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Whincup wins comfortably in race two

Team Vodafone's Jamie Whincup went back-to-back as he took a comfortable win in race two of the ITM 400 on the streets of Hamilton in New Zealand.

Whincup took the lead on lap ten and was never headed from that point on, winning by six seconds after easing up in the closing laps. Second was Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander, who was Whincup's closest challenger, but was lucky to escape a big moment leaping across the kerbs at the chicane in the middle of the race.

Third and fourth were the two Garry Rogers cars of Michael Caruso and Lee Holdsworth, Caruso pushing Tander in the early laps of the race before falling away as the race went on, while Holdsworth gained places when his crew did a great job during an early safety car when everyone dived to the pits for fuel and tyres.

In fifth place was Jim Beam Racing's Steven Johnson at the chequered flag, but along with Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards in 14th and 15th, they were all excluded for having their rear brake rotors fitted on the wrong side of the car.

So fifth place was taken by the second HRT car of Will Davison. Rick Kelly was next in sixth, ahead of Shane van Gisbergen, Todd Kelly, Jason Bargwanna with Jonathon Webb completing the top ten.

Johnson's team-mate James Courtney had dramas of his own, given a mechanical black flag for rear suspension dragging along the track, with fluid also dripping from the car when he came into the pits. He eventually resumed, finishing in 21st place.

Another frontrunner to have an issue was the race winner's team-mate, Craig Lowndes, who was forced to pit mid-race with brake issues. Like Courtney, Lowndes rejoined the race but similarly was well down the order, finishing 19th.

Pos  Driver                Make                  Time
 1.  Jamie Whincup         Holden Commodore VE   1h27m53.1931s
 2.  Garth Tander          Holden Commodore VE   +     6.2316s  
 3.  Michael Caruso        Holden Commodore VE   +    19.5920s 
 4.  Lee Holdsworth        Holden Commodore VE   +    22.8814s 
 5.  Will Davison          Holden Commodore VE   +    32.1142s 
 6.  Rick Kelly            Holden Commodore VE   +    39.9997s 
 7.  Shane Van Gisbergen   Ford Falcon FG        +    47.3204s 
 8.  Todd Kelly            Holden Commodore VE   +    48.0254s 
 9.  Jason Bargwanna       Holden Commodore VE   +    49.7332s 
10.  Jonathon Webb         Ford Falcon FG        +    50.0261s 
11.  Jason Richards        Holden Commodore VE   +    52.9018s 
12.  Russell Ingall        Holden Commodore VE   +    54.7400s 
13.  Jason Bright          Holden Commodore VE   +  1m11.0543s 
14.  Dean Fiore            Ford Falcon FG        +  1m12.3578s 
15.  Greg Murphy           Holden Commodore VE   +  1m14.7796s 
16.  Tim Slade             Ford Falcon FG        +      1 lap 
17.  Daniel Gaunt          Holden Commodore VE   +      1 lap 
18.  Karl Reindler         Holden Commodore VE   +      2 laps
19.  Craig Lowndes         Holden Commodore VE   +      4 laps
20.  Paul Dumbrell         Ford Falcon FG        +      7 laps
21.  James Courtney        Ford Falcon FG        +     11 laps

Not classified/retirements:

     Driver                Make                  Laps
     Fabian Coulthard      Holden Commodore VE    39  
     Alex Davison          Ford Falcon FG         10  
     Tony D'Alberto        Holden Commodore VE     9  
     Tony Ricciardello     Holden Commodore VE     1 

Excluded:

     Driver                Make                  Laps
     Steven Johnson        Ford Falcon FG         59
     Mark Winterbottom     Ford Falcon FG         59
     Steven Richards       Ford Falcon FG         59
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