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Homebush V8 Supercars: Jamie Whincup wins as downpour halts race

V8 Supercars' second Homebush race was halted early by a massive downpour over the Sydney street track, handing Jamie Whincup a second win of the day

Whincup had burst from fourth to first in a spectacular four-abreast run off the line with poleman Garth Tander, Shane van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin.

The champion then charged away from the field as everyone held off making their mandatory pitstops amid the high likelihood of the very dark clouds overhead unleashing a storm.

By the time the rain came on lap 15 of the planned 37, Whincup's Triple Eight Holden was 7.5 seconds clear of the field.

He timed his tyre change just right as well, while others spent one lap too long on slicks on the increasingly wet track.

That turned out to be the limit of the racing. With David Wall in the barriers and the track awash, the safety car was called out and then the race red-flagged soon afterwards.

The cars were eventually sent out again for a few more laps under caution before the time limit was reached and a result declared after 24 laps.

Van Gisbergen claimed second ahead of McLaughlin, Bright, Mark Winterbottom and James Courtney.

Whincup's Triple Eight team-mate Craig Lowndes tagged returning series legend Marcos Ambrose into a spin at the first corner, with Ambrose then collecting Jack Perkins.

While Ambrose resumed to finish 21st, Lowndes - who had missed race two qualifying following his heavy crash in the opening session - changed to wets too early and was 20th.

That dropped Lowndes to fourth in the championship behind van Gisbergen with just Sunday's longer-distance race remaining in the 2014 season.

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden 1h05m51.1979s
2 Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Holden 0.7818s
3 Scott McLaughlin GRM Volvo 1.3247s
4 Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden 2.0090s
5 Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford 2.8275s
6 James Courtney HRT Holden 3.6985s
7 Tim Slade Rosenberg/HRT Holden 4.1027s
8 Michael Caruso Nissan Motorsport Nissan 4.5967s
9 Scott Pye Dick Johnson Ford 7.2320s
10 Garth Tander HRT Holden 8.4293s
11 Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden 9.1751s
12 David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford 10.1909s
13 Will Davison Erebus Mercedes 11.9532s
14 Rick Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan 13.3237s
15 Chaz Mostert FPR Ford 14.1644s
16 Dale Wood Britek/BJR Holden 15.1357s
17 James Moffat Nissan Motorsport Nissan 15.6044s
18 Robert Dahlgren GRM Volvo 17.4785s
19 Nick Percat Walkinshaw/HRT Holden 17.9764s
20 Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Holden 19.1831s
21 Marcos Ambrose Dick Johnson Ford 20.7359s
22 Jack Perkins Schwerkolt/FPR Ford 26.6224s
23 Todd Kelly Nissan Motorsport Nissan 27.5038s
24 Lee Holdsworth Erebus Mercedes 30.5962s
25 Russell Ingall Dumbrell Holden 1 Lap
- David Wall Dick Johnson Ford Retirement

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