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Whincup a winner

 

Team Vodafone recorded the perfect race weekend at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway, claiming two pole positions and two race wins

Ford's Jamie Whincup boosted his chances of back-to-back titles with a race win which extended his championship lead to 161 points over Holden Racing Team's Will Davison, with just three races remaining this season.

Whincup's Team Vodafone chose to use up their entire set of soft sprint tyres in the first half of Saturday's 42-lap race, leaving Whincup with a massive advantage he maintained to beat Holden's Todd Kelly and Ford's Mark Winterbottom.

On Sunday it was fellow Team Vodafone driver Craig Lowndes who won the race, with Whincup finishing fourth.

Davison was involved in a freak accident, skidding on an oil patch and damaging the steering.

His failure to finish and Whincup's fourth place gives the Team Vodafone driver a 281-point championship lead over Davison with two races remaining this season.

The Sydney 500 will host the Grand Finale of the V8 Supercar Championships from December 4-6 at Sydney Olympic Park.

V8 Supercar Top Ten Race 24 Results

1. Craig Lowndes, 150pts
2. Steven Johnson, 138pts
3. Garth Tander,  129pts
4. Jamie Whincup, 120pts
5. Russell Ingall, 111pts
6. Jason Bright, 102pts 
7. Jason Bargwanna, 96pts
8. Steven Richards, 90pts
9. Cameron McConville, 84pts
10.James Courtney, 78pts          

V8 Supercar Top Ten Championship standings

1. Jamie Whincup, 3175pts
2. Will Davison, 2894pts
3. Garth Tander, 2766pts
4. Craig Lowndes, 2544pts
5. Steven Johnson, 2177pts
6. Mark Winterbottom, 2147pts
7. Rick Kelly, 2078pts
8. James Courtney, 1988pts
9. Lee Holdsworth, 1886pts
10. Russell Ingall, 1871pts


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