Whincup Dominates in Texas

Team Red Bull score 2 x 2 in Austin 400.

WhincupLowndesJamie Whincup became the first V8 Supercar driver to win in the US, by winning race one of the Austin 400. Then he blitzed the field to win race two, with his team-mate Craig Lowndes scoring second place in both races, in a dominant display for Red Bull racing on day one.

A large local crowd came through the gates at Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas, to view the show, marketed as the “Aussie Invasion” and Whincup showed them a completely dominant display with typically flawless driving. He now boasts 18 wins in 24 overseas starts in V8 Supercars.

With a healthy crowd watching on from the towering stands, Whincup blasted past pole sitter Fabian Coulthard in the first race to take the lead, the third most successful driver in the history of the sport making the most of a poor start from the Kiwi.

¬†With Whincup blasting away in clear air, the field put on a show for the American’s with the usual lap one elbows claiming Scott McLaughlin and prompting a yellow flag.

Texas1The action resumed with Whincup again tearing away, but a battle broke out behind him between Coulthard, Craig Lowndes, Jonathan Webb and Will Davison.

With a well calculated passing move, Lowndes past Coulthard and began chasing Whincup as Davison and Webb continued their tussle.

The pit-stop saw Craig Lowndes emerge on Whincup’s tail but his gain was tempered when the governing body launched an investigation into his pit-stop release.

The second race was far easier, Whincup leading from start to finish and never being challenged after an early onslaught from Lowndes.

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