Lowndes wins as Whincup crashes in Sydney

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Saturday 3rd December, 2011 - 3:59pm

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Craig Lowndes at speed in Sydney

Craig Lowndes at speed in Sydney

Craig Lowndes has hung on for a stunning victory in Race 27 of the V8 Supercars Championship at the Sydney Telstra 500.

While team-mate and title rival could manage just 20th after a midrace damper failure put the #88 Commodore in the Turn 5 wall, Lowndes beat Garth Tander to the win by 0.8s as the majority of the field ran low on fuel in the final laps.

Whincup now leads Lowndes by 83 points with just one race and 150 points left available.

Tander passed Michael Caruso on the last lap to take second, while Shane van Gisbergen demoted the stuttering Fujitsu Commodore to fourth in a spectacular last-corner pass that saw the SP Tools Falcon ride over Caruso’s left-rear wheel – shooting the Ford momentarily into the air.

Mark Winterbottom recovered from a drive-through penalty to take fifth, while Tim Slade, James Courtney, James Moffat, Todd Kelly and Rick Kelly rounded out the top 10. Rick Kelly had looked set for third before pitting for fuel on the penultimate lap.

The thrilling finish had been set up by a Safety Car appearing for Jason Bright’s stranded Team BOC Commodore on Lap 46 – just outside the normal fuel range of the field.

Caruso led at the final restart and initially appeared to have the measure of Lowndes, but was forced to yield the top spot when his rival began upping the pace with little over 10 laps remaining.

It was a tough day for Ford Performance Racing, with Will Davison leading the early laps before damaging his steering – which eventually broke and sent the pole-sitter into the Turn 1 wall on Lap 12.

Front-end failures also accounted for the FPR-built Falcons of Paul Dumbrell and Tony D’Alberto, in addition to the Triple Eight-designed cars of Jonathon Webb and Whincup.

A late change to the kerbing regulations appeared to be to blame for the high attrition rate, with the drivers told last night that the electronic kerb-hopping sensors around the circuit would be turned off for the remainder of the weekend following a day of inconsistent operation on Friday.

Winterbottom’s Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon survived however and looked to be in the box seat as half distance approached, but a penalty for turning an off-sequence Greg Murphy around at Turn 1 on Lap 32 ruined his chances.

Holdsworth had been an effective second behind Winterbottom when the incident occured, but later fell out of contention himself on pit strategy.

See below for the full Race 27 result

1  TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:59:35.1252
2  Toll Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:59:36.0066
3  SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 74 01:59:41.9470
4  Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:59:43.3518
5  Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 74 01:59:45.8350
6  Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 74 01:59:54.9660
7  Toll Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 74 01:59:55.4200
8  Jim Beam Racing James Moffat Ford Falcon FG 74 02:00:03.1178
9  Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 74 02:00:05.3078
10  Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 74 02:00:08.7798
11  Bundaberg Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 74 02:00:14.6852
12  Irwin Racing Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 74 02:00:16.5976
13  Stratco Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE2 74 02:00:16.8029
14  Fujitsu Racing GRM Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE2 74 02:00:19.7826
15  Gulf Western Oil Racing Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE2 74 02:00:21.9197
16  Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 74 02:00:25.5612
17  Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 74 02:00:29.3696
18  Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 74 02:00:36.3314
19  Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 74 02:00:46.2074
20  TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 68 02:00:19.9843
DNF  Triple F Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 73 01:58:41.3026
DNF  The Bottle-O Racing Team Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 50 01:30:24.0432
DNF  Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 45 01:13:22.3226
DNF  VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE2 42 01:14:15.8672
DNF  Wilson Security Team McGrath Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 36 01:57:06.2883
DNF  Mother Energy Racing Team Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 34 01:25:39.4992
DNF  Jana Living Racing Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE2 29    50:51.4467
DNF  Trading Post FPR Falcon Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 11    16:26.4711

See below for the points standings after Race 27

Pos

Driver Name

Total

1 Jamie Whincup 3078
2 Craig Lowndes 2995
3 Mark Winterbottom 2560
4 Shane van Gisbergen 2543
5 Garth Tander 2526
6 Will Davison 2345
7 Rick Kelly 2289
8 Lee Holdsworth 1920
9 Alex Davison 1850
10 Fabian Coulthard 1839
11 Tim Slade 1826
12 James Courtney 1773
13 Greg Murphy 1678
14 Steven Johnson 1645
15 Michael Caruso 1627
16 Jason Bright 1549
17 Steve Owen 1501
18 Todd Kelly 1493
19 David Reynolds 1453
20 Russell Ingall 1403
21 Jonathon Webb 1373
22 James Moffat 1306
23 Jason Bargwanna 1298
24 Paul Dumbrell 1242
25 Karl Reindler 1093
26 Tony D’Alberto 1045
27 Dean Fiore 992
28 Warren Luff 809
29 Mark Skaife 532
30 Nick Percat 527
31 Richard Lyons 511
32 Allan Simonsen 509
33 Andrew Jones 460
34 Cameron McConville 406
35 John McIntyre 393
36 Steve Richards 366
37 Luke Youlden 344
38 Andrew Thompson 334
39 Sebastian Bourdais 288
40 Tim Blanchard 288
41 Paul Morris 268
42 Jack Perkins 255
43 Greg Ritter 243
44 Dale Wood 236
45 Marcus Marshall 229
46 Oliver Gavin 222
47 Owen Kelly 220
48 Daniel Gaunt 219
49 Jorg Bergmeister 207
50 Simon Pagenaud 207
51 David Russell 202
52 Shane Price 197
53 Nathan Pretty 192
54 Michael Patrizi 187
55 David Wall 185
56 Darren Turner 165
57 Richard Westbrook 150
58 Gil de Ferran 150
59 Craig Baird 148
60 Boris Said 147
61 Matthew Halliday 137
62 Augusto Farfus Jr 132
63 Jan Magnussen 129
64 Joey Hand 120
65 Alex Tagliani 120
66 Emanuele Pirro 114
67 Dean Canto 109
68 Taz Douglas 93
69 Marc Lieb 87
70 Dirk Muller 69
71 David Besnard 66
72 Christian Klein 60
73 Vitantonio Liuzzi 48
74 Sarrazin Stephane 42
75 Fabrizio Giovanardi 39
76 Marino Franchitti 0
77 Cameron Waters 0
78 Grant Denyer 0

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