V8 Supercars Australia press release
Whincup Claims Last Lap Win
Jamie Whincup has snatched a last-lap win in the opening race of the V8 Supercars Championship at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from Ford's Will Davison.
The Tradingpost Falcon driver had tried to make it to the finish of the race without pitting again, though half a lap from home found himself unable to hold off Whincup, who had continually smashed the lap record in his pursuit of the leader.
For Whincup it was a win in the toughest week of his life after the passing of his father David last Sunday.
I went out there and just gave it everything I had.
"I didn't think I was going to win but by far it was my best win today," said Whincup.
"I was a bit underdone coming into the race, I went out there and just gave it everything I had. It went quick in a way, I was so focused on fighting down the FPR cars."
Davison managed to make it home for second, while Garth Tander rounded out the podium in third after electing to pit late and refuel to make sure he made it home.
A punctured tyre delayed Craig Lowndes but he pushed on to finish fourth while the top 10 was made up of Lee Holdsworth, Fabian Coulthard, Rick Kelly, Todd Kelly, Mark Winterbottom (who elected to pit for fuel with just laps to go) and Steven Johnson.
There were 17 cars on the lead lap at the end of the 78 laps, however there are four teams who have damaged cars.
The high-speed turn eight claimed James Courtney, Taz Douglas, Jason Bright and David Reynolds.
All four have damaged cars and their participation in tomorrow's second race remains up in the air. The good news is that all four were OK, though Bright did go to hospital for a precautionary X-ray on his shoulder.
24 cars finished the race with another 78 laps to be run tomorrow to round out the 14th Clipsal 500.