Jamie Whincup remains the only multiple race winner in 2011, as Team Vodafone dominated the opening race of the Trading Post Perth Challenge at Barbagallo Raceway.
Having led from start to finish, Whincup took a comfortable win from a chasing pack headed by team-mate Craig Lowdnes.
“It's a perfect day here in Perth and it's a great feeling to get this win,” said Whincup.
“We let everything slip in New Zealand, but we've worked hard and come back strong today.”
“Lowndes was coming at me hard at the end there, his car must have been better on its tyres. With the soft tyre tomorrow we may as well forget about today though!”
Lowndes pulled off one of the few moves of the race on lap 24 passing Will Davison to take second. This equalled his best race result of the season so far and put him into second place in the Championship standings.
After starting from the front row, Will Davison finished third, claiming his first podium for the Trading Post FPR team.
Storming his way from 16th on the grid, Shane van Gisbergen of SP Tools Racing was the big mover in the field finishing fourth, ahead of Jim Beam Racing's Steve Johnson. After a smart pit-stop and tyre strategy, van Gisbergen made five places in just 13 laps.
Brad Jones Racing drivers Jason Bright (Team BOC) and Karl Reindler (Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing) finished sixth and seventh, ahead of Orrcon Steel FPR's Mark Winterbottom, Jack Daniel's Racing's Rick Kelly and James Courtney of Toll Holden Racing Team.
Bottle-O Racing Team's Paul Dumbrell was the only driver not to finish after contact with Jim Beam Racing's James Moffat sent him into the sandtrap at the final turn.
Race 7 results:
|Pos||Entrant||Driver||Vehicle||Fastest Lap||Fastest Lap Time||Race Time||Laps||Points|
|1||TeamVodafone||Jamie Whincup||Commodore VE2||2||00:57:8751||49:38:6955||50||100|
|2||TeamVodafone||Craig Lowndes||Commodore VE2||2||00:58:1478||49:39:5996||50||92|
|3||Trading Post FPR Falcon||Will Davison||Falcon FG||2||00:58:0554||49:45:4352||50||86|
|4||SP Tools Racing||Shane van Gisbergen||Falcon FG||32||00:58:3391||49:46:8261||50||80|
|5||Jim Beam Racing||Steven Johnson||Falcon FG||3||00:58:2449||49:49:8195||50||74|
|6||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Commodore VE2||4||00:58:3212||49:53:5260||50||68|
|7||Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing||Karl Reindler||Commodore VE2||4||00:58:3069||49:56:3093||50||64|
|8||Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon||Mark Winterbottom||Falcon FG||3||00:58:4072||49:59:8181||50||60|
|9||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Commodore VE2||2||00:58:2777||50:00:6757||50||56|
|10||Toll Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Commodore VE2||4||00:58:3286||50:01:0117||50||52|
|11||Jana Living Racing||Jason Bargwanna||Commodore VE2||33||00:58:6797||50:09:3720||50||48|
|12||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Michael Caruso||Commodore VE2||4||00:58:5674||50:11:0469||50||46|
|13||Toll Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Commodore VE2||15||00:58:4418||50:11:4091||50||44|
|14||Supercheap Auto Racing||Russell Ingall||Commodore VE2||5||00:58:6199||50:11:8146||50||42|
|15||Pepsi Max Crew||Greg Murphy||Commodore VE2||34||00:58:3287||50:12:0009||50||40|
|16||Fujitsu Racing GRM||Lee Holdsworth||Commodore VE2||5||00:58:5493||50:12:8397||50||38|
|17||VIP Petfoods||Steve Owen||Commodore VE2||5||00:58:6963||50:13:0768||50||36|
|18||Jim Beam Racing||James Moffat||Falcon FG||25||00:58:4942||50:13:2693||50||34|
|19||Stratco Racing||David Reynolds||Commodore VE2||6||00:58:6128||50:14:5203||50||32|
|20||Mother Energy Racing Team||Jonathon Webb||Falcon FG||4||00:58:7392||50:15:2018||50||30|
|21||Irwin Racing||Alex Davison||Falcon FG||3||00:58:3886||50:18:9133||50||28|
|22||Lucky 7 Racing||Tim Slade||Falcon FG||15||00:58:4278||50:19:1384||50||26|
|23||Bundaberg Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Commodore VE2||4||00:58:5555||50:19:5492||50||24|
|24||Triple F Racing||Dean Fiore||Falcon FG||27||00:58:6131||50:29:3827||50||22|
|25||Wilson Security Racing||Tony D’Alberto||Commodore VE2||7||00:59:0123||50:33:5487||50||20|
|26||Gulf Western Oil Racing||Warren Luff||Commodore VE2||5||00:59:0889||50:07:1373||49||18|
|27||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Commodore VE2||5||00:58:7432||50:13:7217||49||16|
|DNF||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Paul Dumbrell||Falcon FG||5||00:58:5265||40:13:2864||40||0|