Paul Dumbrell and Jamie Whincup celebrate after winning race 32 at the Gold Coast 600.
Paul Dumbrell and Jamie Whincup celebrate after winning race 32 at the Gold Coast 600. GETTY IMAGES

Gold Coast win has Jamie Whincup on track

JAMIE Whincup took home another surfboard, the Enduro Cup and has one hand on a sixth V8 Supercars trophy after winning race 32 on the Gold Coast.

The Red Bull Racing Australia star hurtled his Commodore around the tight street circuit with co-driver Paul Dumbrell to beat home Volvo's Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat, with Nissan's Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore in third place.

After running out of fuel with victory in sight at Bathurst in the previous round, and finishing second behind Shane van Gisbergen in race 31 on the Glitter Strip on Saturday, Whincup said it was a great feeling to stand on top of the podium at his home race.

"Any athlete competing at home wants to put in a good performance," he said.

"I've got family here and obviously have some friends in the stands so we pushed hard, worked hard last night and the car was fantastic."

Whincup, who now leads the series by 402 points with just rounds at Phillip Island and Sydney to go, said he would not be celebrating until the series was wrapped up.

"This is obviously a fairly pivotal round for the championship," he said. "We've come here and done a good job and given ourselves a good opportunity to grab that trophy at the end of the year.

"But there's still 600 points up for grabs - we're not counting our chickens yet. We're going to have to choke pretty heavily from here, it's possible, though."

After winning race one of the Enduro Cup at Sandown last month, and finishing fifth at Bathurst, the results on the Gold Coast gave Whincup and Dumbrell an easy win in that series.

While he didn't make the podium yesterday, van Gisbergen turned in arguably the drive of the day. In third place after a safety car restart, the Kiwi was handed a pit-lane drive through penalty for an overtaking issue which sent him back to 21st. Despite that, he charged home for fifth.

McLaughlin was again ultra competitive, saying he couldn't quite match it with Whincup and van Gisbergen, but felt he had Caruso's measure despite their battle in the closing laps.

"Compared with Jamie and Shane we did not quite have it, and even Caruso at the end, but I had a little bit to hold Michael off," he said.

"I am stoked for the boys and stoked to get a surfboard. It is one of the coolest trophies you can ever get."

Ford's No.1 driver Mark Winterbottom retained second place on the standings after limping over the line in 14th place - he had been as high as eighth but appeared to run out of fuel on the last lap.

- APN SPORTS BUREAU

STANDINGS

1: Jamie Whincup 2835 points

2: Mark Winterbottom 2433

3: Shane van Gisbergen 2357

4: Craig Lowndes 2331

5: Fabian Coulthard 2192



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