22 Feb 2020
Jamie Whincup has led from start to finish in the opening race of the Superloop Adelaide 500.
At no point did Whincup – comfortably lapping tenths of a second faster for the first stint of the race – look like surrendering his lead thanks to his Red Bull Holden rocketship.
By the time all drivers had completed their second pit stop, Whincup was over eight seconds in front of reigning Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin and cruised to the line with a rival barely in sight.
It’s a remarkable victory for the veteran Whincup, who recently confirmed he would continue his driving career into 2021 after much speculation on his future.
The win continues his record as the most successful driver at the circuit with Saturday’s victory marking his eleventh win at the season opener.
It was also 30th race victory for the Holden brand at its ‘home’ event, following a difficult week for the Adelaide-born manufacturer with parent company General Motors confirming it would retire the brand by 2021.
Whincup was understandably happy with the result, though knows the traditional 'event' win comes on the podium of the Sunday race.
"I've got to dedicate this one to Holden," Whincup said.
"It's been a bloody tough week for everyone involved and great to get a win.
"The car was excellent, we made the most of pole position. [Shell V-Power Racing] are fast, but obviously we had track position, we were up the road a little bit."
Race 2 gets underway at 3:20pm on Sunday afternoon, followed by the final after race concert headlined by Hilltop Hoods and joined by Illy and GFlip.
MORE FROM SUPERLOOP ADELAIDE 500
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