Jamie Whincup is officially Australia’s greatest touring car driver after claiming a record-breaking sixth V8 Supercars Championship crown with a dominating drive to victory in today’s second Sprint Race at Phillip Island.
The Red Bull Racing driver led another team 1-2 ahead of teammate Craig Lowndes, crossing the finish line 3.5 seconds ahead of his veteran stablemate. The pair overcame a fast-starting Mark Winterbottom, who shot into the lead and held it for the first couple of laps.
The Holdens kept up the pressure on the Ford driver, and Winterbottom eventually succumbed with a small mistake that allowed Whincup through; Lowndes followed suit a few laps later to leave ‘Frosty’ to complete the podium and console himself with another championship challenge that went begging.
Garth Tander claimed back-to-back fourth-placed finishes in his HRT Holden, while Todd Kelly atoned for an appalling season by finishing a season’s best fifth in his Nissan Altima.
It was a close run affair, with Kelly heading Race 33 winner Scott McLaughlin and two other Nissans of Michael Caruso and Rick Kelly in a tense battle. Bathurst winner Chaz Mostert and Holden rookie Nick Percat rounded out the top ten.
The Phillip Island 400 concludes with its 200-kilometre Feature Race, preceded by its own 20-minute qualifying session.
2014 V8 Supercars Phillip Island 400 – Race 34 Results (23 laps):
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||35:54.151|
|2.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 3.594|
|3.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 6.375|
|4.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 7.399|
|5.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 13.130|
|6.||Scott McLaughlin||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 13.572|
|7.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 13.911|
|8.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 14.621|
|9.||Chaz Mostert||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 15.247|
|10.||Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF||+ 18.558|
|11.||James Moffat||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 19.088|
|12.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG||+ 21.888|
|13.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 22.847|
|14.||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 24.775|
|15.||Scott Pye||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 27.031|
|16.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 27.419|
|17.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF||+ 31.779|
|18.||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF||+ 33.811|
|19.||Russell Ingall||Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF||+ 34.074|
|20.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 34.477|
|21.||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 35.976|
|22.||Dale Wood||Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF||+ 40.540|
|23.||Robert Dahlgren||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 43.148|
|24.||Jack Perkins||Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG||+ 46.244|
|25.||Tim Slade||SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF||– 5 laps|
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