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Whincup wins Barbagallo race one

Team Vodafone's Jamie Whincup drove a perfect race to take a comfortable victory in race one of the Bigpond 300 at Barbagallo.

Using the sprint tyres at the start of the race, Whincup took the lead from team-mate Craig Lowndes at the start. He then made the most of his tyre strategy, stopping just before half-distance and ending up comfortably clear of the field in the closing laps.

Second was Todd Kelly, who used a similar strategy to Whincup after running fourth early on. However, for most of the second half of the race it looked like Bundaberg Red's David Reynolds would take second place.

Reynolds had stayed on the sprint tyre at his pitstop, and resumed in a clear second place. But with seven laps remaining his front left tyre went flat, ending his podium hopes. He eventually finished 28th, two laps down, after limping back to the pits.

Third and fourth were Mark Winterbottom and James Courtney, who switched to the sprint tyre at their pitstops around half-distance and used them to good effect, having run either just in or outside the top ten in the early laps.

Will Davison was fifth for the Holden Racing Team, having chosen to run less distance on the sprint tyres than those ahead, with Craig Lowndes and Rick Kelly next after running just a handful of laps at the start of the race on the softer tyres.

Greg Murphy was another driver to make good use of the sprint tyres to finish eighth after starting 22nd, with Russell Ingall and Steven Johnson completing the top ten.

Pos  Driver                Make                  Time
 1.  Jamie Whincup         Ford Falcon FG        41m33.5350s 
 2.  Todd Kelly            Holden Commodore VE   +  12.0729s 
 3.  Mark Winterbottom     Ford Falcon FG        +  12.7278s 
 4.  James Courtney        Ford Falcon FG        +  19.5339s 
 5.  Will Davison          Holden Commodore VE   +  27.2836s 
 6.  Craig Lowndes         Ford Falcon FG        +  33.5556s 
 7.  Rick Kelly            Holden Commodore VE   +  38.5799s
 8.  Greg Murphy           Holden Commodore VE   +  41.1059s 
 9.  Russell Ingall        Holden Commodore VE   +  42.0545s 
10.  Steven Johnson        Ford Falcon FG        +  47.9816s 
11.  Garth Tander          Holden Commodore VE   +  49.0452s 
12.  Lee Holdsworth        Holden Commodore VE   +  50.5409s 
13.  Fabian Coulthard      Ford Falcon FG        +  56.1331s 
14.  Michael Caruso        Holden Commodore VE   +   1 lap 
15.  Shane Van Gisbergen   Ford Falcon FG        +   1 lap 
16.  Paul Dumbrell         Holden Commodore VE   +   1 lap 
17.  Alex Davison          Ford Falcon FG        +   1 lap 
18.  Jason Bargwanna       Holden Commodore VE   +   1 lap 
19.  Tim Slade             Holden Commodore VE   +   1 lap 
20.  Jason Richards        Holden Commodore VE   +   1 lap 
21.  Michael Patrizi       Ford Falcon BF        +   1 lap 
22.  Tony D'Alberto        Holden Commodore VE   +   1 lap 
23.  Steven Richards       Ford Falcon FG        +   1 lap 
24.  Jason Bright          Ford Falcon FG        +   1 lap 
25.  Cameron McConville    Holden Commodore VE   +   1 lap 
26.  Jack Perkins          Holden Commodore VE   +   1 lap 
27.  Mark McNally          Holden Commodore VE   +   1 lap 
28.  David Reynolds        Holden Commodore VE   +   2 laps

Not classified/retirements:
     Driver                Make                  Laps
     Dean Fiore            Holden Commodore VE    36
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