craig Lowndes, Fabian Coulthard, Lee Holdsworth, David Reynolds, Tony D’Alberto, Todd Kelly and Shane van Gisbergen.

Given the disastrous news that has seemingly afflicted Australian motorsport coverage this weekend, it was ironic that the V8 Supercars telecast had its own dramas, with a technical failure stopping live transmission in those crucial last two laps, much to the fury of the series’ many fans.

The series now heads to Western Australia to compete in the three-race Trading Post Challenge at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway.

2012 V8 Supercars ITM400 Hamilton – Race 2 Result (59 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Laps Result
1. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing 59 59 laps
2. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 59 + 0.7247
3. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing 59 + 13.9516
4. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 59 + 23.2582
5. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing 59 + 24.3533
6. Lee Holdsworth Ford Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 59 + 26.9937
7. David Reynolds Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash 59 + 37.4299
8. Tony D’Alberto Ford HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing 59 + 42.1515
9. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 59 + 46.1106
10. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing 59 + 50.7248
11. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 59 + 51.6136
12. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 59 + 53.3337
13. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports 59 + 53.4270
14. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing 59 + 59.1139
15. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 59 + 59.3717
16. Dean Fiore Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 59 + 59.5274
17. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing 59 + 59.6991
18. James Moffat Ford Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing 59 + 1:11.1624
19. Taz Douglas Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 59 + 1:16.5855
20. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing 59 + 1:20.7575
21. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 59 + 1:27.2093
22. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 59 + 1:32.8326
23. David Wall Holden Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing 58 + 1 lap
24. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 58 + 1 lap
25. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 51 + 8 laps
26. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 47 + 12 laps
  NOT CLASSIFIED        
DNF. Michael Patrizi Holden Tekno Autosports 48 Damage
DNF. Steve Owen Ford VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing 13 Accident




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