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||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||12||27:05.295|
|2.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||12||+ 4.100|
|3.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||12||+ 9.211|
|4.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||12||+ 10.634|
|5.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||12||+ 13.627|
|6.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||12||+ 14.898|
|7.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||12||+ 15.827|
|8.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||12||+ 17.851|
|9.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||12||+ 20.255|
|10.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||12||+ 24.118|
|11.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||12||+ 24.339|
|12.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||12||+ 26.390|
|13.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||12||+ 26.441|
|14.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||12||+ 26.708|
|15.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||12||+ 30.000|
|16.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||12||+ 32.897|
|17.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||12||+ 36.504|
|18.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||12||+ 39.070|
|19.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||12||+ 41.733|
|20.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||12||+ 42.724|
|21.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||12||+ 43.193|
|22.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||12||+ 45.981|
|23.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||12||+ 49.079|
|24.||Tim Blanchard||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||12||+ 50.487|
|25.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||12||+ 52.065|
|26.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||12||+ 52.683|
|DNF.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||9||9 laps|
|DNF.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||1||1 lap|
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