Newcastle Supercars: Whincup wins as DJR Penske earns teams' title

Andrew van Leeuwen
Whincup wins finale, DJR Penske earns teams' title
Whincup wins finale, DJR Penske earns teams' title

Jamie Whincup rounded out the Supercars season with a comfortable victory over Fabian Coulthard, while DJR Team Penske secured the 2019 teams' championship.

Whincup was untroubled throughout the 95-lap affair, his final winning margin over DJR Team Penske's Coulthard 2.1 seconds.

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But even a second race win of the weekend wasn't enough to earn Triple Eight anything beyond bragging rights, the Penske Ford squad sealing the teams' championship.

"I'm really proud of everyone, they fought hard until the end," said Whincup.

"We didn't have that much performance at the start of the year, but we chipped away and two wins this weekend for the team gives us confidence going into next year that we can certainly be contenders.

"It wasn't much of a [title] battle, unfortunately car #17 disappeared up the road a bit, but hopefully we can take it to them next year.

"Congratulations to Scotty, he did a great a job."

Tim Slade, out of contract and likely to be on the way out of Brad Jones Racing, ended a difficult season on a high note with his first podium since Albert Park back in March.

Whincup made light work of the start, comfortably beating Cam Waters to Turn 1 to settle into the lead.

At the same time team-mates Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin effectively went side-by-side through the first corner and up the chute to Turn 2 as they squabbled over third place, a battle for both position and pit priority that Coulthard was able to narrowly win.

Waters didn't spend much of the first stint staring at Whincup's rear wing, pitting early in search of clean air.

McLaughlin did likewise 10 laps later, Whincup and Coulthard continuing - separated by around 4s - until the safety car made its first appearance of the weekend on Lap 24.

The safety car intervention came courtesy of Anton De Pasquale burying his Holden in the wall, the outcome of an unsuccessful attempt to hold off James Courtney on his out-lap. The contact wasn't good news for Courtney either, his WAU Holden left with a puncture.

Things only got worse for the 2010 series champion Courtney from there, an unsafe release after pitting for a new tyre resulting in a penalty.

With Whincup and Coulthard both stopping during the safety car, Waters and McLaughlin filtered back to the front for the lap 30 restart.

Waters, on the oldest rubber in the field, did well to keep McLaughlin behind him until making his second stop on lap 49, which dumped him back in the pack.

Whincup and Coulthard made their second stops a lap later, using their fuel advantages from the first stint to reclaim effective control of the race, before McLaughlin pitted again on lap 51.

The recently-crowned champion emerged on a strategic collision course with Slade and Scott Pye.

The former managed to jump McLaughlin with his lap 52 stop, while the latter came out right on the back of the trio after coming in five laps later.

Out from there was no stopping Whincup across the final stint, the Triple Eight driver avoiding a repeat of Saturday's mistake as he cruised to a 2.1s win over Coulthard.

There were no changes behind the top two either, Slade managing to pull clear of McLaughlin to the tune of 1.5s, as Pye ended up a second behind the Shell Mustang.

Chaz Mostert charged past team-mate Waters in the final stint to end up sixth in his final appearance for Tickford.

Shane van Gisbergen, who started back in 21st, got past Waters too after a thrilling late battle, the pair finishing seventh and eighth.

Race result - 93 laps

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Gap

1

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight

Holden

1h57m09.2414s

2

Fabian Coulthard

DJR Penske

Ford

2.1246s

3

Tim Slade

Brad Jones

Holden

3.8028s

4

Scott McLaughlin

DJR Penske

Ford

5.2967s

5

Scott Pye

Walkinshaw

Holden

6.2530s

6

Chaz Mostert

Tickford

Ford

11.6703s

7

Shane van Gisbergen

Triple Eight

Holden

18.6404s

8

Cameron Waters

Tickford

Ford

19.3221s

9

Nick Percat

Brad Jones

Holden

19.7158s

10

Todd Hazelwood

Matt Stone

Holden

23.7303s

11

James Courtney

Walkinshaw

Holden

24.6057s

12

Andre Heimgartner

Kelly

Nissan

31.7828s

13

Will Davison

23Red Racing

Ford

35.9773s

14

Mark Winterbottom

Schwerkolt

Holden

38.7912s

15

Richie Stanaway

GRM

Holden

40.8136s

16

David Reynolds

Erebus

Holden

42.9704s

17

Jack Le Brocq

Tekno

Holden

50.6396s

18

Simona de Silvestro

Kelly

Nissan

1m04.2108s

19

Rick Kelly

Kelly

Nissan

1m09.6607s

20

James Golding

GRM

Holden

1 Lap

21

Macauley Jones

Blanchard/BJR

Holden

1 Lap

22

Garry Jacobson

Kelly

Nissan

1 Lap

23

Lee Holdsworth

Tickford

Ford

10 Laps

-

Anton De Pasquale

Erebus

Holden

Retirement

Drivers' championship

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Scott McLaughlin

3872

2

Shane van Gisbergen

3310

3

Jamie Whincup

3208

4

Fabian Coulthard

3058

5

Chaz Mostert

2879

6

David Reynolds

2694

7

Cameron Waters

2588

8

Will Davison

2495

9

Nick Percat

2445

10

Lee Holdsworth

2428

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