Red Bull fights back with Race 15 win

Craig Lowndes

Craig Lowndes

Craig Lowndes returned Red Bull Racing Australia to the top of the podium with a controlled win in Race 15 of the championship at Barbagallo.

Making a strong start from pole position, Lowndes led every lap outside of the pitstop cycle to snap Red Bull’s eight-race losing streak.

Lowndes eventually led home points leader Mark Winterbottom, with Jamie Whincup, Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard and Chaz Mostert completing the top six.

Starting fifth, Winterbottom made short work of Russell Ingall in the early laps to run fourth.

The FPR Falcon then kicked off the pitstops on Lap 16 – using the undercut to leap-frog both Whincup and McLaughlin.

Lowndes covered the early Winterbottom stop by pitting just one lap later before proving able to hold a comfortable two second lead throughout the second stint.

Whincup completed the podium ahead of McLaughlin, whose Volvo also lost out to the Red Bull entry in the pitstop, and lacked the speed advantage it enjoyed in the day’s earlier heat.

Mostert spent much of the second stint tucked in behind the Volvo before losing fifth to Coulthard with just a handful of laps remaining.

Scott Pye scored a solid seventh for Dick Johnson Racing ahead of James Courtney, David Reynolds and Ingall.

As was the case in Race 14, the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden proved unable to hold its promising third place grid position in the early stages; dropping to seventh by the start of the pitstops.

Unlike the earlier heat, no teams gambled on running the entire 42 laps without a stop.

Lowndes’ win sees Winterbottom’s points lead over the Red Bull Holden narrow marginally to 110 points.

A 200km race will conclude the Perth 400 on Sunday.

See below for the full race result for Race 15

Pos  No. Driver Team Car
1 888  Craig Lowndes  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
2   5  Mark Winterbottom  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
3   1  Jamie Whincup  Red Bull Racing Australia  Holden Commodore VF
4  33  Scott McLaughlin  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
5  14  Fabian Coulthard  Lockwood Racing  Holden Commodore VF
6   6  Chaz Mostert  Ford Pepsi Max Crew  Ford Falcon FG
7  16  Scott Pye  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG
8  22  James Courtney  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
9  55  David Reynolds  The Bottle-O Racing Team  Ford Falcon FG
10  23  Russell Ingall  Repair Management Aust Racing  Holden Commodore VF
11   2  Garth Tander  Holden Racing Team  Holden Commodore VF
12   4  Lee Holdsworth  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
13  17  David Wall  Wilson Security Racing  Ford Falcon FG
14  47  Tim Slade  Supercheap Auto Racing  Holden Commodore VF
15  36  Michael Caruso  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
16   7  Todd Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
17   8  Jason Bright  Team BOC  Holden Commodore VF
18   9  Will Davison  Erebus Motorsport V8  Mercedes E63 AMG
19  97  Shane Van Gisbergen  Team Tekno VIP Petfoods  Holden Commodore VF
20 222  Nick Percat  Walkinshaw Racing  Holden Commodore VF
21 360  James Moffat  Norton Hornets  Nissan Altima
22  15  Rick Kelly  Jack Daniel’s Racing  Nissan Altima
23  21  Dale Wood  Team Advam/GB  Holden Commodore VF
24  34  Robert Dahlgren  Valvoline Racing GRM  Volvo S60
25  18  Jack Perkins  Team JELD-WEN  Ford Falcon FG

See below for the updated points standings

Pos Driver Points
1  Mark Winterbottom  1070
2  Craig Lowndes   960
3  Fabian Coulthard   948
4  James Courtney   868
5  Jamie Whincup   866
6  Shane Van Gisbergen   816
7  Scott McLaughlin   786
8  David Reynolds   673
9  Jason Bright   652
10  Lee Holdsworth   651
11  Will Davison   645
12  Chaz Mostert   642
13  Tim Slade   599
14  Garth Tander   597
15  Michael Caruso   592
16  Russell Ingall   557
17  Rick Kelly   555
18  James Moffat   548
19  Scott Pye   526
20  Jack Perkins   473
21  Dale Wood   441
22  David Wall   434
23  Nick Percat   427
24  Todd Kelly   419
25  Robert Dahlgren   269

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