GOLD COAST driver Jamie Whincup has held onto the V8 series lead, after the second last event on the racing calendar.
Our home grown hero crossed the line in fourth spot for Red Bull at Phillip Island, Victoria, on Sunday.
Whincup is ahead of Ford driver Mark Winterbottom in the standings on 3094 points.
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Whincup’s team mate Craig Lowndes is third in the championship.
At Phillip Island yesterday Volvo driver Scott McLauglin took line honours. He edged out Garth Tander with metres to go. He told v8supercars.com.au ”I feel pretty ecstatic! It was an awesome fight with Lowndes in the first race and an awesome end to the final race”.
He added ”I feel for Garth and in some ways it was a bit lucky. But my car was great the whole time and I knew that I had enough tyre life to attack him. It was very difficult because of the dirty air, you get a lot of understeer coming onto the straight. I am stoked to get two wins, climb to fifth in the championship and to claim my ninth pole of the year.”
After the race Whincup said “It was a relatively uneventful day for us today, we didn’t quite have the pace that we had yesterday. We got out-powered down the straight off the start and then got passed by Garth Tander which put me in third and then jumped by Mark Winterbottom in the pits which put us back in fourth.
We fought on and tried to get the last podium spot but we just weren’t quite quick enough in the end. All in all it was a very memorable weekend, one we will remember for a long time and we still got some fantastic points from today, so an awesome team effort. Today also sealed the V8 Supercars Team Championship for us so we’re all be proud of our efforts and looking forward to the Sydney 500 in three weeks.”