Lowndes tops times in Symmons Plains practice

Craig Lowndes

Craig Lowndes topped the times at Symmons Plains

Craig Lowndes has set the fastest time on the opening day of practice at the Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains.

The TeamVodafone driver, currently third in the V8 Supercars Championship Series, finished the session over 0.1s ahead of the rest of the field.

Ford Performance Racing driver Steve Richards was the second fastest in the final session, who edged out Toll Holden Racing team rival Garth Tander.

Richards’ team-mate Mark Winterbottom was fourth fastest, with Jack Daniel’s Racing’s Rick Kelly was fifth.

In terms of the leading championship contenders, Jamie Whincup (TeamVodafone) was sixth while James Courtney (Jim Beam Racing) was down in 13th place.

Privateer Ford racer Dean Fiore was the big surprise, finishing eighth overall. The West Australian set his fastest time in the third session after putting on new brand-new tyres.

V8 Supercars hit the circuit tomorrow for qualifying at 11.20am.

1 888 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE 0:52.0677*
2 6 Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 0:52.1791
3 2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 0:52.2041
4 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 0:52.2135
5 15 Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 0:52.2534
6 1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE 0:52.2729
7 51 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 0:52.3579
8 12 Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 0:52.3606
9 55 Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 0:52.3964
10 39 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 0:52.4572
11 17 Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 0:52.4602
12 7 Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 0:52.4708
13 18 James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 0:52.4961
14 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 0:52.5577
15 33 Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 0:52.5940
16 14 Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE 0:52.6718
17 19 Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 0:52.6723
18 47 Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 0:52.6761
19 24 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE 0:52.7149
20 8 Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE 0:52.7152
21 3 Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VE 0:52.7714
22 4 Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 0:52.7820
23 30 Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE 0:52.8389
24 11 Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 0:52.8805
25 22 Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 0:52.9465
26 34 Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 0:52.9913
27 10 Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 0:53.1556
28 16 Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE 0:53.2702
29 21 Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE 0:53.3310

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