Just ten races in to the V8 Supercar season and it was a fifth win for Team Vodafone's Jamie Whincup at the Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria.

Starting from third, championship leader Whincup gained a spot on the track hauling in Fujitsu Racing GRM driver Lee Holdsworth on lap 13. Trailing Steven Johnson into the pit stops, Whincup's decision to pit early on lap 14, was an inspired one. Gaining an incredible five seconds, he rejoined the track ahead of the Jim Beam Racing driver, cleverly managing his tyres to lead the field home.

The win moves Whincup 220 points clear of team-mate Craig Lowndes, who started on pole but lost the lead on the first lap and ran off the road late in the race to finish eleventh.

“You never know what you are going to get at Winton,” said Whincup.

“I'm so happy to come back in the race. Our guys did an awesome pit stop and that's what got us out in front.”

In a thrilling drag race off the last corner, Holdsworth edged out Johnson to the line by just 0.03s to finish second, while Jack Daniels Racing's Rick Kelly and The Bottle-O Racing Team's Paul Dumbrell rounded out the top five.

Pit-stop strategies determined the final order with Irwin Racing's Alex Davison taking sixth after jumping four cars during the pit stop period and passing Toll Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander and Jason Bright late in the race. Team BOC driver, Bright, who pitted on lap 20, finished seventh, but the stand-out drive went to Toll Holden Racing Team's James Courtney. Having started in 19th, Courtney stayed out on the track until lap 23, before charging up the order over the closing laps to finish in eighth.

Orrcon Steel FPR's Mark Winterbottom and Bundaberg Racing's Fabian Coulthard rounded out the top 10.

The 67-lap race two takes place on Sunday (22 May), with a qualifying session to determine grid position before the race.

Race 10 results:

Pos Entrant Driver Vehicle Fastest Lap Fastest Lap Time Race Time Laps Points
1 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Commodore VE2 8 01:23:9994 01:01:09:0173 40 150
2 Fujitsu Racing GRM Lee Holdsworth Commodore VE2 6 01:23:9124 01:01:13:8551 40 138
3 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Falcon FG 6 01:23:6009 01:01:13:8881 40 129
4 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Commodore VE2 22 01:23:8958 01:01:16:7235 40 120
5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Paul Dumbrell Falcon FG 6 01:23:8996 01:01:19:4414 40 111
6 Irwin Racing Alex Davison Falcon FG 28 01:24:3280 01:01:21:9546 40 102
7 Team BOC Jason Bright Commodore VE2 23 01:23:8060 01:01:22:1059 40 96
8 Toll Holden Racing Team James Courtney Commodore VE2 25 01:23:6226 01:01:25:0216 40 90
9 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Mark Winterbottom Falcon FG 7 01:24:3317 01:01:27:0954 40 84
10 Bundaberg Racing Fabian Coulthard Commodore VE2 6 01:24:1789 01:01:27:9643 40 78
11 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Commodore VE2 20 01:23:5070 01:01:31:5075 40 72
12 Toll Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Commodore VE2 16 01:23:5518 01:01:32:6085 40 69
13 Trading Post FPR Falcon Will Davison Falcon FG 7 01:24:5393 01:01:33:3027 40 66
14 SP Tools Racing Shane van Gisbergen Falcon FG 24 01:23:6317 01:01:34:3913 40 63
15 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Falcon FG 19 01:23:5791 01:01:35:7469 40 60
16 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Commodore VE2 20 01:23:1047 01:01:36:1540 40 57
17 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Commodore VE2 19 01:24:0970 01:01:37:3030 40 54
18 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Commodore VE2 5 01:24:5258 01:01:37:6025 40 51
19 Jim Beam Racing James Moffat Falcon FG 22 01:24:4476 01:01:39:7854 40 48
20 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Commodore VE2 27 01:24:4667 01:01:45:3141 40 45
21 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Commodore VE2 28 01:24:9124 01:01:45:7433 40 42
22 Stratco Racing David Reynolds Commodore VE2 5 01:24:5054 01:01:46:8878 40 39
23 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Commodore VE2 21 01:24:1183 01:01:50:3232 40 36
24 Mother Energy Racing Team Jonathon Webb Falcon FG 29 01:24:7625 01:01:52:3274 40 33
25 Triple F Racing Dean Fiore Falcon FG 8 01:24:9118 01:02:15:2728 40 30
26 Wilson Security Racing Tony D’Alberto Commodore VE2 9 01:26:2861 01:02:11:2527 34 27
DNF Gulf Western Oil Racing Warren Luff Commodore VE2 1 02:01:6399 02:01:6399 1 0
DNF Jana Living Racing Jason Bargwanna Commodore VE2 00:00:0000 00:00:0000 0 0