Jamie Whincup has taken his fourth win of the 2018 season after heading a Red Bull one-two in Sunday’s 200km race at The Bend.
Whincup’s win moves Triple Eight’s win tally to 181, making them the most successful team in Australian touring car history by moving past Walkinshaw Andretti United’s record.
After a disappointing fourth in Saturday’s race following an ill-timed safety car, the defending series champion dominated proceedings on Sunday, taking pole and the win from his team-mate.
Shane Van Gisbergen’s podium finish gave the 2016 champion the series lead after Scott McLaughlin struggled throughout the weekend’s races.
For the second day running, Whincup took pole for the afternoon’s race ahead of Shane Van Gisbergen, the pair again locking out the front row. Local boys Tim Slade and Scott Pye filled up row two on the grid while Michael Caruso and Craig Lowndes started behind them. Championship leader Scott McLaughlin’s woes at The Bend continued, only getting as high as tenth on the grid.
In a repeat of Saturday’s start, Whincup got the better jump off the line, streaking ahead to retain the lead into turn one. Van Gisbergen struggled in the opening tour, being lucky not to drop down further than third after being overtaken by Slade on the run to turn one while Lowndes made a rocket start off the line, moving himself up to fourth after challenging for second.
James Courtney became the first of the front runners to pit on lap three, McLaughlin came in next and filtered behind the Walkinshaw driver after he made up three spots in the opeding laps. Van Gisbergen followed suit on the next tour, emerging ahead of his title rival.
Whincup pitted from the race lead on lap 11 after completing multiple laps in clear air, coming out ahead of the short-filled Caruso who was in front of Van Gisbergen and Pye. Caruso lost the two spots after a moment at the final turn, being lucky not to spin his Nissan Altima.
Caruso and Courtney came in for the second time on the critical lap to make it home, lap 16. Next up, Pye, Lowndes and McLaughlin came in for fuel and tyres, the first pair coming out in front of Caruso while McLaughlin emerged from the stop ahead of Courtney.
Van Gisbergen’s stop came on lap 21, the #97 nearly bogging down out of the pit box but he emerged in front of Pye. Team-mate Whincup pitted for his final load of fuel on lap 24, David Reynolds and Slade following him in. While Van Gisbergen beat them out of the lane for effective second, Slade and Reynolds had fresher tyres for the end.
The South Australian pair of Pye and Nick Percat engaged in a fierce battle for effective fifth position with the Brad Jones Racing driver coming out on top. Reynolds started to reel in Slade in the closing laps, ranging up on the BJR driver for the final podium spot after starting in 12th for Erebus. He was able to get the pass done, making it a gain of nine places throughout the race.
Winding back the years, Whincup came home with a large gap back to the next car, taking 150 points for his effort. Van Gisbergen finished second while Reynolds’ fight back from 12th on the grid earned him the final spot on the podium. Slade hung on for fourth ahead of team-mate and fellow South Australian Nick Percat.
Pye, Will Davison, Lowndes, Caruso and McLaughlin completed the top ten, the latter relegating the championship lead after two sub-par results over the weekend.
|2018 Australian Supercars OTR SuperSprint – Race 23 Final Classification (41 laps)|
|Pos||Driver||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||1:17:54.386|
|2.||Shane van Gisbergen||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||+ 11.289|
|3.||David Reynolds||Erebus Penrite Racing||+ 13.457|
|4.||Tim Slade||Freightliner Racing||+ 20.544|
|5.||Nick Percat||X Convenience / Mobil Racing||+ 22.064|
|6.||Scott Pye||Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing||+ 24.688|
|7.||Will Davison||Milwaukee Racing||+ 26.372|
|8.||Craig Lowndes||Autobarn Lowndes Racing||+ 30.594|
|9.||Michael Caruso||Industrial Athlete Racing||+ 32.414|
|10.||Scott McLaughlin||Shell V-Power Racing Team||+ 34.966|
|11.||Anton de Pasquale||Erebus Motorsport||+ 43.585|
|12.||Chaz Mostert||Supercheap Auto Racing Team||+ 44.419|
|13.||James Courtney||Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing||+ 47.099|
|14.||Fabian Coulthard||Shell V-Power Racing Team||+ 47.378|
|15.||Cameron Waters||Monster Energy Racing||+ 47.784|
|16.||Mark Winterbottom||The Bottle-O Racing Team||+ 49.080|
|17.||Rick Kelly||Castrol Racing||+ 53.534|
|18.||Jack Le Brocq||TEKNO Autosport||+ 1:09.267|
|19.||Macauley Jones*||DrillPro Racing||+ 1:13.297|
|20.||Garth Tander||Wilson Security Racing GRM||+ 1:13.881|
|21.||Tim Blanchard||Team CoolDrive||+ 1:22.058|
|22.||Richie Stanaway||Rabble Club Racing||+ 1:36.088|
|23.||Simona de Silvestro||Team Harvey Norman||+ 1:45.007|
|24.||James Golding||Wilson Security Racing GRM||+ 1:45.587|
|25.||Todd Hazelwood||Bigmate Racing||1 lap behind|
|Not Classified||Team / Entry||Reason|
|DNF.||Lee Holdsworth||Preston Hire Racing||Driveshaft|
|DNF.||Andre Heimgartner||Plus Fitness Racing||Collision|
|DNF.||Kurt Kostecki*||Acroplate Racing||Collision|
* Denotes wildcard entrant
- Tickford Racing was deducted 50 Teams’ Championship points for failing to install an SD card in the judicial camera of the #56 entry (Richie Stanaway)
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