Lowndes scores first race win of 2011

  • Saturday 20th August, 2011 3:38pm
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Craig Lowndes has won Race 16 of the V8 Supercars Championship

Craig Lowndes has won Race 16 of the V8 Supercars Championship

Craig Lowndes has scored his first win of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship at Queensland Raceway.

The TeamVodafone driver led every lap of the race from pole position, crossing the line just under a second clear of Tim Slade after 22 laps.

Jamie Whincup dropped from his fourth place on the grid to run sixth into the first corner, but soon picked off the cars of Karl Reindler (Lap 1), Rick Kelly (Lap 4) and Lee Holdsworth (Lap 7).

Once released from the pack, the championship leader could not make any inroads on the two leaders.

Kelly went on to claim fourth from Steve Owen and Greg Murphy, while Holdsworth held off a charging Steven Johnson for seventh.

Johnson made significant gains from his 13th grid position, with team-mate James Moffat also benefiting from strong tyre life to finish 10th – 12 places ahead of his qualifying performance.

Garth Tander made progress from 20th throughout the race, but lost a potential top 10 finish thanks to a flat tyre on the penultimate lap following contact with Paul Dumbrell.

While Tander limped home 28th, Jason Bright was little better off – finishing 21st after an early off at Turn 6.

Following the race, the teams entered a 15 minute service window prior to the start of Race 17.

See below for the full race result

1TeamVodafoneCraig LowndesHolden Commodore VE22226:21.5763
2Lucky 7 RacingTim SladeFord Falcon FG2226:22.5513
3TeamVodafoneJamie WhincupHolden Commodore VE22226:28.4154
4Jack Daniel’s RacingRick KellyHolden Commodore VE22226:38.8654
5VIP PetfoodsSteve OwenHolden Commodore VE22226:43.4811
6Pepsi Max CrewGreg MurphyHolden Commodore VE22226:45.8399
7Fujitsu Racing GRMLee HoldsworthHolden Commodore VE22226:48.0069
8Jim Beam RacingSteven JohnsonFord Falcon FG2226:48.0341
9Fair Dinkum Sheds RacingKarl ReindlerHolden Commodore VE22226:49.4417
10Jim Beam RacingJames MoffatFord Falcon FG2226:50.3086
11SP Tools RacingShane Van GisbergenFord Falcon FG2226:52.0448
12Irwin RacingAlex DavisonFord Falcon FG2226:52.7147
13Orrcon Steel FPR FalconMark WinterbottomFord Falcon FG2226:53.5223
14The Bottle-O Racing TeamPaul DumbrellFord Falcon FG2226:53.5496
15Trading Post FPR FalconWill DavisonFord Falcon FG2226:54.6473
16Supercheap Auto RacingRussell IngallHolden Commodore VE22226:55.1183
17Jack Daniel’s RacingTodd KellyHolden Commodore VE22226:55.9491
18Stratco RacingDavid ReynoldsHolden Commodore VE22226:56.7640
19Fujitsu Racing GRMMichael CarusoHolden Commodore VE22226:58.4863
20Toll Holden Racing TeamJames CourtneyHolden Commodore VE22226:59.6601
21Team BocJason BrightHolden Commodore VE22226:59.8940
22Jana Living RacingJason BargwannaHolden Commodore VE22227:00.0673
23Triple F RacingDean FioreFord Falcon FG2227:00.4550
24Bundaberg RacingFabian CoulthardHolden Commodore VE22227:01.6857
25Wilson Security RacingTony D’AlbertoFord Falcon FG2227:04.3700
26Mother Energy Racing TeamJonathon WebbFord Falcon FG2227:10.8973
27Gulf Western Oil RacingWarren LuffHolden Commodore VE22227:20.2781
28Toll Holden Racing TeamGarth TanderHolden Commodore VE22227:45.0830




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