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Austin V8 Supercars: Jamie Whincup takes another win in race two

Jamie Whincup wins Austin V8 Supercars raceJamie Whincup reeled off another V8 Supercars victory in race two at Austin, as he and Craig Lowndes took Triple 8's second one-two of the day.

Whincup and Lowndes controlled the race throughout, running side by side through the opening sweeps before the champion moved clearly ahead.

After Lowndes gained on Whincup by running longer to his pitstop in race one, the strategies swapped in race two as Whincup stayed out longest of the frontrunners.

But Lowndes again came out best, as what had been a 3.8-second deficit to Whincup vanished once the pitstops were complete.

Lowndes did not manage to mount a serious challenge on Whincup, though, coming home a second adrift of the winner.

Fabian Coulthard's early pitstop allowed him to hassle Lowndes for a spell, before the Brad Jones Holden driver slipped back into a fierce battle with Tekno duo Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb.

The latter had run third in the first stint before losing ground in the pits, but he got back into fourth when van Gisbergen slid wide in one of many assertive bids to pass Coulthard.

Rick Kelly's Nissan was sixth and on course to beat all the Fords until the final lap, when the car slowed and Mark Winterbottom and Scott McLaughlin came past. Kelly crossed the line eighth, with Will Davison resisting James Moffat and David Reynolds for ninth.

Results - 27 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team/Car                      Time/Gap
 1.  Jamie Whincup        Triple 8 Holden            43m16.6491s
 2.  Craig Lowndes        Triple 8 Holden              + 1.0981s
 3.  Fabian Coulthard     Brad Jones Holden           + 10.6924s
 4.  Jonathon Webb        Tekno Holden                + 10.8520s
 5.  Shane van Gisbergen  Tekno Holden                + 11.1946s
 6.  Mark Winterbottom    FPR Ford                    + 14.9792s
 7.  Scott McLaughlin     GRM Holden                  + 16.5465s
 8.  Rick Kelly           Nissan                      + 17.0775s
 9.  Will Davison         FPR Ford                    + 20.6301s
10.  James Moffat         Nissan                      + 20.8736s
11.  David Reynolds       Rod Nash/FPR Ford           + 21.6482s
12.  Alexandre Premat     GRM Holden                  + 23.6236s
13.  Garth Tander         HRT Holden                  + 27.2180s
14.  James Courtney       HRT Holden                  + 32.4208s
15.  Michael Caruso       Nissan                      + 32.5614s
16.  Todd Kelly           Nissan                      + 34.2161s
17.  Alex Davison         Schwerkolt/FPR Ford         + 36.1665s
18.  Russell Ingall       Walkinshaw/HRT Holden       + 42.0407s
19.  Chaz Mostert         Dick Johnson Ford           + 42.3644s
20.  Lee Holdsworth       Erebus Mercedes             + 42.6633s
21.  Jason Bright         Brad Jones Holden           + 44.6860s
22.  Scott Pye            Dumbrell Holden             + 46.3050s
23.  Dean Fiore           Dumbrell Holden             + 51.8150s
24.  Tim Blanchard        Dick Johnson Ford           + 53.0576s
25.  Tony D'Alberto       D'Alberto Holden            + 59.4383s
26.  Tim Slade            Rosenberg/Erebus Mercedes     + 3 laps

Retirements:

     Maro Engel           Erebus Mercedes                 3 laps
     David Wall           Britek/BJR Holden               0 laps
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