A clean sweep of the Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway has helped Jamie Whincup extend his lead in the 2011 V8 Supercar Championship Series.

14112011WhincupExtendsChampionship-(1).jpgWhincup now sits 194 points clear of teammate Craig Lowndes with just four races remaining.The TeamVodafone driver, who started from third on the grid for today's 200km race suffered wheelspin off the start and dropped a spot. He regained third by end of the opening lap and a slick pitstop on Lap19 saw him move into the race lead.

Whincup led to the chequered flag, taking his 51st race win and marking a major milestone for Holden, the manufacturer celebrating its 400th race win in the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Unable to get a clean lap during qualifying left Craig Lowndes to start from 15th on the grid.

Lowndes worked hard to move through the tight field and claimed ten positions on his way to finishing fifth.

TeamVodafone will now travel directly to Melbourne to prepare for the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge which will be held this weekend.

Top Ten Race 24 Results - Falken Tasmania Challenge

1. Jamie Whincup

2. Will Davison

3. Mark Winterbottom

4. Paul Dumbrell

5. Craig Lowndes

6. Garth Tander

7. Shane Van Gisbergen

8. Todd Kelly

9. Jonathon Webb

10. Fabian Coulthard

V8 Supercar Championship Standing: After Race 24 of 28

1. Jamie Whincup 2817

2. Craig Lowndes 2623

3. Mark Winterbottom 2215

4. Shane van Gisbergen 2201 ?

5. Garth Tander 2187

6. Will Davison 2096

7. Rick Kelly 1977

8. Lee Holdsworth 1713

9. Alex Davison 1664

10. Fabian Coulthard 1614

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