Lowndes takes back-to-back victories at Queensland Raceway

Published: Mon 6 Aug 2012 10:32 AM
Lowndes takes back-to-back victories at Queensland Raceway
5th August, 2012
It was a case of déjà vu for TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes, who is once again celebrating a clean sweep at Queensland Raceway after winning today's final race of the Coates Hire Ipswich 300.
Teammate Jamie Whincup recorded his 13th podium finish of the year, taking the chequered flag third to maintain his V8 Supercar Championship Series lead.
Finishing this morning’s final 30-minute practice session with the second fastest time, Lowndes was fourth quickest in qualifying and started the final 65-lap from the second row on the grid.
Challenging the front row off the line, Lowndes put instant pressure on Ford driver Mark Winterbottom for the lead, succeeding on lap 6 and controlling the race from there on.
After finishing tenth in practice, Whincup clocked the third fastest time in qualifying, only two one-hundredths of a second off pole position..
Lacking the race-pace of his teammate, the defending V8 Supercar Champion held third position throughout the race, consolidating valuable championship points.
Jamie Whincup sits 82 points ahead of Mark Winterbottom in the V8 Supercar Championship standings while Craig Lowndes remains in fourth on 1796 points.
TeamVodafone now head back to their Brisbane-based head quarters to prepare for the Sydney Motorsport Park 360 from August 25-26.
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Top Ten V8 Supercar Championship Series Race 17 Results - Coates Hire Ipswich 300
1: Craig Lowndes
2: Mark Winterbottom
3: Jamie Whincup
4: Will Davison
5: Fabian Coulthard
6: Russell Ingall
7: Shane Van Gisbergen
8: Tim Slade
9: Michael Caruso
10: Steve Owen
Top Ten V8 Supercar Championship Points Standings
1: Jamie Whincup, 2052 pts.
2: Mark Winterbottom, 1970 pts.
3: Will Davison, 1876 pts.
4: Craig Lowndes, 1796 pts.
5: Shane Van Gisbergen, 1472 pts.
6: Tim Slade, 1344 pts.
7: Garth Tander, 1323 pts.
8: Fabian Coulthard, 1261 pts.
9: Lee Holdsworth, 1217 pts.
10: David Reynolds, 1017 pts.

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