Whincup on course to seal Larry Perkins Trophy

  • 25/03/2018
  • By Mitchell Adam
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Jamie Whincup is in the box seat to add the inaugural Larry Perkins Trophy to his already-large array of Supercars silverware.

With a pair of second-place finishes and a victory in the first three legs of the Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 at Albert Park, Whincup leads the points entering the 13-lap final.

Honouring ex-Formula 1 driver and six-time Bathurst 1000 winner Perkins, the new trophy marks the start of points-paying Supercars races at the Australian Grand Prix.

Whincup has 234 points to his name to lead the weekend’s other two race winners in Scott Pye on 192 and Scott McLaughlin on 186.

With 50 points on the line on Sunday, Pye and McLaughlin are the only possible challengers for the accolade, even if their chances require another victory and a Whincup DNF.

Larry Perkins with the new trophy Larry Perkins with the new trophy

Seven-time Supercars champion Whincup has also won the Peter Brock Trophy four times at Bathurst and the Jason Richards Trophy twice, including the most-recent Pukekohe event last November.

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver will lead the field away on Sunday, with Pye to start fifth and McLaughlin ninth.

Behind McLaughlin in third, Fabian Coulthard, Nick Percat, Shane van Gisbergen and Tim Slade are all covered by just 17 points.

The Albert Park points system means only a points penalty would stop van Gisbergen heading to the next event at Symmons Plains without the Supercars championship lead.

With 50 points on offer in Sunday’s final sprint, van Gisbergen leads McLaughlin by 71, while Whincup has moved up from 18th to seventh - 128 adrift - in recent days.

This weekend's final race, the sixth of the 2018 Supercars season, starts at 1:45pm.

Larry Perkins Trophy points after three races

PosDriverPoints
1Jamie Whincup234
2Scott Pye192
3Scott McLaughlin186
4Fabian Coulthard175
5Nick Percat174
6Shane Van Gisbergen164
7Chaz Mostert160
8Tim Slade158
9Cameron Waters141
10James Courtney135
11Mark Winterbottom134
12David Reynolds129
13Michael Caruso112
14Craig Lowndes106
15Will Davison101
16Garth Tander95
17Rick Kelly94
18Anton de Pasquale86
19Tim Blanchard86
20Lee Holdsworth84
21Andre Heimgartner81
22Jack Le Brocq69
23James Golding68
24Todd Hazelwood60
25Richie Stanaway42
26Simona De Silvestro11
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