Jamie Whincup has moved one step closer to an almost-certain fourth V8 Supercars crown by completing a clean sweep of the series’ visit to Abu Dhabi.
After winning both of yesterday‘s sprint races, Whincup picked up from where he left off with another win in the third and final race of the championship round, held in baking conditions at the Yas Marina Circuit.
It was his eleventh race win of the season, but it didn’t come without a little bit of drama. Getting the better jump off the line from second place on the grid, he moved to cover pole-sitter Will Davison, only for the pair to make contact on the run towards Turn 1.
It was enough for Davison to lose momentum and be challenged by the chasing pack, while Whincup was able to build a quick lead. Davison would be overtaken by Tim Slade, and spent several laps stuck behind the youngster before he was able to get by and mount a fruitless challenge on Whincup’s lead.
The race was temporarily paused when Karl Reindler’s Kelly Racing Holden caught fire after he was hit by Dean Fiore. Reindler had been caught up in a separate accident caused by Jonathon Webb tipping Jason Bright into a spin, leaving the West Australian with nowhere to go when he came upon Bright’s sideways car.
Fiore could do nothing to avoid Reindler’s car, hitting it hard enough up the rear to break the Holden’s fuel cell and spark a fire, forcing a rapid evacuation by Reindler – who had only last year survived a huge startline fireball at Barbagallo Raceway, which left him with burned hands.
Disgracefully, the fire marshals took over a minute before a fire truck arrived on the scene. The incident proved enough to trigger a safety car while the mess was mopped up.
When racing resumed, Whincup again skipped away into an unchallenged lead, while it took until Lap 10 before Davison could find his way past Slade, using a late braking lunge at the final corner to claim second place.
Slade completed the podium positions, keeping Stone Brothers Racing team-mate Shane van Gisbergen at bay in the closing laps, while Mark Winterbottom managed to slip past an impressive James Moffat to finish fifth.
2012 V8 Supercars Yas 400 – Race 3 Result (12 laps):
|Driver||Entry / Team||Laps||Result|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||12||30:36.684|
|2.||Will Davison||Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing||12||+ 1.132|
|3.||Tim Slade||Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||12||+ 2.906|
|4.||Shane van Gisbergen||SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing||12||+ 3.581|
|5.||Mark Winterbottom||Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing||12||+ 6.902|
|6.||James Moffat||Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing||12||+ 11.151|
|7.||Garth Tander||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||12||+ 11.589|
|8.||Lee Holdsworth||Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing||12||+ 12.622|
|9.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||12||+ 13.559|
|10.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing||12||+ 14.326|
|11.||Craig Lowndes||Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing||12||+ 14.706|
|12.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash||12||+ 15.058|
|13.||James Courtney||TOLL / Holden Racing Team||12||+ 15.779|
|14.||Alexandre Prémat||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||12||+ 16.436|
|15.||Michael Caruso||Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport||12||+ 16.704|
|16.||Russell Ingall||Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing||12||+ 18.110|
|17.||Tony D’Alberto||HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing||12||+ 18.464|
|18.||Steven Johnson||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||12||+ 20.806|
|19.||Michael Patrizi||Tekno Autosports||12||+ 20.999|
|20.||Steve Owen||VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing||12||+ 21.892|
|21.||Jonathon Webb||Tekno Autosports||12||+ 25.020|
|22.||Tim Blanchard||Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing||12||+ 25.212|
|23.||Taz Douglas||Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport||12||+ 26.547|
|24.||David Wall||Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing||12||+ 27.553|
|DNF.||Greg Murphy||Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing||6||6 laps|
|DNF.||Dean Fiore||Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing||2||2 laps|
|DNF.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing||1||1 lap|
|DNF.||Karl Reindler||Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing||1||1 lap|
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