Whincup claims the lead from Davison on the opening lap

Jamie Whincup has further extended his championship points lead in the V8 Supercars’ visit to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit – which act as the support category for this weekend’s Formula 1 Grand Prix – by winning today’s opening sprint race.

After starting from the front row of the grid, Whincup shadowed pole-sitter Will Davison through the opening half of the lap before he overtook the Ford driver at the end of the back straight to claim the lead of the race.

After being overtaken by Whincup, Davison’s next challenge was trying to fend off Shane van Gisbergen, who overtook the FPR driver at Turn 18, before the pair swapped places again on the third lap.

The battle between the pair gave Whincup all the room he needed to cruise to victory, leaving Davison with no choice but to follow him home in his wheeltracks, never able to close by more than a few tenths of a second per lap.

Van Gisbergen completed the podium, while Tim Slade, Lee Holdsworth and Mark Winterbottom made it five Fords in the top-six.

Winterbottom earned the place after an entertaining scrap with Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander, claiming seventh from the former when he outbraked himself, and then securing sixth by passing Tander.

The twelve-lap race – held in front of near-empty grandstands – saw two retirees. Former champion James Courtney suffered terminal suspension damage after getting caught up in an incident on the second lap.


2012 V8 Supercars Yas 400 – Race 1 Result (12 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Laps Result
1. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 12 27:05.295
2. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing 12 + 4.100
3. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing 12 + 9.211
4. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 12 + 10.634
5. Lee Holdsworth Ford Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 12 + 13.627
6. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing 12 + 14.898
7. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 12 + 15.827
8. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 12 + 17.851
9. James Moffat Ford Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing 12 + 20.255
10. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports 12 + 24.118
11. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing 12 + 24.339
12. Michael Patrizi Holden Tekno Autosports 12 + 26.390
13. David Reynolds Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash 12 + 26.441
14. Tony D’Alberto Ford HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing 12 + 26.708
15. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 12 + 30.000
16. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 12 + 32.897
17. Dean Fiore Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 12 + 36.504
18. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing 12 + 39.070
19. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 12 + 41.733
20. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 12 + 42.724
21. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing 12 + 43.193
22. David Wall Holden Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing 12 + 45.981
23. Steve Owen Ford VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing 12 + 49.079
24. Tim Blanchard Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 12 + 50.487
25. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing 12 + 52.065
26. Taz Douglas Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 12 + 52.683
Not Classified      
DNF. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 9 9 laps
DNF. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 1 1 lap

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