Supercars Queensland: Whincup snaps winless streak ahead of Davison

Jamie Whincup snapped his longest Supercars winless streak in 13 years with a clinical victory at Queensland Raceway

Supercars Queensland: Whincup snaps winless streak ahead of Davison

The seven-time series champion came into the event after a 24-race drought - his last win coming at the Sandown 500 in September 2018.

It was his longest winless streak since joining powerhouse squad Triple Eight in 2006.

But he broke that streak in style at the Ipswich circuit, out-muscling Scott McLaughlin on the first lap and out-lasting a fast finishing Will Davison to take victory.

Whincup and McLaughlin staged a wild side-by-side battle through Turns 1 and 2 on the opening lap, with the Red Bull Holden driver winning out to grab the lead, while McLaughlin found himself shuffled back to third behind Davison.

Parked behind Davison's Tickford Mustang, and with Whincup 2.9 seconds down the road, McLaughlin tried to make an undercut by stopping on lap 10 of what would be a 39-lap race.

But a problem on the left front meant his stop was more than five seconds longer than usual.

Whincup continued to pull away from Davison across the first stint, with his lead at 4.2s when he made his stop on lap 15.

He emerged six seconds ahead of McLaughlin, and with clean air and fresh tyres at his disposal.

Davison stayed out until lap 19, which was enough to not only lose a little more ground to Whincup, but to end up behind McLaughlin as well.

McLaughlin did briefly make in-roads on Whincup's advantage, getting to within 4.5s of the leader as the stops shook out.

But with 13 laps remaining the DJR Team Penske driver ran out of steam, which opened the door for Davison to reclaim second place.

Davison's Tickford team-mate Chaz Mostert followed suit, relegating McLaughlin to fourth a lap later.

With his tyres in better condition, Davison was able to eat into Whincup's lead during the run to the flag.

But it was not enough and Whincup held on to break his winless streak to the win by 2.1s.

"I've been reminded, especially the last couple of months, that I haven't had a win for a while," said Whincup. "So it's certainly fantastic to get a win.

"A big thanks to the Holden supporters for hanging in there, we've had a bit of a drought, it's been a tough run, but we've been chipping away."

Mostert finished up third after he was unable to hang onto Davison in the closing stages despite the pair running an identical strategy.

McLaughlin came home fourth ahead of Shane van Gisbergen, with another pair of Tickford Mustangs sixth and seventh thanks to Cam Waters and Lee Holdsworth.

Nick Percat finished eighth, David Reynolds ninth and Fabian Coulthard was 10th.

Results - 39 laps

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden 46m37.9111s
2 Will Davison 23Red Racing Ford 2.1796s
3 Chaz Mostert Tickford Ford 6.0530s
4 Scott McLaughlin DJR Penske Ford 8.7324s
5 Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Holden 9.6996s
6 Cameron Waters Tickford Ford 20.8293s
7 Lee Holdsworth Tickford Ford 23.1559s
8 Nick Percat Brad Jones Holden 25.4667s
9 David Reynolds Erebus Holden 35.6423s
10 Fabian Coulthard DJR Penske Ford 36.5018s
11 James Courtney Walkinshaw Holden 37.8383s
12 Andre Heimgartner Kelly Nissan 40.1545s
13 James Golding GRM Holden 40.7462s
14 Anton De Pasquale Erebus Holden 42.6580s
15 Mark Winterbottom Schwerkolt Holden 44.1889s
16 Rick Kelly Kelly Nissan 44.9761s
17 Michael Caruso GRM Holden 45.9757s
18 Simona de Silvestro Kelly Nissan 46.3215s
19 Todd Hazelwood Matt Stone Holden 53.0295s
20 Garry Jacobson Kelly Nissan 1m01.0018s
21 Scott Pye Walkinshaw Holden 1 Lap
22 Jack Le Brocq Tekno Holden 1 Lap
- Tim Slade Brad Jones Holden Retirement
- Macauley Jones Blanchard/BJR Holden Retirement

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