HAMILTON: Given he’s dominated V8 Supercars for more than two years, it was no surprise Jamie Whincup took total control of the Hamilton 400 event yesterday. But the manner of his sixth victory in eight championship races this season still left the TeamVodafone driver beaming and his rivals reeling.Whincup made it a perfect two from two there and was in a league of his own on the 3.4-kilometre NZ street circuit, finishing almost seven seconds – a country mile in V8 Supercars – clear of Holden Racing Team driver Garth Tander. The defending champion passed pole-sitter Tander in the 10th of 59 laps.”It’s right up there,” Whincup replied when asked how yesterday’s victory stacked up against his previous 37 career wins. ”The car was as good as it has ever felt, it was really nice to drive. I just had to keep the thing straight and when the car’s that quick you don’t have to drive it hard and that, of course, saves the tyres. It [the win] was right up there.”Tander was forced to give up on chasing Whincup and merely ensure he finished best of the rest, with Fujitsu Racing driver Michael Caruso coming in a distant third.The 2007 champion, who is the only man to win a championship race this year aside from Whincup, admitted there’s little he can do to stop his Holden rival at the moment.”I’ve followed Jamie around a little bit this year now,” Tander said.The next round is at Queensland Raceway from April 30 to May 2.AAP
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