Homebush V8 Supercars: Jamie Whincup denies Tim Slade first win

V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup overcame upstart leader Tim Slade to win the opening race of the season finale on Sydney's Homebush street track

Homebush V8 Supercars: Jamie Whincup denies Tim Slade first win

A heavy crash for Whincup's Triple Eight Holden team-mate Craig Lowndes in qualifying caused a red flag that shook the grid up, and Will Davison emerged with a maiden pole for the Erebus Mercedes.

Whincup was one of the few regular frontrunners to get a decent lap in and started second, which he swiftly turned into first with a better start than Davison.

Initial third and fourth place men David Reynolds and Slade were among the many who made their mandatory pitstops early, whereas Whincup was yet to stop when a crash for Mark Winterbottom at Turn 1 on lap nine of 37 brought out the safety car.

Whincup squeezed out just ahead of Reynolds, but behind Slade, causing raised eyebrows from Triple Eight over how hard Slade had pushed before catching the safety car.

But Whincup stayed cool, and ramped up the pressure on Slade after a second safety car for a tangle between Todd Kelly and Scott Pye.

With 11 laps to go, Whincup passed Slade into the Turn 9/10 chicane and escaped to take his 13th win of 2014.

Though Slade would have to wait for his maiden win, he stayed clear of Reynolds for second.

Davison was on course for fourth until dropping out with a smoky power steering failure.

Of those disadvantaged in qualifying, Friday practice pacesetter James Courtney flew through from 22nd to fifth before tangling with Scott McLaughlin and dropping back.

That meant the most productive charge came from Shane van Gisbergen, who hacked through from 18th to sixth behind McLaughlin and Rick Kelly.

Lowndes moved up from 20th to 13th in his repaired car, while Marcos Ambrose was 20th as he reacclimatised in his first V8 race in nine years.

RESULTS - 37 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden 1h01m50.6379s
2 Tim Slade Rosenberg/HRT Holden 3.1095s
3 David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford 5.4694s
4 Scott McLaughlin GRM Volvo 9.4484s
5 Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan 10.6047s
6 Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Holden 12.0024s
7 David Wall Dick Johnson Ford 16.4778s
8 Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden 17.3577s
9 Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 18.4233s
10 Garth Tander HRT Holden 19.5069s
11 James Courtney HRT Holden 23.2714s
12 Nick Percat Walkinshaw/HRT Holden 23.6936s
13 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Holden 26.3635s
14 James Moffat Nissan Motorsport Nissan 26.8327s
15 Chaz Mostert FPR Ford 27.3179s
16 Jack Perkins Schwerkolt/FPR Ford 29.0176s
17 Lee Holdsworth Erebus Mercedes 29.3320s
18 Robert Dahlgren GRM Volvo 30.3315s
19 Russell Ingall Dumbrell Holden 30.9743s
20 Marcos Ambrose Dick Johnson Ford 31.9079s
21 Dale Wood Britek/BJR Holden 36.5593s
22 Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan 47.1582s
23 Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford 4 Laps
- Will Davison Erebus Mercedes Retirement
- Todd Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan Retirement
- Scott Pye Dick Johnson Ford Retirement


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