Craig Lowndes and co-driver Steven Richards have been crowned victors of the 2018 Pirtek Enduro Cup following the washout of Sunday’s race at the Vodafone Gold Coast 600.
The Autobarn Lowndes Racing pair held an 87 point advantage heading into the day over Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat, but with the race failing to reach half distance to qualify for points, their position proved unassailable.
“Yesterday we qualified poorly and we stormed back through the field; today we qualified well then a storm came, so it’s been a hell of a run,” said Lowndes.
“The last race with Richo, it’s really special to be able to take that back to the workshop, have both our names on it, and for this man here (John McGregor) who’s worked pretty hard this year to give us a car we can do what we do.”
Together, Lowndes and Richards recorded a third at Sandown, won the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, and took second in the opening race at the Gold Coast.
“It’s been an incredible last three races,” said Richards.
“Right from the outset, when I drove this car, I couldn’t believe how good it was.
“The boys have done a great job all campaign, and here we are. It’s the one trophy I was hoping to get a hold of before I finished driving, and we got it, so it’s great.”
With Sunday’s race declared a non-event the points following Saturday’s race ultimately determined the final Pirtek Enduro Cup results.
Behind McLaughlin and Premat, who ended the campaign 87 points away from the victors, were Shane van Gisbergen and Earl Bamber.
Trailing their stablemates by 60 points heading into the weekend they ended up 120 points away in the final reckoning after Saturday’s 102 lap race in Surfers Paradise.
It also left a tie for fourth with Chaz Mostert and James Moffat taking the place on a countback over Scott Pye and Warren Luff courtesy of winning on the Gold Coast.
Result: Pirtek Enduro Cup
|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|