Jamie Whincup wins 10th race of the year at Sandown and closes on V8 Supercars title
|Sunday, November 20th 2011, 08:06 GMT|
Jamie Whincup edged closer to the 2011 V8 Supercars title by winning his 10th race of the season at Sandown.
After yesterday's slump to 13th in very wet conditions, Triple Eight Holden driver Whincup was in total control in the dry.
Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom put him under pressure in the first half of the race, but Whincup was later able to edge clear and win by two seconds.
Both of FPR's main cars made it onto the podium as Will Davison made the most of pitting later than those around him to progress to third place. He held off Whincup's title rival Craig Lowndes - who will go to next month's Sydney finale 188 points behind his team-mate - and the charging Garth Tander, who came through from 16th on the grid.
Shane van Gisbergen (Stone Brothers Ford) recovered from a mistake and an additional pitstop to take sixth, followed by Tim Slade (Rosenberg/FPR), Lee Holdsworth (Garry Rogers Holden) and race one winner Rick Kelly's Kelly Holden.
Results - 65 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden 1h22m18.5569s 2. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 1.9766s 3. Will Davison FPR Ford + 2.8776s 4. Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Holden + 3.4395s 5. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 3.9046s 6. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford + 12.6062s 7. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford + 13.1982s 8. Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Holden + 14.0042s 9. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden + 14.8800s 10. Steve Owen Paul Morris Holden + 17.4648s 11. James Courtney HRT Holden + 19.2863s 12. Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Holden + 20.5706s 13. David Reynolds Kelly Holden + 24.1567s 14. Jason Bargwanna Brad Jones Holden + 27.1829s 15. Alex Davison Stone Brothers Ford + 27.5236s 16. Jonathon Webb Tekno Ford + 32.4711s 17. Karl Reindler Britek Holden + 32.8997s 18. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford + 33.1716s 19. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford + 38.7010s 20. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden + 38.8050s 21. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden + 45.6521s 22. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden + 58.0231s 23. Russell Ingall Paul Morris Holden + 1m00.0583s 24. Warren Luff Dumbrell Holden + 1 lap 25. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford + 2 laps 26. Andrew Jones Brad Jones Holden + 5 laps Retirements: Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford 49 laps Paul Dumbrell Rod Nash/FPR Ford 26 laps