20 February 2010
Whincup does the double for Team Vodafone at Yas Marina
Not satisfied with merely his opening victory the previous day, early-season V8 Supercars pace-setter Jamie Whincup has left Abu Dhabi with a perfect score after making it two-out-of-two at Yas Marina
Pace-setter Jamie Whincup has used the spectacular Yas V8 400 in Abu Dhabi to signal his intent of claiming a record third straight V8 Supercar Championship by winning race two of the season-opening event to complete the weekend double.
Whincup returned to Holden after four years of driving for Ford with his slick TeamVodafone outfit this season, but didn't miss a beat in Abu Dhabi with a four-second victory over Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom, making it a perfect two wins from two starts to open the year.
"The car was bullet-proof, and we were sort of in control from the start," Whincup said.
"I am almost in shock from what has panned out this weekend. Having a brand-new car, a brand-new circuit and to almost have a perfect weekend, well that's good enough. It is just an amazing feeling.
"We have five or six little issues that you can't see from the outside that we're going to have to improve before too long, but it's all pretty good - I can't believe I've won two from two."
Ford's Winterbottom, the pole-sitter in today's race, paid the price for a slow start which allowed Whincup a chance to take the lead into the first corner, and did well to make the podium after dropping down to fifth in the early stages.
"We [still] take good confidence in there," Winterbottom said.
"With the improvements we are making and the way the car is I am pretty happy with what we have done this weekend. The car is straight, which is important as we have got a race in a week so that was the goal. Get points, try to improve the car and go to Bahrain and have a harder go.
"We have got what we have got at the moment and we will try to make that the best of what that is, and new bits will come on for Adelaide and then new bits come on again. It is exciting what we have got coming, but we use what we have got. Bahrain has been nice to us so we shall see what happens."
SP Tool's Shane Van Gisbergen, the youngest driver in the field at just 20, finished third, setting the fastest lap of the race along the way.
"Later in last year, I was a lot more consistent and made less mistakes, and I feel I'm maturing a lot more like that, being more consistent and racing a lot cleaner," Van Gisbergen said.
Tagged as: Jamie Whincup , win , Abu Dhabi , Yas Marina , Team Vodafone , Mark Winterbottom , Ford Performance Racing , Shane van Gisbergen , Yas V8 400 , V8 Supercar Championship , SP Tool
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