Reigning V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup marks his renaissance in form by clinching his second win of the Auckland 500 weekend as 2015 title hopeful Craig Lowndes made it a Red Bull Racing Australia one-two at the Pukekohe Raceway.

Whincup's 94th win in the series was an emotional one after clinching the Jason Richards Memorial Trophy for scoring the most amount of points over the New Zealand event.

The six-time champion started the 69 lap race on the front row alongside home hero Scott McLaughlin. But just as his Red Bull team mate Lowndes did yesterday, Whincup swept around the pole man and into the lead as the green flag fell.

However, the main development of the opening lap came when championship leader Mark Winterbottom found himself tagged into a spin when sitting directly behind one of his main title rivals Lowndes.

Lowndes and David Reynolds both took advantage of the Pepsi Max Crew driver's predicament by scoring valuable points in second and fourth. Winterbottom retained his championship after salvaging points in eleventh.

The reigning Bathurst champion's run to second position was made all the more impressive following his Triple Eight Holden squad's superb overnight stint to repair the damaged Commodore from yesterday's second race.

DJR Team Penske's Scott Pye finally converted the Ford outfit's promising credentials into his best result of the season and joined Whincup and Lowndes on the podium in third.

Michael Caruso once again led the Nissan charge in fifth ahead of Volvo Polestar Racing's McLaughlin, who fell from pole position to sixth at the Kiwi's home event.

Freightliner Racing's Fabian Coulthard trailed his compatriot five-seconds further down the road in seventh while Lee Holdsworth, Shane Van Gisbergen and Garth Tander completed the top ten in eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.

 

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