Whincup Wins in the Top End

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Jamie Whincup running in at Darwin. Photo: Helen Orr

Jamie Whincup running in at Darwin. Photo: Helen Orr

Red Bull Racing’s Jamie Whincup has extended his championship lead by winning race 17 of the V8 Supercars Championship at Hidden Valley Raceway.

Whincup steered clear in the action-packed race early on, grabbing first position in the second stint of the 60/60-format race, leading Shane van Gisbergen and James Courtney to the finish line.

Ford Performance Racing’s David Reynolds showed his pace in the top-ten shootout and the first stint of the race, grabbing pole position. Unfortunately within the dying stages of the race, Winterbottom made contact with Reynolds going into the hairpin.

Reynolds finished in 14th, with Winterbottom awarded a drive-thru penalty causing the teammates to not finish on the podium for FPR.

Rick Kelly produced the best-ever result for the Nissan Altima, finishing in fifth position, as well as Tim Slade who brought home the Erebus Mercedes AMG in sixth.

Newcomer to the category Chaz Mostert placed his personal best, finishing in seventh place for Dick Johnson Racing.

A further two 35-lap races will be held tomorrow to complete the Skycity Triple Crown event in Darwin.

Pos No. Team Driver Car
1    1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF
2   97 TEKNO Team VIP Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF
3   22 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF
4   19 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VF
5   15 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima
6   47 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Tim Slade Mercedes E63 AMG
7   12 Wilson Security Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG
8    8 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF
9    3 Team HIFLEX Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VF
10   36 Norton 360 Racing Michael Caruso Nissan Altima
11   33 Fujitsu Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Holden Commodore VF
12   14 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF
13    2 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF
14   55 The Bottle-O FPR Ford David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG
15  360 Norton 360 Racing James Moffat Nissan Altima
16    9 SP Tools Racing Maro Engel Mercedes E63 AMG
17    7 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima
18    4 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG
19   21 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VF
20   18 Jeld-wen FPR Ford Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG
21   34 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VF
22    5 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG
23   66 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF
24   88 Dodo Insurance Racing Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VF
25   80 ekol Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore VF
26  888 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF
DNF    6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG
DNF   17 Wilson Security Racing Tim Blanchard Ford Falcon FG
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V8 Supercars in America for Austin 400

Australian V8 Supercars

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The Australian V8 Supercar series hit America for the first time ever over the weekend, racing at the internationally re-known circuit in Austin Texas.

Red Bull Racing’s Jamie Whincup dominated over the two days racing, taking three out of the four race victories; with Brad Jones Racing’s Fabian Coulthard taking out the win in the third race.

The three-day event attracted over 68,000 spectators and used the infamous four-race layout, with two qualifying sessions for each day of racing and a one-hour break between the two 100km races on the Saturday and Sunday.

The first qualifying session for race 13 in the championship saw Fabian Coulthard take pole, with Jamie Whincup starting from first for race 14.

The first race at the Austin circuit was a testament to the circuit’s special features, with long and steep straights and sweeping corners, the track’s design made it difficult to overtake during the racing. Whincup although gained the lead early, taking the jump at the start from pole-sitter Coulthard. Craig Lowndes then made a pass on Coulthard on lap 7 to take second place.

The first race saw Whincup and Lowndes make it 1-2 for Red Bull, with Fabian Coulthard rounding out the top three on the podium.

After a win in the first race at Austin, Jamie Whincup started from pole position alongside his Red Bull teammate Lowndes. The pair drove away from the rest of the field, with Fabian Coulthard guarding his third position to Tekno Autosport’s pair Jonathon Webb and Shane van Gisbergen.

After securing two races wins the day prior, Whincup once again topped the charts in qualifying to take pole position for both Sunday races.

Race 15 of the championship saw Jamie Whincup fall back at the start, as he struggled with the handling of his VF Holden Commodore. Mark Winterbottom then made a pass on Whincup for the lead, but lost a considerable amount of time during his pit stop. This then saw Coulthard take the race lead and eventually cross the chequered in first position.

The third race for the Austin round saw Fabian Coulthard break Red Bull Racing’s winning streak, with Lowndes in second and Whincup rounding out the top three.

Race 16 of the V8 Supercar calendar was the fourth and final race for the weekend. Whincup started from pole after qualifying first prior, getting a great jump on previous race winner Coulthard.

A racing incident occurred between Ford Performance Racing’s Will Davison and young-gun Scott McLaughlin, with Davison slamming the rear of McLaughlin’s Holden. Davison was out of the race, with the team at Gary Rogers Motorsport able to get McLaughlin back on the circuit.

The final race of the weekend at Austin Texas saw Whincup take the victory, alongside Fabian Coulthard. Shane van Gisbergen raced hard to finish in third, with Garth Tander from Holden Racing Team rounding out the top four.

This victory saw Whincup take his third win for the weekend and seventh race win for the season.

Jamie Whincup has now extended his championship lead by 142 points to his teammate Craig Lowndes. After not finishing the final race, Will Davison moved down to third in the championship.