Hot Holdens Head Field At Ipswich 400

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The Red Bull racers will be hard to beat in the Ipswich 400! Image courtesy of: v8supercars.com.au

The V8 Supercars are in Queensland this weekend for the Ipswich 400.  There are three races to be run - two 100km contests on Saturday and a 200km event on Sunday.

Holdens dominate the TattsBet market ahead of the opening race, with nine Commodores in the top 12 in betting, along with two Falcons and a Volvo.

He might have slipped to second favourite to win another Drivers' Championship, but Jamie Whincup  heads the market for Race 1, ahead of his Red Bull team mate Craig Lowndes . Whincup makes his 150th championship round appearance at Queensland Raceway, which is his home test track and where he made his Supercar debut in 2002 and notched his first V8 pole five years later. Lowndes might be sixth in the Championship, some 282 points behind Mark Winterbottom , but watch out for an 'Amberley ambush'. The veteran loves this track, having won 11 times on the circuit. Next best is Garth Tander  with five victories.

Leading the Championship by 96 points from Whincup, Winterbottom commands respect. However, his problem is Ford haven't claimed pole at all in 2014 and keep giving their rivals a start. In fact, the last time a Falcon started from pole position was at Phillip Island in November last year and that was Frosty himself. In 24 races since, Fords haven't been able to secure the premier starting position! Well, I suppose they're due!     

Beware of Volvo driver Scott McLauchlin , particularly when he's not taking a leisurely Sunday afternoon cruise (gloves, cap, sunnies and scarf on) around Willowbank in his Swedish bombshell! McLaughlin won Race 2 here last year, after Whincup took the chequered flag in the opener.

But it was the victory in the final race by Chaz Mostert  which created the big headlines. It was the 22-year-old's first success in the Supercar Series and the youngster from Toowoomba is looking for more home state success.




Chris Bombolas, Tatts Senior Sports Writer

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