Volvo scores thrilling podium as Lowndes wins

Lowndes led away from pole

Lowndes led away from pole

A popular second place finish for Scott McLaughlin and debutant Volvo stole the limelight from winner Craig Lowndes in Race 2 at the Clipsal 500.

Starting second, the 20-year-old McLaughlin could not hold out Jamie Whincup early in the race but regained the place after a slow pitstop for his rival.

A Safety Car for debris after just 15 of 39 laps ensured an early end to the pit cycle and a flat-out sprint to the flag.

After the restart, Whincup made short work of Mark Winterbottom to claw onto the tail of McLaughlin, but proved unable to do anything about the rapid Volvo until the final lap.

Taking the place around the outside of Turn 9, Whincup then made an error at the final corner that allowed McLaughlin through once more, much to the delight of the vocal crowd.

Almost five seconds up the road, Lowndes had cruised to victory, squaring the ledger with his team-mate at one-all after two races.

Winterbottom held on for fourth ahead of Fabian Coulthard, Chaz Mostert and Garth Tander.

There was heartbreak for Dick Johnson Racing and Scott Pye, with the Adelaide-raised driver punted out of fifth by Shane van Gisbergen mid-race.

Van Gisbergen received a drive-through penalty for his misjudgement and later endured a second incident, this time a scrape with Tim Slade, on his way to 16th.

Also in the wars were James Courtney and Lee Holdsworth, who saw top 10 runs evaporate when a touch peeled the left-front door off the Holden and punctured a tyre on the Mercedes.

Will Davison meanwhile gave Erebus some reward with 10th, taking the flag in the middle of the Michael Caruso-led Nissan Altima quartet.

See below for the full Race 2 result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia  Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 39 56:12.9270
2 Valvoline Racing GRM  Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 39 56:17.6597
3 Red Bull Racing Australia  Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 39 56:18.4779
4 Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 39 56:27.7221
5 Lockwood Racing  Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 39 56:27.9472
6 Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 39 56:28.2508
7 Holden Racing Team  Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 39 56:28.5985
8 Norton Hornets  Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 39 56:37.4829
9 Jack Daniel’s Racing  Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 39 56:38.2005
10 Erebus Motorsport V8  Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 39 56:38.4460
11 Jack Daniel’s Racing  Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 39 56:39.3095
12 Norton Hornets  James Moffat Nissan Altima 39 56:41.2775
13 Repair Management Aust Racing  Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 39 56:41.6359
14 Supercheap Auto Racing  Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 39 56:42.5538
15 Walkinshaw Racing  Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 39 56:47.6000
16 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 39 56:47.9469
17 Erebus Motorsport V8  Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 39 56:48.7076
18 Holden Racing Team  James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 39 56:50.4807
19 The Bottle-O Racing Team  David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 39 56:50.9894
20 Wilson Security Racing  Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 39 56:52.8021
21 Team BOC  Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 39 56:58.7978
22 Team JELD-WEN  Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 39 56:59.8576
23 Valvoline Racing GRM  Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 39 57:01.7143
24 Team Advam/GB  Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 39 57:32.1651
DNF Wilson Security Racing  David Wall Ford Falcon FG 37 53:59.9732

See below for the updated points standings

1  Craig Lowndes 144
2  Jamie Whincup 139
3  Mark Winterbottom 120
4  Scott McLaughlin 117
5  Fabian Coulthard 110
6  Shane Van Gisbergen  92
7  Rick Kelly  87
8  Garth Tander  84
9  Will Davison  72
10  Michael Caruso  70
11  Todd Kelly  70
12  James Courtney  67
13  Russell Ingall  67
14  Jason Bright  66
15  Scott Pye  61
16  Tim Slade  61
17  James Moffat  56
18  Lee Holdsworth  54
19  Chaz Mostert  51
20  Nick Percat  49
21  Jack Perkins  43
22  Robert Dahlgren  39
23  Dale Wood  34
24  David Wall  31
25  David Reynolds  24

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