Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Whincup the Biggest Winner after Gold Coast 600 Domination

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Whincup the Biggest Winner after Gold Coast 600 Domination

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TEAM Vodafone's Jamie Whincup and Sebastian Bourdais won Saturday's spectacular 300km endurance race on the streets of Surfers Paradise. Whincup finished 2.2sec ahead of Ford Performance Racing teammates Will Davison/Mika Salo and Mark Winterbottom/Richard Lyons.

Whincup claimed his seventh race win of the year, but more importantly he regained the championship lead after teammate Craig Lowndes' electrical gremlins resulted in a DNF. Jim Beam Racing's young gun James Moffat and Joey Hand finished an amazing fourth, with Moffat charging from 13th after his final pit stop.

Whincup also claimed a $10,000 bonus cash prize on Sunday for winning the Armor All Super Pole in the 30-minute qualifying session for race 22. The two-time champion set a time of 1min 10.96sec on the last lap of the session, claiming another $5000 for pole to go with his $5000 from Saturday's pole, plus the $10,000 bonus, giving him a total of $20,000 just from qualifying.

He and Garth Tander qualified on the front row of the grid, in front of Ford Performance Racing's duo of Winterbottom and Davison, who sat third and fourth. Lowndes was fifth from Steve Owen, Greg Murphy, Lee Holdsworth, Moffat and David Reynolds. Electrical issues for James Courtney placed the reigning champion 23rd on the timesheets.

Unlike Saturday's race, V8 Supercar officials replaced the bollards at turn two that had been dislodged in Saturday's race, which caused two of three safety car periods. Teams were reminded that the purpose of the bollards was to give the drivers a guide for the apex and where the electronic detection loops were. The officials also increased the sensitivity of the detection system at turn two.

The breach count was reset after laps two, 34 and 68 during the race, with drivers receiving a pit lane penalty once they had recorded six breaches. …

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