21 Feb 2010

Whincup makes it two-from-two

6:45 am on 21 February 2010

The youngest driver in the field, New Zealander Shane Van Gisbergen, has finished third in his Stone Brothers Ford in the final race of the Australian V8 Supercars season-opening event in Abu Dhabi.

The Holden driver Jamie Whincup won the 200km race after winnng the first, the two-time champion sending clear message that he remains the man to stop despite his team's off-season switch from Ford.

The pole-sitter Mark Winterbottom's failure to get off to a clean start in his Ford Performance Racing Falcon, handed Whincup the early lead.

Winterbottom recovered from his sluggish start to claim second.