7 Dec 2008

Whincup wraps up V8 Supercar championship

6:17 am on 7 December 2008

The Ford driver Jamie Whincup has clinched the V8 Supercar championship with a comfortable victory in race one of the final round of this year's series at Sydney's Oran Park.

Whincup holds an unassailable championship lead with two races remaining for the year.

It is Whincup's maiden championship and makes amends for his narrow defeat in the 2007 title, when he was beaten by two points by Holden's Garth Tander.

Whincup got off to a flying start from third position on the grid, managing to pass pole-sitter Tander and Ford teammate Craig Lowndes to take the lead by the first turn.

While Tander did manage to pass him on lap two, the Holden driver was hit with a stop-go penalty - officials ruling he had jumped the start.

Whincup inherited the race lead, and was able to enjoy a pressure-free ride through to the finish to secure the title.