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Hidden Valley V8 Supercars: Jamie Whincup leaves mayhem behind

Jamie Whincup wins Hidden Valley V8 raceJamie Whincup stretched his V8 Supercars championship lead even further by winning race one at Hidden Valley as his rivals self-distructed.

Whincup had started part one of the 60/60 format race alongside polesitter David Reynolds on the front row.

The champion's Triple 8 Holden blasted ahead of Rod Nash/Ford Performance Racing driver Reynolds off the line, but then slid wide at the Turn 6 hairpin.

Reynolds slipped through and led to the finish of the first half.

But his day went dramatically downhill in part two.

Whincup went around the outside of Reynolds through Turn 1 and managed to squeeze into the lead through the following kinks.

Just behind them, Craig Lowndes locked up and slid into Garth Tander, shoving him into Will Davison and spinning the FPR car.

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Most of the field got caught out in the ensuing mess, which prompted a safety car to retrieve Tim Blanchard's stranded Ford.

Davison ultimately had to retire, while Tander and Lowndes limped home 13th and 26th in mangled cars.

Reynolds lost touch with Whincup at the restart and then had to focus on fending off FPR stablemate Mark Winterbottom.

With five laps to go, Winterbottom looked down the inside at the hairpin but locked his rear brakes and slewed into Reynolds, sending him spinning.

Race control gave Winterbottom a drive-through penalty, dropping him to an eventual 22nd place, eight positions behind Reynolds.

Tekno driver Shane van Gisbergen cruised past both Fords as they tangled then charged off after Whincup, getting the gap down to 0.3 seconds by the flag.

James Courtney and Jonathon Webb came through to third and fourth.

The mayhem allowed Nissan's Rick Kelly and Mercedes driver Tim Slade to rise to breakthrough fifth and sixth places - Slade coming through from 23rd at the break having been punted into a spin in the first half.

Recent Dick Johnson recruit Chaz Mostert also starred with seventh.

Jason Bright was eighth after getting caught in the hairpin incident.

Results - 42 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team/Car                        Time/Gap
 1.  Jamie Whincup        Triple 8 Holden            1h18m55.3670s
 2.  Shane van Gisbergen  Tekno Holden                   + 0.3431s
 3.  James Courtney       HRT Holden                     + 3.6841s
 4.  Jonathon Webb        Tekno Holden                   + 4.9928s
 5.  Rick Kelly           Nissan                         + 8.1464s
 6.  Tim Slade            Rosenberg/Erebus Mercedes      + 8.9886s
 7.  Chaz Mostert         Dick Johnson Ford             + 10.5121s
 8.  Jason Bright         Brad Jones Holden             + 12.8562s
 9.  Tony D'Alberto       D'Alberto Holden              + 13.1327s
10.  Michael Caruso       Nissan                        + 13.4933s
11.  Scott McLaughlin     GRM Holden                    + 13.7379s
12.  Fabian Coulthard     Brad Jones Holden             + 14.6831s
13.  Garth Tander         HRT Holden                    + 19.0470s
14.  David Reynolds       Rod Nash/FPR Ford             + 19.9441s
15.  James Moffat         Nissan                        + 20.4479s
16.  Maro Engel           Erebus Mercedes               + 21.4030s
17.  Todd Kelly           Nissan                        + 21.7734s
18.  Lee Holdsworth       Erebus Mercedes               + 24.7935s
19.  David Wall           Britek/BJR Holden             + 25.0957s
20.  Alex Davison         Schwerkolt/FPR Ford           + 26.4941s
21.  Alexandre Premat     GRM Holden                    + 28.2079s
22.  Mark Winterbottom    FPR Ford                      + 35.1225s
23.  Russell Ingall       Walkinshaw/HRT Holden         + 37.2023s
24.  Dean Fiore           Dumbrell Holden               + 38.9614s
25.  Scott Pye            Dumbrell Holden               + 39.8042s
26.  Craig Lowndes        Triple 8 Holden               + 42.6020s


     Will Davison         FPR Ford                         29 laps
     Tim Blanchard        Dick Johnson Ford                21 laps
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