Lowndes breaks Murph’s seven-year lap record

Craig Lowndes

Craig Lowndes has broken Greg Murphy's famous lap record

Craig Lowndes has become the fastest man ever to lap the Mount Panorama circuit, setting a 2m06.8012 lap at the end of Practice 5.

The TeamVodafone star’s lap undercuts Greg Murphy’s long standing record, set in 2003’s Top 10 Shootout, by 0.0582s.

While official lap records are only recorded during races, Lowndes now holds the unofficial ‘practice lap record’.

The session was bittersweet for the Vodafone squad, with Jamie Whincup’s car damaged when it struck a crashed Jason Richards at Forrest Elbow. CLICK HERE for that story.

In second place at the end of the 45 minutes was Lee Holdsworth, with the Fujitsu entry over half a second slower than Lowndes.

Holdsworth headed James Courtney (Jim Beam Racing), Jason Bright (Trading Post Racing) and Todd Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing), with one second separating the top five.

Rounding out the top 10 were Mark Winterbottom (Orrcon Steel FPR), Karl Reindler (Fair Dinkum Sheds), Steven Richards (Dunlop Super Dealers FPR), and Garth Tander (Toll HRT).

The Team BOC Commodore ended the session 11th, but is unlikely to be repaired in time for qualifying this afternoon.

The 40 minute qualifying session begins at 1435.

1 888 Craig Lowndes 2:06.8012R
2 33 Lee Holdsworth 2:07.3415
3 18 James Courtney 2:07.5608
4 14 Jason Bright 2:07.7587
5 7 Todd Kelly 2:07.8402
6 1 Jamie Whincup 2:07.9001
7 5 Mark Winterbottom 2:07.9093
8 21 Karl Reindler 2:07.9339
9 6 Steven Richards 2:08.0404
10 2 Garth Tander 2:08.0832
11 8 Jason Richards 2:08.0834
12 51 Greg Murphy 2:08.0834
13 22 Will Davison 2:08.1296
14 17 Steven Johnson 2:08.1305
15 24 Fabian Coulthard 2:08.4413
16 11 Jason Bargwanna 2:08.5021
17 19 Jonathon Webb 2:08.6373
18 34 Michael Caruso 2:08.6573
19 55 Paul Dumbrell 2:08.6723
20 9 Shane Van Gisbergen 2:08.7825
21 39 Russell Ingall 2:08.8398
22 47 Tim Slade 2:08.9339
23 12 Dean Fiore 2:09.0814
24 3 Tony D’Alberto 2:09.3461
25 10 Andrew Thompson 2:09.5497
26 4 Alex Davison 2:09.5992
27 27 Damian Assaillit 2:09.8309
28 16 Tony Ricciardello 2:10.7731
29 30 Mark Noske 2:10.8231
30 44 Geoff Emery 2:10.9176

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