Jamie Whincup has reclaimed the Drivers' Championship with his first win of the 2013 V8 Supercars season

After a rough race 6, Jamie Whincup in the Red Bull Racing Holden has finally broken the drought to win his first race of the 2013 season and Pukekohe Park Raceway this afternoon.

The race was made all the more interesting right at the end with Ford’s Mark Winterbottom’s risky push for the lead which led to Winterbottom nudging the RBR V8 on the last lap.  Unfortunately for Winterbottom, the risk didn’t pay off as hoped and Whincup walked away with the top podium.

"Clearly Mark was very quick, but he had a big lunge – a silly lunge on the last lap," Whincup said of the collision.

"Hopefully the stewards don’t penalise him and they leave it up to us to sort out on the track.

"We all race hard and we should be able to go through a corner two-wide – no problems at all. But he was all locked up and out of control and took me out."

Winterbottom tried to focus on the positives.

“We had better race pace in the end. We ran him (Whincup) down and our pace was good but we haven’t got trophies to show for it,” he ruefully explained after the race.

“We have to try and put it to use tomorrow. The car was fast and we were unlucky in some spots and aggressive in others.

“I’m reasonably happy with the day but it didn’t come off as it should have.”

Winterbottom’s teammate, Will Davison was Ford Performance Racing’s man on the podium in second, with Garth Tander in third.  Fabian Coulthard’s podium opportunity was snatched away after copping a 10-second penalty for jumping the start.

It was a shame for Coulthard, who had qualified on pole in front of a home crowd.

Jason Bright came in fourth, followed by Bottle-O’s David Reynolds, Shane Van Gisbergen and Nissan’s Rick Kelly.

There were two safety car appearances with a particularly scrappy restart the first time (due to Tim Slade’s stop on lap 14) leading to a second one (this time caused by James Courtney).


2013 V8 Supercars ITM 400 Auckland – Race 2 Final Classification (35 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Jamie Whincup Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering 42:32.8445
2. Will Davison Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 1.3500
3. Garth Tander Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR + 2.1626
4. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing + 3.3373
5. David Reynolds Ford Bottle-O Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 3.6342
6. Shane van Gisbergen Holden VIP Petfoods / Tekno Autosports + 5.1938
7. Rick Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 6.8299
8. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 7.3011
9. James Moffat Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 8.1853
10. Fabian Coulthard* Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 10.6720
11. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports + 11.1319
12. Michael Caruso Nissan Norton 360 Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 13.0272
13. Mark Winterbottom Ford Pepsi Max Crew / Ford Performance Racing + 13.8391
14. Russell Ingall Holden SuperCheap Auto Racing / TWR + 14.3882
15. Alex Davison Ford Jeld-Wen Racing / Ford Performance Racing + 14.5411
16. Craig Lowndes Holden Red Bull Racing AU / Triple 8 Engineering + 15.4807
17. David Wall Holden Wilson Security Racing / Brad Jones Racing + 15.6600
18. Todd Kelly Nissan Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Motorsport + 16.6970
19. Dean Fiore Holden Dodo Insurance / Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 18.6550
20. Tony D’Alberto Holden HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 18.8730
21. Maro Engel AMG SP Tools Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 19.3174
22. Jonny Reid Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 19.4711
23. Tim Blanchard Ford Wilson Security Racing / Dick Johnson Racing + 19.7686
24. Scott McLaughlin Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 24.2791
25. Lee Holdsworth AMG IRWIN Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 27.3767
26. Tim Slade AMG Heavy Haulage Racing / Erebus Motorsport + 7 laps
Not Classified    
DNF. James Courtney Holden Holden Racing Team / TWR 18 laps

* Denotes 10-second time penalty incurred for a jumped start

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