Second place gives Lowndes championship lead

Craig Lowndes has moved into the championship lead

Craig Lowndes has moved into the V8 Supercars Championship lead

Craig Lowndes valiant Bathurst 1000 effort didn’t give him the race win, but it has moved him into the lead of the V8 Supercars Championship.

The TeamVodafone ace reeled in Garth Tander during the latter stages of today’s thrilling race, finishing just shy of a sixth Bathurst win.

Due to a late electrical problem in Jamie Whincup’s Commodore, Lowndes has passed Whincup in the title chase. The gap between the pair is now 100 points.

Whincup finished in 21st place, one lap off the lead.

Ford’s leading charge Shane van Gisbergen remains in third place, while Tander’s race win has moved him up to fourth place in the championship.

See below for current championship positions.

1 Craig Lowndes 2329
2 Jamie Whincup 2229
3 Shane Van Gisbergen 1920
4 Garth Tander 1848
5 Mark Winterbottom 1687
6 Rick Kelly 1663
7 Will Davison 1646
8 Jason Bright 1502
9 Alex Davison 1448
10 Steven Johnson 1411
11 Lee Holdsworth 1383
12 Tim Slade 1328
13 Greg Murphy 1294
14 Fabian Coulthard 1275
15 Michael Caruso 1200
16 James Courtney 1177
17 Steve Owen 1133
18 Russell Ingall 1092
19 David Reynolds 1072
20 Jason Bargwanna 1046
21 James Moffat 995
22 Jonathon Webb 968
23 Paul Dumbrell 952
24 Todd Kelly 923
25 Tony D’Alberto 829
26 Karl Reindler 829
27 Dean Fiore 818
28 Warren Luff 654

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