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Jamie Whincup has overcome a ninth-place starting position to become the first man to clean sweep the wins in a weekend at the Sucrogen Townsville 400 in North Queensland.

He led home teammate Craig Lowndes for a 1-2, with Ford's Will Davison rounding out the podium after 200-kilometres of racing.

It was Whincup's fifth race win of the season, and the 57th of his career.

"As the race played out I just kept chipping away ... they called me a bit soft after Darwin so I thought I'll go pretty hard and give it all I've got," said Whincup.

"The rear tyres were pretty shot at the end there!"

Lowndes made a desperate lunge on Whincup in the closing laps but couldn't make the move stick and had to hang on for second.

He may well rue a small mistake he made earlier in the race when he lost a position to Whincup after accidentally engaging the pit lane speed limiter. "We tried to do the same as we did in Darwin and save the best set of tyres for the end but the safety cars buggered up the routine," explained Lowndes.

"Jamie drove a really hard race. I wasn't going to give him an inch but we had a good dice!"

Will Davison led home the Ford Performance Racing trio, capitalising on a good pitstop mid-race that gave him track position ahead of his teammates.

"I missed a couple of apexes watching the battle ahead of me .. I had the best seat in the house but I was ready to capitalise if they had a mishap!" said Davison.

"I have to thank my boys because I've been a bit of a pain this weekend and haven't been at my best. We had a tough day yesterday so it was a massive turnaround today."

A small mistake from Reynolds after the restart allowed Holden Racing Team's Garth Tander through and relegated the pole-sitter to sixth.

Tander charged through from 13th on the grid to an eventual fourth place after passing Mark Winterbottom in the dying laps.

His HRT teammate James Courtney reached the race lead early on his soft tyres, but faded to 15th with bent steering late in the race.

Shane van Gisbergen, Tekno teammates Jonathon Webb and Michael Patrizi, and Jason Bright rounded out the top ten.

After starting fourth, Fabian Coulthard made contact with Rick Kelly, sending both to the garage.

Coulthard returned to the track but mechancal dramas resurfaced and he stopped on track, bringing out the first and only safety car on lap 60.

Supercheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall failed to finish due to heavy contact with Lee Holdsworth on the opening lap.