Surfers Paradise: Dodo Racing race two, three report

Whincup salvages ninth at Surfers Paradise Dodo Racing's Jamie Whincup has fought through the concrete walls of Surfers Paradise to turn a lowly qualifying position into a ninth place round result in round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship ...

Whincup salvages ninth at Surfers Paradise

Dodo Racing's Jamie Whincup has fought through the concrete walls of Surfers Paradise to turn a lowly qualifying position into a ninth place round result in round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

The 22-year-old finished ninth in today's opening 100-kilometre race from 15th on the grid but was elevated up one position after the demotion of fourth-placed Russell Ingall.

The Bathurst runner-up was consistent again in the final race, finishing 10th and fending off the advances of two-time series champion Marcos Ambrose.

"It was a tough weekend but to come up with a top 10 result after qualifying back in the pack is great," said Whincup.

"We have gained a pile of points and we're still knocking on the door of the top 10 in the series points. The most important thing also is that the car is relatively straight!

"I was in among some pretty star-studded company in the last race and I had the car under me to hold my position. The result in the final race was about where we stood for the weekend on overall car speed.

"In the first race today the car was quite fast.

"We decided to stay out and run for a few more laps before our compulsory pit stop than the rest of the field and running in the clear air helped us leap-frog a few of our rivals. To make up six spots on this track is a tough thing to do."

His teammate Jason Richards had actually started the day as the leading Dodo Commodore.

After finishing sixth in yesterday's 31 lapper, the New Zealander was well placed in race 2, running strongly in the top 10 before crashing on lap 17.

The car was a retirement from the race after Richards ran off the road and buried it in the tyre wall.

"I just went in too deep under brakes and couldn't pull up," a disappointed Richards said.

"I just got off the racing line and added to the fact I was out of the groove in an off-camber corner, that was enough to send me off the track."

Dodo Racing mechanics were forced to strip Richards' Commodore, beginning the job even before the race had ended.

They replaced the right front suspension and steering arm and completed running repairs to the damaged bodywork to return the car in time for the final 22-lap race.

Starting from the last row of the grid in 31st place, Richards managed to slide through the field and be running 19th by the end.

In terms of the overall championship, Whincup holds on to 13th spot and is just 75 points off 10th-placed Rick Kelly, while Richards is 18th in the standings.

The V8 Supercar Series will next head to Tasmania for the Ferodo Triple Challenge in three weeks' time.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Russell Ingall , Rick Kelly , Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup