Craig Lowndes and co-driver Warren Luff celebrate victory in the first leg of the Gold Coast 600

Craig Lowndes has taken the V8 Supercars Championship points lead after he and co-driver Warren Luff claimed victory in an action-packed opening race of the ArmorAll Gold Coast 600.

His fortune came off the back of a disastrous Saturday for his teammate and former points leader Jamie Whincup, whose prospects for retaining his point lead were ruined after a troubled qualifying session where he crashed, which was further compounded when his co-driver collided with the James Courtney / Greg Murphy HRT Commodore early in the race.

The 102-lap race was punctuated by numerous safety car interruptions triggered by crashes and incidents through the field, which served to throw some teams’ strategies into disarray.

One beneficiary was the Tekno Autosport combination of Shane van Gisbergen and Jeroen Bleekemolen, who found themselves leading into the closing stages of the race until the final round of pit stops.

Tony D'Alberto finished an impressive fourthThey went on to finish second ahead of the Bathurst 1000 winners, Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards, who completed the podium after starting from fourteenth on the grid.

Their result was all the more impressive given they had to make an extra trip through the pit lane after being mechanically black-flagged when his #5 Ford’s side window came loose.

They finished just metres in front of the Tony D’Alberto / Jonny Reid combination (pictured above), who netted D’Alberto’s eponymous team its best result of the season on the back of a strong qualifying performance.

Russell Ingall and Ryan Briscoe rounded out the top-five in their SuperCheap Auto Commodore, with Will Davison and Steve Owen finishing sixth in the sister FPR Ford. Davison rather embarrassingly tangled with his brother Alex, who drives the affiliate Charlie Schwerkolt-owned Falcon.

David Wall and co-driver Chris Pither brought some solace for the Brad Jones Racing stable, after their lead drivers Jason Bright and Fabian Coulthard both ran into trouble. Bright failed to make qualifying and the race start following a huge practice accident on Friday when co-driver Andrew Jones was behind the wheel. Coulthard was in contention for a podium finish until he damaged his suspension after hopping the kerbs.

The second 300-kilometre race of the weekend will take place tomorrow, which will be preceded by a 30-minute qualifying session.


2013 V8 Supercars Gold Coast 600 – Race 1 Final Classification (102 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Craig Lowndes / Warren Luff Holden Triple 8 Engineering 2:12:10.610
2. Shane van Gisbergen / Jeroen Bleekemolen Holden Tekno Autosports + 8.715
3. Mark Winterbottom / Steve Richards Ford Ford Performance Racing + 12.719
4. Tony D’Alberto / Jonny Reid Holden Tony D’Alberto Racing + 13.095
5. Russell Ingall / Ryan Briscoe Holden Walkinshaw Performance + 18.244
6. Will Davison / Steve Owen Ford Ford Performance Racing + 26.108
7. David Wall / Chris Pither Holden Brad Jones Racing + 32.110
8. David Reynolds / Dean Canto Ford Ford Performance Racing + 33.483
9. Chaz Mostert / Dale Wood Ford Dick Johnson Racing + 35.233
10. Jonathon Webb / Marc Lieb Holden Tekno Autosports + 35.528
11. Rick Kelly / Karl Reindler Nissan Nissan Motorsport + 35.962
12. Lee Holdsworth / Craig Baird AMG Erebus Motorsport + 38.114
13. Scott Pye / Paul Morris Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 51.962
14. Alexandre Prémat / Greg Ritter Holden Garry Rogers Motorsport + 54.409
15. Tim Slade / David Brabham AMG Erebus Motorsport + 55.021
16. Dean Fiore / Matt Halliday Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport + 1 lap
17. Todd Kelly / David Russell Nissan Nissan Motorsport + 1 lap
18. Garth Tander / Nick Percat Holden Walkinshaw Performance + 3 laps
19. Tim Blanchard / Ashley Walsh Ford Dick Johnson Racing + 5 laps
20. Alex Davison / John McIntyre Ford Ford Performance Racing + 5 laps
21. Maro Engel / Steven Johnson AMG Erebus Motorsport + 6 laps
22. Scott McLaughlin / Jack Perkins Holden Garry Rogers Motorsport + 10 laps
  Not Classified Entry / Team Result
DNF. James Moffat / Taz Douglas Nissan Nissan Motorsport Engine
DNF. Fabian Coulthard / Luke Youlden Holden Brad Jones Racing Damage
DNF. Michael Caruso / Daniel Gaunt Nissan Nissan Motorsport Damage
DNF. Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell Holden Triple 8 Engineering Driveshaft
DNF. James Courtney / Greg Murphy Holden Walkinshaw Performance Collision
DNS. Jason Bright / Andrew Jones Holden Brad Jones Racing  

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