Whincup creates history at Symmons Plain after recording breaking victory
TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup has become the most successful driver to ever compete at Symmons Plains Raceway, today securing his eighth race win at the Tasmanian track while adding to his career tally of 54 race wins.
Teammate and polesitter Craig Lowndes endured a disappointing premature end to today's race after clashing with Will Davison while dicing for the lead.
The pair made contact at the notorius hairpin resulting in the #888 Commodore sustaining broken suspension and forcing Lowndes out of the race.
Whincup made steady progress towards the front today, finishing fifth in practice and qualifying before starting today's 84-lap race on the hard compound tyres.
Holding fifth off the line, Whincup moved into fourth on Lap 3 and continued his charge towards Championship leader Will Davison before locking the rear tyres and spinning spectacularly at the hairpin.
He recovered and re-entered the track in fifth position before taking his compulsory pitstop to switch to the soft compound tyres. Whincup quickly progressed through the order and was second at mid-race distance.
A quick pitstop from the TeamVodafone crew saw Whincup leapfrog race leader Mark Winterbottom, he then maintained a comfortable lead until the chequered flag.
The day was bittersweet for Lowndes, who broke the practice lap record earlier in the day before taking pole position for the final 200km race.
Lowndes got a good start, muscling out Davison and holding the lead until the first pitstop where he lost a spot to his Ford rival.
With pressure mounting from Winterbottom, the TeamVodaofne driver attempted to pass Davison on lap 30, moving to the outside approaching the Turn 4 hairpin. Contact was made between the two with Lowdes #888 Commodore coming off the worst, broken front left suspension forcing a disappointing DNF.
Jamie Whincup remains second in the V8 Supercar Championship Series on 549 points, only 18 points behind Davison. Craig Lowndes has dropped to eighth position on 317 points.