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Whincup, Lowndes top V8 podiums in Perth

Whincup, Lowndes top V8 podiums in Perth
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| Motorsport News | Monday May 6 2013 6:47


The two-headed Holden monster has warmed up and is poised to yet again eat up the V8 Supercars field.

Holden teammates Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes have sealed a three-race cleansweep of the latest V8 Supercars round in Perth.

A day after Lowndes bagged a record-breaking 91st career victory, his Red Bull Racing partner was victorious in both 100km battles at Barbagallo Raceway.

In the process, Whincup won the overall round with a second-placing to Lowndes on Saturday and extended his championship lead over Ford's Will Davison to 65 points.

Jason Bright was third in another solid performance followed by Davison, David Reynolds and New Zealand pair Shane van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard.

Triple Eight Racing have won four of the past five team championships while Whincup has similarly dominated the drivers' championship to lift the title in those same years - with 2010 their only blemish.

The new Car of the Future design regulations introduced for 2013 had the desired result for V8 Supercars officials of evening out the competition when seven different drivers won the first nine races across the opening three rounds in Adelaide, Tasmania and New Zealand.

But the level playing field is starting to skew slightly.

Although Whincup was playing down his team's stark improvement when asked whether they're back in control as the category pacesetters.

"No I wouldn't say that," he said.

"We're certainly improving which is what it's all about.

"It was good this weekend to prove the hard work behind the scenes is paying off. Let's hope we can now maintain this for the rest of the year."

The 30-year-old Commodore VF pilot added that the new rules mean any advantages are difficult to engineer.

"The big teams can't do any more than any other team," said Whincup.

"It's not like Formula One where we can spend a few days in the wind tunnel and come up with a new wing or diffuser or something.

"It simply doesn't happen.

"It's just a matter of working on the car set-up and making the most of what you've got."

Whincup grabbed the lead from Lowndes in the third and final race of the weekend with an opportunistic move on lap 32 of the 41-lap showdown.

As soon as the race re-started following the second safety car deployment, Whincup swooped to hit the lead and hold off his 39-year-old teammate by a comfortable margin of 1.57sec.

In the process, Whincup won the overall round with a second-placing to Lowndes on Saturday and extended his championship lead over Ford's Will Davison to 65 points.

While disappointed to be outwitted by Whincup, seemingly in contrast to the bickering between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel that has divided Red Bull Racing's Formula One team, Lowndes was happy for his pit-lane partner.

"You always give your teammate a little bit more room than anyone else," said Lowndes.

"I just didn't get the drive off the corner and Jamie got a run quite early on the pit straight.

"It would have ended up disastrous if I had crammed him down."

Earlier, Whincup claimed a comfortable victory in the second race ahead of fellow Holden driver Bright and luckless Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom.

Perhaps in one positive for those chasing Whincup and Lowndes, the next round heads to a new venue on the schedule in Texas.

All of the 28-driver field will have to learn the intricacies of the massive 5.5km, 20-turn highly-technical track in Austin in preparation for the May 17-19 event.

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