Whincup claims all three races in Abu Dhabi

GUY HAND
Last updated 01:15 05/11/2012
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WINNER: Jamie Whincup celebrates winning the V8 Supercars race 2 at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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Holden's Jamie Whincup has again outpaced his rivals to claim all three sprint races at this weekend's V8 Supercars round in Abu Dhabi.

The championship leader wrapped it up with a win in the final race on Yas Marina's 40-plus degree track on Sunday.

A friendly nudge off the line helped him steam past Ford pole-sitter Will Davison, who finished 1.132 seconds behind to  score his third second-place finish of the weekend.

But it wasn't until the second last lap that he managed to  overtake Ford's Tim Slade, who crossed the line third for his first  podium of the round.

Fellow Ford drivers Shane van Gisbergen and Mark Winterbottom  rounded out the top five.A fiery crash involving Holden's Karl Reindler, Jason Bright and  Ford driver Dean Fiore halted competition early in the run, with  the safety car out for four laps.All three cars were damaged and forced to retire early,  alongside Greg Murphy's Holden.

''It was very different today,'' Whincup said.

''Those Formula One guys lay some rubber down like you wouldn't believe, so we made some pretty decent changes to the car and it worked really well.

''It was quite hot inside the car, but a fantastic victory for us.''

Whincup's victory, his 11th of the season, landed the VE Commodore its 100th race win - the first time any model has reached that milestone in Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercars Championship  history.

It also added 100 points to the Holden star's championship lead, which has now extended to 296 points over Ford Performance Racing driver Mark Winterbottom.

''We've had a good run home, but it's still not over,'' Whincup said

.''I won't be chilling at the beach for the next two weeks.

''I'd be much more comfortable if there was one round to go.''

Meanwhile, Davison said he was frustrated that he failed on three occasions to hold onto his well-earned pole advantage.

''I don't think we quite nailed the car,'' he said.

''We definitely made quite a few changes overnight and yeah, the  car wasn't quite as good as yesterday.

''But we'll learn from next time.''

This year's penultimate round begins on November 16 at Winton raceway.

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