Two wins for Jamie Whincup in Abu Dhabi

Last updated 01:01 04/11/2012
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WINNER: Jamie Whincup celebrates winning the V8 Supercars race 2 at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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Championship leader Jamie Whincup created V8 Supercar history with a double victory in Abu Dhabi, but the  Holden star is still coy about his chances of winning the 2012  series.

Whincup crossed the line first in both of Saturday's sprint  races at Yas Marina Circuit, having outpaced Ford pole-sitter Will  Davison to lead all 24 laps.

Davison finished the two races in second place, ahead of  third-placed Ford driver Shane Van Gisbergen.

Whincup's double victory marks his 10th win of the season and  62nd in his career.

It also made his TeamVodafone Holden the most successful  individual car in the history of the Australian Touring Car  Championship/V8 Supercars Champion with a total of 26 wins since  2010.He broke the previous record held by Marcos Ambrose's two-time  championship winning Pirtek/Stone Brothers Falcon BA.

''It's pretty cool to have a car that I've driven to be able to  beat his record,'' Whincup said.

''It's huge.''The car has a championship, has a Bathurst win and is now what  I call the GOAT - the greatest of all time.''

Whincup has extended his championship lead to 270 points over  Ford Performance Racing driver Mark Winterbottom, who finished  sixth and fourth and in Saturday's two races.But with another sprint race on Sunday and another two rounds  left his year, Whincup doesn't believe he's got the series wrapped  up.

''I've been in this position before and, as I said the last round  and the round before, it always comes down to a handful of points  in Sydney,'' he said.

''So it's certainly not a foregone conclusion.

''We've still got to keep our focus and try to stay ahead of car  five and car Triple Eight to start with.''

Despite losing his pole advantage, Davison said he was happy with his overall performance, managing to narrow the gap with  Whincup to just 0.3-seconds in race two before falling three  seconds behind at the finish.

''I'm disappointed it wasn't a bit better of a race, but it felt  pretty good, I drove pretty hard and Jamie just had a little bit  more,'' he said.

''There's a few sections of the lap where I could catch right up  and then there some other sections where I was weak.''

Davison said the soft tyre on the 40-plus degree proved a challenge and prevented him from pushing too hard.

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Van Gisbergen, one of just three Kiwi drivers in the V8s, said he was proud to see the New Zealand flag on the podium twice in one  day.

''It'd be good to have the anthem up there as well tomorrow,'' he said.

The third and final race of the round kicks off on Sunday.

- AAP

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