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Courtney wins at Ipswich


Ford driver James Courtney is now a contender for the V8 Supercar title after takingk two wins over the weekend in the Championship series

Jim Beam Racing Ford Falcon driver James Courtney reduced Jamie Whincup's lead in the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship to 24 points with a second race victory within 24 hours at Queensland Raceway.

Courtney won Sunday's second race in the fifth event of the championship by 11.517 seconds, after leading 45 of the 65 laps. Garth Tander (Holden Racing Team) finished second, and Shane Van Gisbergen (SP Tools Racing) was third.

The 29-year-old Gold Coast-based driver also won on Saturday at the opening race at Queensland Raceway, scoring the maximum 300 championship points for his results on the 3.1km circuit near Ipswich.

Whincup went into the event leading the championship by 204 points ahead of Courtney. The Team Vodafone driver earned 120 points at Queensland Raceway for finishing fourth, but scored no points in Sunday's race after mechanical problems forced him to retire after 27 laps.

The results left Whincup leading the championship with a tally of 1191 points, followed by Courtney on 1167, Van Gisbergen third on 984, and Tander fourth on 972.

Courtney qualified second for Sunday's race, behind Whincup. In the opening race stint Whincup led Courtney for 12 laps, before he snatched the lead when Whincup made his first pit-stop on lap 13. After Whincup retired Courtney was threatened after a mid-race Safety Car period, being was passed by Tander. However, Courtney quickly overtook Tander to regain first place. Courtney made his two pit-stops on laps 22 and 46 for fuel and fresh Dunlop 'sprint' tyres.

Championship Top 10

Jamie Whincup Commodore 1191
James Courtney Falcon 1167
Shane van Gisbergen Falcon 984
Garth Tander Commodore 972
Craig Lowndes Commodore 969
Rick Kelly Commodore 908
Lee Holdsworth Commodore 903
Mark Winterbottom Falcon 894
Michael Caruso Commodore 834
Steven Johnson Falcon 749

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