Hidden Valley V8 Supercars: Jamie Whincup leaves mayhem behind

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

Hidden Valley V8 Supercars: Jamie Whincup leaves mayhem behind

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.

All the motorsport action as it happens with Race Centre Live

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 Retirements: Will Davison FPR Ford 29 laps Tim Blanchard Dick Johnson Ford 21 laps 
shares
comments
V8 Supercars confident over Ford's future in the series
Previous article

V8 Supercars confident over Ford's future in the series

Next article

Hidden Valley V8 Supercars: Mark Winterbottom ends long win drought

Hidden Valley V8 Supercars: Mark Winterbottom ends long win drought
Load comments
The well-travelled racer now Supercars' elder statesman Plus

The well-travelled racer now Supercars' elder statesman

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing, as Andrew van Leeuwen explains

Supercars
Oct 19, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Plus

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 16, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Plus

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Aug 31, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Plus

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 25, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Plus

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 23, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Plus

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

OPINION: Roger Penske's operation helped lift Dick Johnson's faltering Ford team back to the top of Australian tin-tops. But, despite The Captain's departure, along with star driver Scott McLaughlin, there's no reason to expect an imminent decline from DJR

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Why Whincup's next move is no calculated gamble Plus

Why Whincup's next move is no calculated gamble

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But the team's outgoing boss Roland Dane has full faith that he'll be up to the task

Supercars
Feb 5, 2021
The top 10 Supercars drivers of 2020 Plus

The top 10 Supercars drivers of 2020

In a year of few constants, the Australian Supercars championship could be relied upon for its usual blend of rough and tumble racing with a V8 soundtrack. But who were its top performers in 2020?

Supercars
Dec 27, 2020