Bahrain: TeamVodafone race 1 report

Whincup's winning streak continues Defending V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup has taken his third consecutive race win of the season with victory in Race 3 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Bahrain International ...

Whincup's winning streak continues

Defending V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup has taken his third consecutive race win of the season with victory in Race 3 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Bahrain International Circuit tonight.

Quickest in qualifying, Whincup snared pole position for the race with a top ten shootout time that was over two tenths of second quicker than anyone else.

The TeamVodafone driver led the 200km race from start-to-finish and took the chequered flag with a 3.5 second gap to Mark Winterbottom in second and 12 seconds ahead of team-mate Craig Lowndes who finished third. "We have had a great run," Whincup said. "To win in Abu Dhabi was huge but to come here and win is really something else.

"I know it looked easy, but we were working hard. Frosty really pushed us today.

"We really set our day up today with our amazing qualifying run this morning and from there our car was excellent in the race and our strategy was spot on," Whincup explained.

After three races Whincup has amassed maximum points and sits atop the V8 Supercar Championship Series table with 450 points.

The reigning champion was joined on the podium by team-mate Craig Lowndes who finished third after starting the race from eighth.

"Coming back through the field is not ideal but thankfully this is a track that lends itself to passing," Lowndes said.

"I am delighted with another podium however I am disappointed with my top ten shootout result.

"Another poor top ten run made our life difficult but again the guys came up with a car that was quite aggressive and allowed me to attack a few people," he added.

The Desert 400 concludes tomorrow with qualifying for Race 4 of the V8 Supercar Championship at 7.20pm (AEST) and Race 4 (200km) to get underway at 10.35pm (AEST).

-source: teamvodafone

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom