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Jamie Whincup wins 10th race of the year at Sandown and closes on V8 Supercars title

Jamie Whincup wins at SandownJamie 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


     Steven Johnson       Dick Johnson Ford          49 laps
     Paul Dumbrell        Rod Nash/FPR Ford          26 laps
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