Lowndes completes dominant weekend with win

Sunday 21st August, 2011 - 4:20pm


Craig Lowndes through Turn 2

Craig Lowndes through Turn 2

Craig Lowndes has held off a determined Tim Slade to complete a fairytale weekend at the Coates Hire Ipswich 300.

Lowndes added the Race 18 victory to his two wins from yesterday, and also scored both pole positions.

Slade took second from Shane van Gisbergen, James Moffat, David Reynolds, Garth Tander, Fabian Coulthard, Alex Davison, Steve Johnson and Jamie Whincup.

Despite the 65 lap race running without a Safety Car, Lowndes and Slade were separated by less than two seconds for the entire duration.

Van Gisbergen was over 30 seconds behind his team-mate Slade by the chequered flag, while Moffat made it past fellow career-best finisher Reynolds for fourth with just five laps remaining.

Whincup scored 10th position despite pulling into the pitlane on the warm-up lap for his team to remove the cover from his engine’s injector trumpets that had been erroneously left on for the race.

The championship leader also received a drive-through penalty for speeding in pitlane – losing him more than a minute to Lowndes in total.

A collision with Rick Kelly on the final lap also added excitement to Whincup’s day – the resulting damage seeing Whincup beach his Commodore in the Turn 1 sandtrap after the chequered flag. Kelly ended the race 17th due to the Turn 5 incident.

Steve Owen and Jason Bright were also hard luck stories, with Owen set for a top 10 and Bright a potential podium prior to mechanical issues arising as the cars made their second pitstops.

Russell Ingall and James Courtney were 11th and 12th respectively despite clashing in the closing stages. The contact saw Courtney spin across the middle of Turn 5, costing both drivers position to Kelly and Whincup.

Whincup now leads the championship standings by 98 points over Lowndes, while van Gisbergen, Kelly and Johnson round out the top five.

See below for the Race 18 result

1 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:19:06.1660
2 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 65 01:19:07.2403
3 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 65 01:19:40.1213
4 Jim Beam Racing James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 65 01:19:41.6030
5 Stratco Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:19:48.8834
6 Toll Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:19:52.5633
7 Bundaberg Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:19:53.0609
8 Irwin Racing Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 65 01:19:54.2194
9 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 65 01:19:57.5613
10 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:20:02.8436
11 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:20:03.7112
12 Toll Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:20:03.7926
13 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:20:05.9337
14 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:20:06.0224
15 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:20:06.2218
16 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:20:10.0226
17 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:20:13.4547
18 Fujitsu Racing GRM Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2 65 01:20:14.8292
19 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 65 01:20:18.3100
20 Wilson Security Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 65 01:20:18.9727
21 Trading Post FPR Falcon Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 64 01:19:11.4484
22 Mother Energy Racing Team Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 64 01:19:17.4881
23 Gulf Western Oil Racing Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2 64 01:19:32.3251
24 The Bottle-O Racing Team Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 64 01:19:41.0795
25 Triple F Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 64 01:19:51.6940
26 Jana Living Racing Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE2 64 01:20:12.8733
27 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE2 63 01:19:39.4401
28 Team Boc Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 53 01:19:19.7856

Championship points standings

1 Jamie Whincup 1895
2 Craig Lowndes 1797
3 Shane Van Gisbergen 1502
4 Rick Kelly 1418
5 Steven Johnson 1345
6 Garth Tander 1321
7 Mark Winterbottom 1321
8 Will Davison 1302
9 Alex Davison 1255
10 Lee Holdsworth 1140
11 Fabian Coulthard 1127
12 Jason Bright 1117
13 Tim Slade 1109
14 Michael Caruso  921
15 Greg Murphy  893
16 Steve Owen  865
17 James Moffat  858
18 Jason Bargwanna  849
19 Paul Dumbrell  843
20 Russell Ingall  837
21 James Courtney  819
22 David Reynolds  784
23 Jonathon Webb  736
24 Todd Kelly  721
25 Tony D’Alberto  661
26 Karl Reindler  644
27 Dean Fiore  631
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