21 Nov 2011

V8 Championship Whincup's to lose

5:50 am on 21 November 2011

This year's Australian V8 Supercar championship is Jamie Whincup's to lose.

The Holden driver goes into the final two races of the year in Sydney next month with a 188-point lead over Vodafone team-mate Craig Lowndes after victory at Sandown Raceway yesterday.

Whincup could secure the championship with fourth place or better in the opening race in Sydney on December 3rd, or simply by finishing ahead of Lowndes.

Best of the New Zealanders was Shane Van Gisbergen in sixth place - his second top-10 of the weekend for the Ford driver.

Van Gisbergen remains in fourth place overall on the championship table, only 35 points away from Mark Winterbottom on third.