Whincup leads Triple 8 one-two

Jamie Whincup led a Triple Eight Holden one-two in the first of this weekend's three V8 Supercar races at Barbagallo

Whincup leads Triple 8 one-two

The polesitter held the edge throughout the 50-lap event, but came under pressure from his team-mate Craig Lowndes in the second half of the race.

Lowndes had run fourth behind Will Davison (Ford Performance Racing) and Steven Johnson (Dick Johnson Ford) in the opening stages, before opting to make his pitstop on lap 14 and change just two tyres.

Whincup stayed out at the head of the field until lap 28, changing four tyres when he came in - and emerged only just ahead of Lowndes, who had been making up ground in the meantime.

The two Triple Eight cars ran nose to tail for the rest of the distance, but Whincup had enough in hand to clinch victory.

Davison eventually finished 6.7 seconds behind the leaders to complete the podium.

After only qualifying 16th, Stone Brothers Ford driver Shane van Gisbergen produced a charging race to come through to fourth ahead of Johnson, Jason Bright (Brad Jones Holden) and Karl Reindler, as the latter backed up his qualifying breakthrough to take a career-best seventh.

Mark Winterbottom (FPR) beat Rick Kelly (Kelly Holden) and reigning champion James Courtney to eighth in a tough late battle, while Courtney's Holden Racing Team-mate Garth Tander managed to claw his way up to 13th after only qualifying 23rd.

Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden 49m38.6955s 2. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden + 0.9041s 3. Will Davison FPR Ford + 6.7397s 4. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford + 8.1306s 5. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford + 11.1240s 6. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden + 14.8305s 7. Karl Reindler Birtek Holden + 17.6138s 8. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 21.1226s 9. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden + 21.9802s 10. James Courtney HRT Holden + 22.3162s 11. Jason Bargwanna Brad Jones Holden + 30.6765s 12. Michael Caruso Garry Rodgers Holden + 32.3514s 13. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 32.7136s 14. Russell Ingall Paul Morris Holden + 33.1191s 15. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden + 33.3054s 16. Lee Holdsworth Garry Rodgers Holden + 34.1442s 17. Steve Owen Paul Morris Holden + 34.3813s 18. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford + 34.5738s 19. David Reynolds Kelly Holden + 35.8248s 20. Jonathon Webb Tekno Ford + 36.5063s 21. Alex Davison Stone Brothers Ford + 40.2178s 22. Tim Slade Stone Brothers Ford + 40.4429s 23. Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Holden + 40.8537s 24. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford + 50.6872s 25. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Holden + 54.8532s 26. Warren Luff Lucas Dumbrell Holden + 1 lap 27. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden + 1 lap Retirements: Paul Dumbrell Rod Nash Ford 40 laps 
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