Whincup breaks through for TeamVodafone's first race win in the WestFor Immediate Release: 21 November 2009While it has traditionally been a bogey track for TeamVodafone, Barbagallo Raceway was the scene of success today with Jamie Whincup taking...
Whincup breaks through for TeamVodafone's first race win in the WestFor Immediate Release: 21 November 2009While it has traditionally been a bogey track for TeamVodafone, Barbagallo Raceway was the scene of success today with Jamie Whincup taking the teams first ever race victory on the low grip circuit.
The day started well for the championship winning team with an all TeamVodafone front row of the grid confirmed after teammate Craig Lowndes beat Whincup to pole position for the 42 lap race.
Both Whincup and Lowndes started the race on the Dunlop Sprint Maxx tyres but it was the defending champion who got off the line first. While Whincup pulled away, Lowndes took an early pit stop on Lap 6, opting to save his sprint tyres for tomorrow's longer race.
Whincup was never headed as he took his eleventh race win of the season ahead of Todd Kelly and Mark Winterbottom and he now sits 161points clear of championship rival Will Davison.
"I have never won in Perth before so it is a great feeling." Whincup said.
"We had great pace, but we did use the best of our tyres so it will be extremely tough to win again tomorrow.
"We had to sprint today and get that lead over 150 points. We are racing car 22 (Will Davison) and that's who we have to race tomorrow," he acknowledged.
After securing his first pole position for the year Craig Lowndes finished today's race sixth and said the team strategy was to try and save the soft tyres for tomorrow.
"I had a consistent car throughout the race but once I went onto the standard control tyre I was pretty much racing myself," Lowndes said.
"Our strategy was to pit early to save the sprint tyres so they can be used tomorrow. We want to stay out of trouble and try and match it with the other cars on soft's.
Tomorrow's on track action will see the V8 Supercars contest a 20 minute qualifying session at 10.00am (WST) ahead of Race 24 (84 laps) at 12.35pm (WST).