Lowndes and Skaife score big L&H 500 win

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Sunday 12th September, 2010 - 5:17pm

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Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife have won the L&H 500 at Phillip Island

Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife have won the L&H 500 at Phillip Island

Experience was the winner at Phillip Island today, with Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife winning the L&H 500 – the first of the V8 Supercars Championship Series endurance races.

Lowndes and Skaife, the most experienced driver combination in the V8 field, took a comfortable win, ahead of Mark Winterbottom/Luke Youlden (Orrcon Steel FPR) and Jason Richards/Andrew Jones (Team BOC).

Victory for Lowndes, driving his brand-new Commodore VE II, has moved him from sixth to fourth in the Championship standings.

TeamVodafone was on course for a dominating one-two result until the #1 Jamie Whincup/Steve Owen entry suffered a mechanical problem – a vibrating front splitter caused an issue with the oil cooler.

Whincup’s woes brought a smile to title leader’s James Courtney’s face, although the Jim Beam Racing driver couldn’t capitalise as much as he would have liked. Courtney was running inside the top 10, but fading tyres saw him take a trip through the sand trap, eventually fading to 12th. Regardless, his championship lead has now extended to 179 points ahead of next month’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Podium finishers Winterbottom and Richards ran in the reverse position for most of the final portion of the race before Winterbottom executed a move with three laps remaining. It is the first podium finish for both of their team-mates Youlden and Jones respectively.

The #8 Team BOC car had a wheel nut issue at its first pit stop, and by the end of the race had completed five pit stops, including a drive-through penalty. A risky catch-up strategy paid dividends …

Fourth place went to Jack Daniel’s Racing’s Rick and Owen Kelly. The #15 car led the opening stint of the race, eventually finishing 14 seconds off the lead.

Wilson Security Racing’s Tim Slade and Jack Perkins both picked up their best V8 Supercars results with a fine fifth, ahead of another personal best for Jonathon Webb and David Russell (Mother Energy Drinks Falcon).

Webb survived a late-race clash with Paul Dumbrell (The Bottle-O Racing Falcon). Both continued, seeing Dumbrell/Dean Canto take seventh.

Rounding out the top 10 was Russell Ingall/Paul Morris (Supercheap Auto Racing), Garth Tander/Cameron McConville (Toll Holden Racing Team) and Alex Davison/David Brabham (IRWIN Racing Falcon).

The race featured just two Safety Car periods. Trading Post Racing’s Jason Bright went off the circuit at turn three early in the race, before Lee Holdsworth suffered a punctured front left Dunlop at turn one, skating off the road at top speed.

The next round of the V8 Championship Series heads to Mount Panorama for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 (October 7-10).

Race result; L&H 500 Phillip Island

1 888 C.Lowndes/M.Skaife 113
2 5 M.Winterbottom/L.Youlden 113
3 8 J.Richards/A.Jones 113
4 15 R.Kelly/O.Kelly 113
5 47 T.Slade/J.Perkins 113
6 19 J.Webb/David Russell 113
7 55 P.Dumbrell/D.Canto 113
8 39 R.Ingall/P.Morris 113
9 2 G.Tander/C.McConville 113
10 4 A.Davison/D.Brabham 113
11 34 M.Caruso/G.Ritter 113
12 18 J.Courtney/W.Luff 113
13 51 G.Murphy/T.Blanchard 113
14 12 D.Fiore/M.Patrizi 113
15 3 T.D’Alberto/S.Price 113
16 17 S.Johnson/M.Marshall 113
17 21 K.Reindler/D.Wall 113
18 7 T.Kelly/D.Wood 113
19 24 F.Coulthard/C.Baird 113
20 11 J.Bargwanna/G.Seton 113
21 6 S.Richards/J.Moffat 112
22 27 D.Assaillit/A.Pedersen 112
23 44 G.Emery/M.Zukanovic 112
24 30 M.Noske/N.Pretty 112
25 16 T.Ricciardello/T.Douglas 112
26 10 A.Thompson/N.Percat 111
27 9 S.van Gisbergen/J.McIntyre 110
28 22 W.Davison/D.Reynolds 109
29 1 J.Whincup/S.Owen 104
DNF 33 L.Holdsworth/D.Besnard 68
DNF 14 J.Bright/M.Halliday 55

Championship result after Race 17

1 James Courtney 2101
2 Jamie Whincup 1922
3 Mark Winterbottom 1862
4 Craig Lowndes 1739
5 Shane van Gisbergen 1689
6 Garth Tander 1680
7 Rick Kelly 1574
8 Lee Holdsworth 1439
9 Michael Caruso 1358
10 Paul Dumbrell 1314
11 Jason Richards 1307
12 Steven Johnson 1274
13 Jonathon Webb 1189
14 Tim Slade 1142
15 Russell Ingall 1121
16 Will Davison 1023
17 Todd Kelly 982
18 Tony D’Alberto 965
19 Steve Richards 907
20 Jason Bright 874
21 Alex Davison 873
22 Jason Bargwanna 815
23 Fabian Coulthard 743
24 Dean Fiore 716
25 Greg Murphy 689
26 Tony Ricciardello 584
27 Daniel Gaunt 539
28 Karl Reindler 499
29 Andrew Thompson 388
30 Cameron McConville 261
31 Mark Skaife 260
32 Luke Youlden 239
33 Owen Kelly 222
34 Andrew Jones 221
35 Jack Perkins 191
36 Dean Canto 183
37 David Russell 178
38 Paul Morris 176
39 Warren Luff 154
40 Michael Patrizi 123
41 Marcus Marshall 123
42 Tim Blanchard 122
43 Shane Price 116
44 Glenn Seton 113
45 Dale Wood 112
46 Greg Ritter 109
47 James Moffat 107
48 Craig Baird 98
49 David Wall 97
50 Steve Owen 95
51 John McIntyre 91
52 Damian Assaillit 83
53 Ant Pedersen 83
54 David Reynolds 78
55 Geoff Emery 76
56 Marcus Zukanovic 76
57 Mark Noske 74
58 Nathan Pretty 74
59 Taz Douglas 62
60 Nick Percat 53
61 David Besnard 41
62 Matthew Halliday 29

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