Jamie Whincup won today’s second 60-kilometre race at Phillip Island, ahead of Scott McLaughlin and Craig Lowndes.
As was the case with the first race, it all came down to the start. Whincup, starting next to pole-sitter McLaughlin, made the better launch and led the field into Turn 1.
Once in front, it was job done. Whincup could comfortably manage the gap back to McLaughlin, ultimately finishing 1.2s ahead of the Kiwi.
The only genuine stress Whincup faced all race was when race control investigated his lightening start, the stewards ultimately determining there was no breach.
“It was all about getting off the line,” said Whincup. “It was a good drag race with Scotty. I knew here was there, but I couldn’t actually see him – you can’t see a thing. So I just tipped it into [Turn] 1 and happy days.
“The car was fantastic again. That was good, a good feeling.”
Lowndes finished third, glued to the back of McLaughlin’s Volvo but crucially ahead of points leader Mark Winterbottom. Not that the result changed the championship picture all that much; with Winterbottom finishing fourth, the gap only came down from 213 to 209.
David Reynolds lost more points to his title rivals with fifth, ahead of Penske’s Scott Pye and Nissan pair Michael Caruso and Rick Kelly.