Motorsport: Six-time champ Jamie Whincup hits 100 career race wins

By Ed Jackson

The six-time champion reached his ton with victory in the 200km race at Sydney Motorsport Park yesterday. Photo / Getty Images
The six-time champion reached his ton with victory in the 200km race at Sydney Motorsport Park yesterday. Photo / Getty Images

Holden's Jamie Whincup has become the second driver in Supercars history to claim 100 career race wins.

The six-time champion reached his ton with victory in the 200km race at Sydney Motorsport Park yesterday.

Whincup, who finished second in Saturday's race, jumped veteran Craig Lowndes in the pits midway through to streak to his third win of the year.

The Red Bull Racing star leads the championship standings with 2109 points, 137 ahead of teammate Shane Van Gisbergen (1972) in second.

Lowndes, celebrating an unprecedented 600th career start, came home second after leading for the early part of the race.

The 42-year-old is the only other driver to have posted 100 wins and holds the record with 105 victories.

But Whincup has taken far less time to reach the milestone, with the 33-year-old's 100th race win coming in just his 398th start.

Ford's Chaz Mostert, who started from pole position, finished third as his wait for a win in 2016 continues.

Kiwi driver Van Gisbergen, who won Saturday's race, finished fifth after a run-in with Volvo's James Moffat on lap 48.

Moffat was issued a drive-through penalty for his role in the accident, which cost him a top 10 finish.

Defending series champion Mark Winterbottom has relinquished third place in the title standings to Lowndes after completing a shocking weekend with a 14th-placed finish.

Van Gisbergen was rapt after winning on Saturday and keeping Whincup stuck on 99 wins.

"I made one mistake at turn one and had to defend, but other than that, it was pretty cool, I enjoyed that one," the New Zealander said.

The next round of the championship is the Sandown 500 on September 18.

- AAP

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