Jamie Whincup has secured back-to-back victories in today’s two races at the Tyrepower Tasmania 400 at Symmons Plains, although his performance did not come without some controversy after he elbowed teammate Craig Lowndes aside to win the opening 100-kilometre race.

Despite being shuffled down to eighth in the opening race, Lowndes put in a superb drive in Race 2 to finish fifth from the back of the grid, ensuring he maintains his lead in the Drivers’ Championship standings.


The opening race saw Lowndes jump pole-winning Whincup at the start to lead the chasing pack into Turn 1, and the two ran in formation for the first half of the race.

Their run was halted by a Safety Car interruption, which came courtesy of a double-DNF for the Kelly brothers. Ricky Kelly suffered a spectacular brake failure, and while the field was being slowed so his Nissan could be extricated from the gravel trap, his brother Todd also retired.

When racing resumed, Whincup attempted to take the lead from his teammate and dived down the inside of Lowndes. The pair made contact, and the unfortunate Lowndes was bundled off track while Whincup continued, escaping without sanction from the race officials.

The reigning champion took an assured win from James Courtney and Mark Winterbottom, with series veteran Russell Ingall finishing fourth ahead of Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo.


2014 V8 Supercars Tyrepower Tasmania 400 – Race 1 Results (42 laps):

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden 39:48.263
2. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 0.900
3. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 1.354
4. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 5.124
5. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 5.313
6. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 5.795
7. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 6.356
8. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 8.749
9. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 8.891
10. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 9.264
11. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 9.813
12. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 12.493
13. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 14.125
14. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 15.326
15. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 15.488
16. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 17.619
17. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 17.862
18. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 19.176
19. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 19.772
20. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 20.020
21. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 20.882
22. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 35.989
23. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 1 lap
Not Classified
DNF. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan 19 laps
DNF. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan 18 laps

Whincup claimed back-to-back wins in Race 2, managing to withstand intense pressure from Winterbottom, whose Ford shadowed Whincup’s Red Bull Racing Holden across the line just half a second behind.

Last year’s Tasmania winner Fabian Coulthard was third, with a hard-charging Scott McLaughlin finishing fourth in his Volvo S60.

Undoubtedly the performance of the race came from Craig Lowndes, who overtook 20 cars after starting from the back of the grid for a technical infringement in qualifying. He crossed the line just 0.2 seconds behind McLaughlin.

The race saw a late Safety Car interruption after Rick Kelly was taken out by Chaz Mostert’s Ford, which saw the latter issued with a drive-through penalty for his troubles.

There was an early-race incident which triggered the first full-course caution after Will Davison slid into the gravel trap. The incident also caught out James Courtney and Robert Dahlgren, who lost ground and finished eleventh and eighteenth respectively.


2014 V8 Supercars Tyrepower Tasmania 400 – Race 2 Results (42 laps):

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden 42:46.343
2. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 0.487
3. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 2.233
4. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 3.715
5. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 3.919
6. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 4.388
7. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 7.188
8. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 7.389
9. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 8.150
10. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 8.399
11. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 8.823
12. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 9.821
13. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 10.471
14. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 10.913
15. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 11.354
16. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 12.114
17. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 12.597
18. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 12.718
19. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 31.814
20. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 1 lap
21. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1 lap
22. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1 lap
23. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 2 laps
24. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 2 laps
Not Classified
DNF. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden 8 laps

Image via V8 Supercars Championship Media

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