Lowndes scores 99th win in second Super Sprint

Saturday 28th March, 2015 - 6:09pm

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Craig Lowndes

Craig Lowndes

Craig Lowndes will aim for an historic 100th career win in the 200km Symmons Plains finale after scoring back-to-back victories in the Super Sprints.

In a repeat of his opening race performance, Lowndes won the start from pole and led the entire 25 lap journey.

The veteran had to control an early Safety Car restart on this occasion, but again proved able to drive away from team-mate Jamie Whincup.

Lowndes’ 99th career win further cements his place at the top of the all-time list and comes in his 550th race start.

“It’s a credit to the guys,” smiled Lowndes after the 25 lap heat.

“We made an adjustment between races. The temperature has cooled down and the car moved around a little more than I like, but we still had good drive.

“This is a track that I enjoy and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”

James Courtney found his way around David Reynolds mid-race to score a second podium for the day.

Reynolds then held off the second Holden Racing Team Commodore of Garth Tander to record a strong fourth.

Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison, Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard completed the top 10.

Andre Heimgartner had been the cause of the day’s only Safety Car, spearing into the Turn 4 gravel after a lock-up on lap four.

The Kiwi had been running in sixth place after losing a position to Tander off the start.

Dale Wood also finished off the lead lap after early contact with Nick Percat caused a puncture.

Michael Caruso fared little better in his Nissan, finishing 23rd after being turned around by David Wall.

The V8 Supercars will return to the track for a final practice tomorrow morning ahead of qualifying and the 200km race.

RESULTS : Race 5 – Symmons Plains

1

Red Bull Racing Australia    

Craig Lowndes      

Holden Commodore VF

25

24:24.0674

2

Red Bull Racing Australia    

Jamie Whincup      

Holden Commodore VF

25

24:25.7181

3

Holden Racing Team           

James Courtney     

Holden Commodore VF

25

24:29.5124

4

The Bottle-O Racing Team     

David Reynolds     

Ford Falcon FG/X   

25

24:31.5774

5

Holden Racing Team           

Garth Tander       

Holden Commodore VF

25

24:32.6877

6

Pepsi Max Crew               

Mark Winterbottom

Ford Falcon FG/X   

25

24:33.1187

7

Erebus Motorsport V8         

Will Davison       

Mercedes E63 AMG   

25

24:33.6534

8

Team Darrell Lea STIX        

Shane Van Gisbergen

Holden Commodore VF

25

24:34.2999

9

Wilson Security Racing GRM   

Scott McLaughlin   

Volvo S60          

25

24:36.6814

10

Freightliner Racing          

Fabian Coulthard   

Holden Commodore VF

25

24:37.2711

11

Walkinshaw Racing            

Lee Holdsworth     

Holden Commodore VF

25

24:37.7350

12

Pepsi Max Crew               

Chaz Mostert       

Ford Falcon FG/X   

25

24:38.1290

13

Nissan Motorsport            

Todd Kelly         

Nissan Altima      

25

24:40.7178

14

Supercheap Auto Racing       

Tim Slade          

Holden Commodore VF

25

24:41.1731

15

Team BOC                     

Jason Bright       

Holden Commodore VF

25

24:42.5772

16

Nissan Motorsport            

Rick Kelly         

Nissan Altima      

25

24:44.6335

17

DJR Team Penske              

Scott Pye          

Ford Falcon FG/X   

25

24:45.1609

18

Repair Management Aust Racing

Nick Percat        

Holden Commodore VF

25

24:45.5047

19

Nissan Mororsport            

James Moffat       

Nissan Altima      

25

24:46.3055

20

Wilson Security Racing GRM   

David Wall         

Volvo S60          

25

24:49.2534

21

Team Cooldrive               

Tim Blanchard      

Holden Commodore VF

25

24:51.1372

22

Erebus Motorsport V8         

Ashley Walsh       

Mercedes E63 AMG   

25

24:56.9442

23

Nissan Motorsport            

Michael Caruso     

Nissan Altima      

25

24:59.0061

DNF

GB Galvanizing Racing        

Dale Wood          

Holden Commodore VF

24

24:58.1444

DNF

Super Black Racing           

Andre Heimgartner

Ford Falcon FG/X   

23

24:52.438

Championship Standings

Pos Driver Points
1 James Courtney 386
2 Craig Lowndes 358
3 Garth Tander 337
4 Jamie Whincup 333
5 Shane van Gisbergen 327
6 Mark Winterbottom 322
7 Fabian Coulthard 319
8 Rick Kelly 236
9 David Reynolds 231
10 Jason Bright 215
11 Tim Slade 208
12 Todd Kelly 194
13 Dale Wood 159
14 Chaz Mostert 158
15 David Wall 158
16 Nick Percat 154
17 Tim Blanchard 144
18 James Moffat 142
19 Lee Holdsworth 136
20 Scott McLaughlin 135
21 Andre Heimgartner 133
22 Marcos Ambrose 125
23 Will Davison 123
24 Michael Caruso 107
25 Ashley Walsh  61
26 Scott Pye  52

 

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