Spoils of victory: Jamie Whincup after winning his V8 Supercar event in Darwin. Photo: Edge PhotographicsJamie Whincup in the Red Bull Australia Commodore took all the chances that came his way during his victory in a 42-lap race in Darwin that was characterised by errors from his main challengers and crashes involving other front-runners.
It was a day of two halves for David Reynolds, the young Ford driver who had surprisingly snared pole position.
He led the first half of the race on Saturday, but when in second spot behind Whincup close to home he was knocked out of contention by his teammate Mark Winterbottom.
Shane van Gisbergen finished second and James Courtney third in an event run in two 21-lap heats with a 15-minute half-time interval.
Meanwhile, V8 Supercar fans can get ready to welcome a new manufacturer into the sport in the 2014 season when the Swedish auto-maker Volvo, now owned by China’s Zheijang Geely Holding Group, enters the Supercar show.
Volvo is set to formally announce its entry into the game on Monday at a product launch in Queensland for one of its road cars.
It is expected that the Melbourne-based GRM will be the team that runs Volvos in the championship next year.
The Swedish car-maker will become the fifth manufacturer in the sport which for so long was dominated by Ford and Holden.
But with Ford axing the Falcon and withdrawing from Australian manufacturing V8 officials are encouraging investment and manufacturer support.
Holden currently supplies the bulk of cars in the field, but the Falcons of FPR have performed strongly this weekend in Darwin.
Mercedes joined Nissan in the championship this year as V8’s Car of the Future program, which was designed to cut costs and allow new companies to gain a cheaper entry into racing, came to fruition.
The Volvo race cars will be known as the S60 Polestar. It is understood that GRM’s major sponsors, Fujitsu and Valvoline, will continue to back the Melbourne-based operation.
Volvo has enjoyed success in Australian touring car racing in the past, winning the ATCC in 1986 with a 240 driven by New Zealander Robbie Francevic.
The company also ran cars in the Australian Super Touring Championship when two of the sport’s biggest names, Jim Richards and Peter Brock, drove for the company.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.