Lowndes/Richards lead the charge for Pirtek Enduro Cup glory

The Pirtek Enduro Cup trophy

Craig Lowndes and Steve Richards head into the final race of the 2018 Pirtek Enduro Cup with with one hand on the iconic trophy.

Set to be decided in Sunday’s race around the streets of the Gold Coast, the 2018 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 victors hold an 87 point advantage.

However, with 150 points on offer the top five in the competition remain in with a chance of victory.

Second place in Saturday’s race saw Lowndes and Richards extend their points advantage over the Shell V-Power Racing pairing of Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat.

While the former claimed the lead in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship points standings, they lost ground in the Pirtek Enduro Cup.

Third in the competition behind the Autobarn Lowndes Racing and Shell V-Power Racing squads sit Shane van Gisbergen and Earl Bamber.

A tough day saw van Gisbergen cede the championship points advantage to McLaughlin, and all but lost contact in the Pirtek Enduro Cup.

He and co-driver Bamber sat just 60 points in arrears of Lowndes and Richards on Saturday morning, but now trail #888 by 120.

The only others in the frame are the Supercheap Auto Falcon duo of Chaz Mostert and James Moffat, and the Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing combination of Scott Pye and Warren Luff.

Tied on points for fourth in the standings, they’re 150 points away from the lead of the competition.

Both combinations would need to win Sunday’s race and hope Lowndes and Richards failed to score a point, along with a number of other results falling their way, to simply tie things at the top of the competition.

It would force a countback to determine the will, a process which would likely see Lowndes and Richards crowned courtesy of victory at Bathurst, a second place in Saturday’s Gold Coast race, and a third at Sandown.

Supercars action continues on the streets of Surfers Paradise at 1020 with Armor All Qualifying for Sunday’s race, ahead of another Top 10 Shootout at 1140 and the 102 lap race at 1425.

Pirtek Enduro Cup: After Vodafone Gold Coast 600, Race 26

Pos Num Driver Total
1 888 Craig Lowndes/Steve Richards 696
2 17 Scott McLaughlin/Alex Premat 609
3 97 Shane Van Gisbergen/Earl Bamber 576
4 55 Chaz Mostert/James Moffat 546
25 Scott Pye/Warren Luff 546
6 1 Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell 519
7 9 David Reynolds/Luke Youlden 474
8 33 Garth Tander/Chris Pither 456
9 12 Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto 432
10 15 Rick Kelly/Garry Jacobson 363
11 8 Nick Percat/Macauley Jones 360
12 5 Mark Winterbottom/Dean Canto 342
13 34 James Golding/Richard Muscat 315
14 230 Will Davison/Alex Davison 309
15 5 Cameron Waters/David Russell 294
16 7 Andre Heimgartner/Aaren Russell 288
17 14 Tim Slade/Ash Walsh 270
18 19 Jack Le Brocq/Jonathon Webb 255
19 21 Tim Blanchard/Dale Wood 252
20 2 James Courtney/Jack Perkins 243
21 35 Todd Hazelwood/Bryce Fullwood 219
22 18 Lee Holdsworth/Jason Bright 216
23 99 Anton de Pasquale/Will Brown 204
24 78 Simona De Silvestro/Alex Rullo 177
25 56 Richie Stanaway/Steve Owen 168
26 23 Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore 96

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