Whincup wins Albert Park 400 at the Australian Grand Prix
TeamVodafone’s Jamie Whincup has won the Albert Park 400 at the Australian Grand Prix, taking victory in the final V8 Supercar race today.
The final 25-lap leg was shortened due to a multi-car incident, which forced teammate Craig Lowndes into early retirement.
Whincup, who won two of the three V8 Supercar races this weekend, took the top step of the dais ahead of Garth Tander and Shane Van Gisbergen.
Battling a flu virus all weekend the TeamVodafone driver praised his team for calling the perfect strategy and giving him a consistently quick racecar.
“This was another event that had a lot of craziness throughout,” Whincup said.
“There’s driver wins, team wins and then there’s pure arse. This one was definitely a team win. They called the strategy perfectly and that was that.
“I am really disappointed for Craig, no one likes to see that much damage in a non points round,” he added.
After working his from the back of the field to sixth in yesterday’s race, today’s result closed the door on an up-and-down weekend for the #888 driver.
“I got a really good start in that race and the car was very strong,” Lowndes explained. “I was definitely aiming for a top three finish.
“The contact with Rick Kelly caused both cars to hit the wall and the end result was some badly damaged cars.
“In taking a positive out of an ordinary weekend– hopefully we have all our bad luck out of the way before Hamilton,” he added
The team will head home to prepare for the third round of the 2011 V8 Supercar Championship Series - the ITM 400 in Hamilton (NZ) on 15-17 April.