Whincup and Lowndes collide in Race 4

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup has taken victory in the Symmons Plains opener after mid-race contact with team-mate Craig Lowndes.

Lowndes had beaten pole-sitter Whincup to the first corner and led until Lap 26 of 42.

The second lap after a Safety Car restart saw Whincup dive to the inside of Lowndes into Turn 6, with the resulting contact bumping Lowndes off the road.

Whincup went on to beat James Courtney to the flag by 0.9s, with Mark Winterbottom completing the podium.

Lowndes fell to a low of 11th before recovering to eighth by the flag.

The incident was investigated post-race, with no penalty applied.

“Its an unfortunate situation,” said Whincup.

“Lowndesy deserved to finish higher than that but I’m not sorry about the move or anything.

Rick Kelly endured a wild off after a brake failure

Rick Kelly endured a wild off after a brake failure

“It was textbook move I was up the inside and was well and truly in there.

“It was a standard move but unfortunately that is the way it goes. Its disappointing we didn’t have a 1-2.”

Russell Ingall converted third on the grid into a fourth place finish ahead of Scott McLaughlin and Garth Tander.

Shane van Gisbergen ran as high as sixth early before dropping to the back with a mechanical black flag for loose rear bodywork.

Assisted by the mid-race Safety Car, the Kiwi charged through the pack to eventually finish 11th.

The cause of the yellow had been a brake failure for Rick Kelly that left the #15 Nissan stranded in the Turn 6 gravel.

Team-mate and brother Todd Kelly was the race’s other retirement, suffering a front-right suspension failure after contact with Jack Perkins.

Perkins eventually finished 22nd after a drive-through for a separate incident with Michael Caruso.

Also in the wars was David Reynolds, who jumped to third off the start before rapidly falling backwards.

He eventually pitted with a punctured tyre, greeting the flag as the last of the runners in 23rd.

Despite the incident, Lowndes enjoys a marginally extended championship lead following Race 4, now holding a 55 point lead over Fabian Coulthard.

Race 5 of the championship, also over 42 laps, will get underway at 1635 local time.

See below for the Race 4 result

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 42 39:48.26
2 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 42 39:49.16
3 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 42 39:49.62
4 Repair Management Aust Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VF 42 39:53.39
5 Valvoline Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 42 39:53.58
6 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 42 39:54.06
7 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 42 39:54.62
8 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 42 39:57.01
9 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 42 39:57.15
10 Wilson Security Racing Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG 42 39:57.53
11 Team Tekno VIP Petfoods Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 42 39:58.08
12 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Ford Falcon FG 42 40:00.76
13 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG 42 40:02.39
14 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 42 40:03.59
15 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 42 40:03.75
16 Erebus Motorsport V8 Lee Holdsworth Mercedes E63 AMG 42 40:05.88
17 Heavy Haulage Australia Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 42 40:06.13
18 Norton Hornets James Moffat Nissan Altima 42 40:07.44
19 Team Advam/GB Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 42 40:08.03
20 Valvoline Racing GRM Robert Dahlgren Volvo S60 42 40:08.28
21 Norton Hornets Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 42 40:09.14
22 Team JELD-WEN Jack Perkins Ford Falcon FG 42 40:24.25
23 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 41 39:50.99
DNF Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 19 17:03.48
DNF Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 13 11:44.70


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