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Craig Lowndes took a dominant victory over team-mate Jamie Whincup in the third and final race of the weekend at Symmons Plains. He battled very hard during the race and it was a pay back to Lowndes after his team mate took him out in race four. Then later was sent to the back of the grid for a technical infringement in race five.
“Lowndesy had an absolute rocket… he was too quick today,” Whincup, who finished second, said getting out of the car.
The championship leader took the ascendancy from pole-sitter Whincup off the grid.
“It’s a credit to all the guys from Red Bull Racing,” Craig said. “The car was brilliant.”
With track position determining the strategies at Red Bull, Whincup joined several others in pitting at the end of the opening lap.
The move ensured the duo ran off-sequence for the early part of the race, an insurance policy against a Safety Car period.
Once the second stops were complete with 37 of the 84 laps remaining, Lowndes enjoyed a near 10 second lead, after which he controlled the race to the flag.
Whincup secured second from James Courtney and Will Davison, who beat Fabian Coulthard to fourth by just 0.12s.
James Courtney said, “There are a few little things on the car this weekend that I felt improved it from what we had at Clipsal. But it’s still a big hill to climb to challenge these guys on track performance without them dropping the ball.”
“We have got our head down, we know what we have to do and the good thing is someone has turned the light on in the dark. We are a lot better balanced and focussed team at the moment.
“They are still clearly the benchmark and what we are chasing. You have to have some sort of goal and someone to chase so we are after them.”
James finished Second in Race Four and Third in Race Six. Race Five saw him start in P16 and finished in P10.
The entire 84 lap, 200km journey ran green for its duration, with each car completing two stops to appease the compulsory fuel drop requirement.
Much of the race’s interest focussed on the battle for second, with Whincup – on older tyres – holding off McLaughlin and Courtney during the second stints.
Courtney emerged from his final stop narrowly ahead of McLaughlin, with minor contact between the pair as the HRT Commodore rejoined tweaking the Volvo’s steering.
McLaughlin was subsequently unable to hold off Davison and Coulthard, who ran long first and second stints in order to have fresher rubber for the end.
Shane van Gisbergen and Tim Slade finished within five seconds of fourth place in seventh and eighth respectively, while Mark Winterbottom and David Reynolds salvaged ninth and 10th from a tough day for FPR.
See below for the full Race 6 result
|1||Red Bull Racing Australia||Craig Lowndes||Holden Commodore VF||84||01:15:08.32|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore VF||84||01:15:13.72|
|3||Holden Racing Team||James Courtney||Holden Commodore VF||84||01:15:18.42|
|4||Erebus Motorsport V8||Will Davison||Mercedes E63 AMG||84||01:15:21.35|
|5||Lockwood Racing||Fabian Coulthard||Holden Commodore VF||84||01:15:21.48|
|6||Valvoline Racing GRM||Scott McLaughlin||Volvo S60||84||01:15:25.81|
|7||Team Tekno VIP Petfoods||Shane Van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore VF||84||01:15:26.54|
|8||Supercheap Auto Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore VF||84||01:15:26.85|
|9||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Mark Winterbottom||Ford Falcon FG||84||01:15:27.23|
|10||The Bottle-O Racing Team||David Reynolds||Ford Falcon FG||84||01:15:28.25|
|11||Repair Management Aust Racing||Russell Ingall||Holden Commodore VF||84||01:15:29.78|
|12||Erebus Motorsport V8||Lee Holdsworth||Mercedes E63 AMG||84||01:15:36.57|
|13||Wilson Security Racing||David Wall||Ford Falcon FG||84||01:15:37.43|
|14||Ford Pepsi Max Crew||Chaz Mostert||Ford Falcon FG||84||01:15:40.04|
|15||Heavy Haulage Australia||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore VF||84||01:15:41.86|
|16||Wilson Security Racing||Scott Pye||Ford Falcon FG||84||01:15:45.19|
|17||Team BOC||Jason Bright||Holden Commodore VF||84||01:15:47.59|
|18||Team JELD-WEN||Jack Perkins||Ford Falcon FG||84||01:15:56.63|
|19||Norton Hornets||Michael Caruso||Nissan Altima||83||01:15:08.88|
|20||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||83||01:15:09.43|
|21||Jack Daniel’s Racing||Todd Kelly||Nissan Altima||83||01:15:10.20|
|22||Norton Hornets||James Moffat||Nissan Altima||83||01:15:16.68|
|23||Valvoline Racing GRM||Robert Dahlgren||Volvo S60||83||01:15:32.54|
|24||Team Advam/GB||Dale Wood||Holden Commodore VF||83||01:15:59.68|
|25||Holden Racing Team||Garth Tander||Holden Commodore VF||73||01:15:24.43|
See below for the updated points standings
|6||Shane Van Gisbergen||389|