Three-time V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden) won both Sunday races at the Chill Perth 360, reinforcing the championship lead he took Saturday. He won the first race of the day over Team BOC's Jason Bright (Holden) and Pepsi Max Crew's Mark Winterbottom (Ford). He scored the double in by beating teammate Craig Lowndes with Bright third.
Whincup’s focus now turns to the series US debut at the Circuit of the Americas, May 17-19. "Going to Texas is going to be great. I like the European style tracks so I can't wait to get over there."
Lowndes became the most successful racer in Australian motorsport Saturday when he took his 91st victory in the first race. He was on target for another in the day’s second race before Whincup passed him at a safety car restart.
"We have definitely improved the cars a lot since New Zealand. You have your ups and downs but overall it was a good weekend. We maintained our position in the Championship and as everyone keeps saying it's anybody's game," Lowndes said. "It's no secret we have been struggling with performance. We are getting good feedback and great information especially heading over to Texas."
Bright too is looking forward to returning to the US where he raced open wheelers early in his career. "One of the things I like about going to a new circuit like that is getting up to speed. We don't get to do that very often, only every couple of years," he said.
Nissan, making its V8 Supercars debut this year along with Mercedes-Benz, had its first two Top 10s of the season, both from James Moffat (Norton 360 Racing).
Whincup extended his lead in the Championship when he took the checkered flag by 0.75 sec over Bright and Winterbottom. Whincup, who started from fifth on the grid, pitted for new tyres on lap 18 of the 42-lap battle and that proved to be the difference on the hard-wearing 2.42km circuit.
In the second Sunday race Whincup didn't have an ideal run – though he started from first on the grid, he had an excursion into the sand after some coolant was dropped on the track. A quick call for new tyres put Whincup back in the lead pack. Winterbottom, who was running second, was also caught out by the fluid, but didn't manage to recover, finishing 12th.
858 – Jamie Whincup (Red Bull, Holden)
813 – Will Davison (Pepsi Max Crew FPR, Ford)
751 – Craig Lowndes (Red Bull, Holden)
711 – Jason Bright (Team BOC, Holden)
652 – Shane van Gisbergen (TEKNO Team VIP, Holden)
1549 – Red Bull Racing Australia – Whincup, Lowndes
1433 – Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford – Davison, Winterbottom
1374 – Lockwood Racing (Holden) – Fabian Coulthard
1286 – Holden Racing Team – James Courtney, Garth Tander
1193 – Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods (Holden) van Gisbergen, Jonathan Webb