Lowndes takes points lead with Gold Coast win

  • Saturday 26th October, 2013 5:58pm
  • Author: Stefan Bartholomaeus ©
Craig Lowndes takes the chequered flag to win Race 30

Craig Lowndes takes the chequered flag to win Race 30

Craig Lowndes has taken the V8 Supercars Championship lead after combining with Warren Luff to win Race 30 at Surfers Paradise.

The result came despite an early puncture for Luff that forced the #888 Red Bull Holden into an unscheduled pitstop.

Early Safety Cars contributed to a complex strategic battle that did not shake out until Lowndes took the lead for good with less than 20 laps remaining.

Shane van Gisbergen and Jeroen Bleekemolen finished second. The Kiwi had led Lowndes ahead of their final stops, but lost track position with a longer fuel fill required.

Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards completed the podium, with the former holding off a charging Tony D’Alberto in the closing laps.

Winterbottom’s final stop had come earlier than planned after a loose window yielded a mechanical black flag.

Russell Ingall continued his strong street circuit form this season by finishing fifth alongside Ryan Briscoe after steering clear of trouble during a frantic race.

Race 30 was a disaster for erstwhile points leader Jamie Whincup, who watched on as co-driver Paul Dumbrell tangled with Greg Murphy in the early stages.

The contact put Murphy into the wall at the beachside chicane and immediately out of the race, while Dumbrell pulled his crumpled car over a short time later with a driveline failure.

Fabian Coulthard was another hard luck story having appeared set for a podium finish until a heavy kerb strike broke the right-front corner of the Brad Jones Racing Holden with less than 20 laps remaining.

All four Nissans ran strongly at the mid-point of the race, but an 11th for Rick Kelly/Karl Reindler would prove the team’s best result.

Michael Caruso’s Altima retired just after halfway following front-end damage caused by the circuit’s aggressive kerbs, while James Moffat pulled off with less than five to go with an engine failure while running ninth.

Others to strike trouble included McLaughlin/Perkins (electrical), Engel/Johnson (broken damper), A.Davison/McIntyre (contact between Alex and brother Will), Blanchard/Walsh (clutch) and Tander/Percat.

Tander and Percat had one of the fastest cars for the majority of the race, but lost two laps after the car stalled at its penultimate pitstop and failed to restart.

A second 300km leg will complete the Armor All Gold Coast 600 on Sunday.

See below for the full Race 30 result

1Red Bull Racing AustraliaC.Lowndes/W.LuffHolden Commodore VF10202:12:10.61
2TEKNO Team VIP PetfoodsS.Van Gisbergen/J.BleekemolenHolden Commodore VF10202:12:19.32
3Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordM.Winterbottom/S.RichardsFord Falcon FG10202:12:23.33
4Team HIFLEXT.D’Alberto/J.ReidHolden Commodore VF10202:12:23.70
5Supercheap Auto RacingR.Ingall/R.BriscoeHolden Commodore VF10202:12:28.85
6Pepsi Max Crew FPR FordW.Davison/S.OwenFord Falcon FG10202:12:36.72
7Wilson Security RacingD.Wall/C.PitherHolden Commodore VF10202:12:42.72
8The Bottle-O FPR FordD.Reynolds/D.CantoFord Falcon FG10202:12:44.09
9Wilson Security RacingC.Mostert/D.WoodFord Falcon FG10202:12:45.84
10TEKNO Team Darrell LeaJ.Webb/M.LiebHolden Commodore VF10202:12:46.14
11Jack Daniel’s RacingR.Kelly/K.ReindlerNissan Altima10202:12:46.57
12Irwin RacingL.Holdsworth/C.BairdMercedes E63 AMG10202:12:48.72
13Hogs Breath Cafe RacingS.Pye/P.MorrisHolden Commodore VF10202:13:02.57
14Fujitsu Racing GRMA.Premat/G.RitterHolden Commodore VF10202:13:05.02
15Heavy Haulage Australia RacingT.Slade/D.BrabhamMercedes E63 AMG10202:13:05.63
16Dodo Insurance RacingD.Fiore/M.HallidayHolden Commodore VF10102:12:12.07
17Jack Daniel’s RacingT.Kelly/D.RussellNissan Altima10102:12:14.40
18Holden Racing TeamG.Tander/N.PercatHolden Commodore VF9902:12:28.35
19Wilson Security RacingT.Blanchard/A.WalshFord Falcon FG9702:12:22.12
20Jeld-wen FPR FordA.Davison/J.McIntyreFord Falcon FG9702:12:48.45
21SP Tools RacingM.Engel/S.JohnsonMercedes E63 AMG9602:12:30.63
22Fujitsu Racing GRMS.McLaughlin/J.PerkinsHolden Commodore VF9202:13:04.37
DNFNorton HornetsJ.Moffat/T.DouglasNissan Altima9702:06:43.47
DNFLockwood RacingF.Coulthard/L.YouldenHolden Commodore VF8301:50:07.03
DNFNorton HornetsM.Caruso/D.GauntNissan Altima6001:22:14.26
DNFRed Bull Racing AustraliaPaul DumbrellHolden Commodore VF2128:45.00
DNFHolden Racing TeamGreg MurphyHolden Commodore VF1826:26.14

See below for the updated points after Race 30 (Top 28 only)

1Craig Lowndes2459
2Jamie Whincup2423
3Mark Winterbottom2410
4Will Davison2344
5Shane Van Gisbergen2052
6Fabian Coulthard2015
7Garth Tander1971
8Jason Bright1937
9James Courtney1909
10Scott McLaughlin1817
11Jonathon Webb1605
12David Reynolds1588
13Rick Kelly1383
14Alex Davison1377
15James Moffat1311
16Tony D’Alberto1273
17Russell Ingall1226
18Alexandre Premat1190
19Chaz Mostert1186
20Lee Holdsworth1070
21David Wall1055
22Tim Slade1019
23Dean Fiore979
24Michael Caruso959
25Scott Pye919
26Todd Kelly887
27Tim Blanchard871
28Maro Engel768


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