Motorsport Wrap for Monday 23rd Nov 2009
WHINCUP CLOSE TO CLINCHING TITLE
Ford's Jamie Whincup looks certain to claim back to back V8 Supercar titles after Will Davison, his nearest rival for the title, crashed out at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway on Sunday.
Whincup finished fourth to Team Vodafone teammate Craig Lowndes in the 84-lap race to make his series lead virtually unassailable with two races remaining in the season.
Lowndes used a set of near-new sprint tyres to finish ahead of Ford's Steven Johnson and Holden's Garth Tander.
Holden driver Davison admitted he was "shattered" by a freak incident in which his car skidded on oil from an earlier accident near pit lane, causing him to hit a tyre wall and damage the steering.
Davison's failure to finish after the crash means Whincup now holds a 281-point championship lead. With 300 points on offer in the final round in Sydney next month, Whincup just needs to finish one of those races to claim the 2009 V8 title.