Jamie Whincup reigns in Townsville V8s

Last updated 20:26 07/07/2012
Jamie Whincup
Getty Images
VICTORY: Holden's Jamie Whincup has continued his love affair with Townsville.

Relevant offers

Motorsport

Nascar star Tony Stewart may yet face charges Kennard enjoys life riding shotgun with Paddon Marcos Ambrose sets sights on Bathurst win Valentino Rossi wins San Marino Grand Prix Greg Murphy pushes forward to second place Hayden Paddon finishes 6th in Australian leg Finishing Bathurst will suffice, says V8 rookie Hayden Paddon drops to 7th at Rally Australia Haydon Paddon still sixth in Rally Australia Italian company Aprilia to return to MotoGP

Holden's Jamie Whincup has continued his love affair with Townsville, claiming victory in Saturday's 200km V8 Supercars race.

The TeamVodafone pilot extended his championship lead to 61 points and claimed his fourth victory from just seven races in far north Queensland.

Ford's Mark Winterbottom leapfrogged teammate Will Davison to second in the standings after finishing behind Whincup with Holden's Garth Tander coming home third.

Davison, who now finds himself third in the title race despite having the most race wins (six) this season, had a tough day to finish 12th in the 72-lap race.

In an action-packed race which featured several safety car call-outs and plenty of different tyre strategies, Whincup took hold from pole-sitter Winterbottom on the 45th lap.

The duo endured a tough finish to the race, both close to running out of fuel on the last lap, but Whincup did enough to hold on and claim his fourth win of the season.

At the back of the pack, ex-Formula One world champion Jacques Villeneuve had a tough first solo drive in V8 Supercars, retiring after just 18 laps after an engine drama in his Kelly Racing Commodore.

The Townsville 400 wraps up on Sunday with another 200km race.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which is your favourite Formula One circuit?

Melbourne

Monte Carlo

Silverstone

Singapore

Sao Paulo

San Marino

Nurburgring

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Blog