Whincup creates history with third Clipsal 500 winFor Immediate Release: 22 March 2009TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup has created history and become the first driver to win the Clipsal 500 event three times, storming to victory in the final 250km leg...
Whincup creates history with third Clipsal 500 winFor Immediate Release: 22 March 2009TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup has created history and become the first driver to win the Clipsal 500 event three times, storming to victory in the final 250km leg today while teammate Craig Lowndes finished fourth.
Whincup, who also won yesterday's opening leg, was virtually unchallenged as he meticulously manoeuvred his way to a clean sweep of the season opening V8 Supercar event.
"This is a dream come true for me," Whincup said. "I can't believe I have won this event three times.
"I had to take it easy over the first few laps as the track was very dirty but I had better tyres at the end of the race which allowed me to hold off the HRT guys.
"Coming into this event I didn't know if I would be 25th or up near the top so it is very pleasing to be on the pace so early in the season," Whincup acknowledged.
Teammate Craig Lowndes had his work cut out for him after his TeamVodafone V8 Supercar bogged down at the start and left him back in tenth.
Lowndes set a new race lap record as worked his way back into the top four and endured an intense battle with Garth Tander for third place over the closing laps of the race.
Unable to find a way past the Holden driver Lowndes said it was still a good result given yesterday's disappointing race end.
"I made really hard work for myself with that terrible start," Lowndes said. "Thankfully the changes we made to the car overnight worked well and I had a great car which allowed me to work my way back into the top four.
"I kept out of trouble and put the pressure on Garth (Tander) right to the end but just ran out of laps.
"It is nice to come away with a result after yesterday's disappointment. This is a really positive start for the team we have brand new cars that are quick and reliable so all-in-all it is a good start to the year," Lowndes added.
With the teams next outing the non championship races at the Australian Grand Prix next weekend TeamVodafone will remain in Adelaide to prepare their two V8 Supercars.