Whincup reigns supreme in Abu Dhabi. TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup has taken a clean sweep of the Yas V8 400, winning the second 200km leg of the season opener at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit last night. The reigning champion, who started...
Whincup reigns supreme in Abu Dhabi.
TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup has taken a clean sweep of the Yas V8 400, winning the second 200km leg of the season opener at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit last night.
The reigning champion, who started from the front row of the grid, was virtually unchallenged over the 43 lap race and went on to take the chequered flag four seconds ahead of Mark Winterbottom.
TeamVodafone's Commodores enjoyed the perfect debut and Whincup acknowledged his team had given him a rocketship this weekend. "The car was bullet-proof, and we were sort of in control from the start," Whincup said.
"I am almost in shock from what has panned out this weekend. Having a brand-new car, a brand-new circuit and to almost have a perfect weekend, well that's good enough. It is just an amazing feeling.
"We have five or six little issues that you can't see from the outside that we're going to have to improve before too long, but it's all pretty good -- I can't believe I've won two from two."
Teammate Craig Lowndes, was fifth in yesterday's race, and sits third in the Championship standings with 249 points.
"Overall it was a great weekend for the team," Lowndes said
"I didn't quite get the finish I would have liked today but to finish in the top five is still a good result considering the hurdles we faced coming into this round.
"We have a little bit of work to do ahead of next weekend's event in Bahrain but I am fortunate to be part of one of the most dedicated teams in pitlane, so I know no stone will be left unturned in terms of preparation.
The team will head straight to Bahrain to prepare for next weekend's second round of the Series, the Gulf Air Desert 400.