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Courtney extends victory run

James Courtney wins again at Winton to extend victory run
The V8 Supercar Championship Series has a new leader and Jim Beam Racing's James Courtney has vowed to finish the job.

On a second dramatic day at Winton Raceway, Courtney became the most dominant driver of the second quarter of the season, virtually replicating the perfect start to the Championship of Jamie Whincup with four straight race wins.

Courtney's win – and 24th for Whincup after he was shoved into a dirt trap, ironically by one of Courtney's team-mates Jonathon Webb - combined to give Courtney a strong 114 point lead in the Championship leading into the next event in Darwin.

Whincup's Team Vodafone team-mate Craig Lowndes was second having led the majority of the race from Courtney which he couldn't hold to the end, while Fujitsu Racing's Lee Holdsworth finished a great third to put both team cars in the top five.

Jack Daniel's Racing's Rick Kelly was fourth having secured the first Armor All Pole position of the reasonably new team earlier in the day.

It's the first time since Phillip Island in 2008 that Whincup has not led the Championship and the talk afterwards was all about how he would handle the change mentally.

“It would piss me off a little if I was winning all the time and then I wasn't,” Courtney said.

“He's someone I don't really talk to. I'm doing my own thing slugging my way out at the front. He has had really good starts to the season and then consolidated that. He's had quite and easy run and it's the first time in a long while he has had someone challenge him.

“Everyone's got pressure on them. It's not a matter of more pressure if you are at the front or the back, the pressure is part of life and always there.

“There's no reason why we can't (win). We have got great car speed at the moment and everyone is working really well together. Momentum is a beautiful thing so we'll keep that rolling.”

No-one knows Whincup better than Lowndes who said he will come out swinging.

“I'm sure he is disappointed as anybody who loses the lead in the Championship would be,” Lowndes said.

“He will work and dig harder now than he was before. He will come out punching, he will come out fighting and as James said we all have different pressures.



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Phil C. - Unregistered

May 19, 2010 9:52 AM

Whincup was not shoved into the sandtrap by Courtney's team mate. Whincup had already clipped Paul Dumbrell and punctured the tyre and was heading for the sandtrap. Whincup has said so himself. Webb did however tag him on the way through. Courtney has come from being over-rated by his peers to Championship leader this year. Keep it up Courtney, Johnson, DJR & Ford!



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