“There's an advantage on the soft tyres under brakes. You've got to be strong but you've also got to be there to put the pressure on.
“It means a lot to the team. It's something they've been longing for in the three years of being in V8 Supercars. It puts more confidence in ourselves and now we are putting more faith in each other.”
Garth Tander, winner yesterday, suffered badly with a damaged tyre which threw his entire race strategy out the window. He went from the front of the grid yesterday and race victory to being two laps down after just 18 gone. He battled home for 13th.
Champion Whincup was quick to bounce back from what he would have considered a disappointing eighth place in the first race by taking Armor All Pole Position today.
“Yesterday we had a really quick car but Garth did a great job - we never really got a good opportunity,” Whincup said.
The race became manic after 62 laps when rookie Dale Wood tangled with Jim Beam Racing James Courtney who, for the second time this weekend, had his race ended by horrible luck.
Courtney and Wood touched forcing the former spinning sideways on the final corner, through the dirt and slamming into the concrete barrier along the main straight. Courtney wasn't happy.
“I don't know what he was thinking,” Courtney said “He saw I was there, I don't know what he was trying to achieve, I do know he needs to take a good hard look at himself.”
The Series now moves to the SKYCITY Triple Crown at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway from June 19-21.