Lowndes scores first race win of 2011

Saturday 20th August, 2011 - 3:38pm


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

1 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:21.5763
2 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 22 26:22.5513
3 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:28.4154
4 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:38.8654
5 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:43.4811
6 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:45.8399
7 Fujitsu Racing GRM Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:48.0069
8 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 22 26:48.0341
9 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:49.4417
10 Jim Beam Racing James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 22 26:50.3086
11 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 22 26:52.0448
12 Irwin Racing Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 22 26:52.7147
13 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 22 26:53.5223
14 The Bottle-O Racing Team Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 22 26:53.5496
15 Trading Post FPR Falcon Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 22 26:54.6473
16 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:55.1183
17 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:55.9491
18 Stratco Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:56.7640
19 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:58.4863
20 Toll Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:59.6601
21 Team Boc Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 22 26:59.8940
22 Jana Living Racing Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE2 22 27:00.0673
23 Triple F Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 22 27:00.4550
24 Bundaberg Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 22 27:01.6857
25 Wilson Security Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 22 27:04.3700
26 Mother Energy Racing Team Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 22 27:10.8973
27 Gulf Western Oil Racing Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2 22 27:20.2781
28 Toll Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 22 27:45.0830
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