Lowndes took a clean sweep of wins at Queensland Raceway

Craig Lowndes has capped off a perfect weekend at the Coates Hire Ipswich 300, after claiming a clean sweep of pole positions and race wins at Queensland Raceway today.

The Triple 8 Holden driver won both of yesterday’s sprint races, and then cleaned up in today’s longer race to make a significant dent in the championship lead of team-mate Jamie Whincup, who had a difficult race.

Starting from the front row alongside Lowndes, Whincup appeared to stall as the field left the grid for the warm-up lap. He pitted his faltering Holden at the end of the parade lap, to find that one of his mechanics had accidentally left an air intake cover on the car. To add to his troubles of starting last and well down on the field, he then had to serve a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

To his credit, Whincup drove a sterling race to finish an impressive tenth, despite a final-lap collision with Rick Kelly.

Up at the front, Lowndes had the start all to himself and took an early lead en route to his 80th career victory, although he was shadowed race long by the ever-improving Tim Slade, who continued his red hot form to claim a hat-trick of podiums in his Stone Brothers Racing Ford.

Team-mate Shane van Gisbergen finished a distant third, fending off a late race charge from V8 Supercars rookie James Moffat, who in turn claimed his career-best finish with an outstanding run to fourth place.

David Reynolds backed his impressive qualifying form to finish in fifth place, although he could have been a contender for the final podium spot but for being knocked into a spin after his first pit stop.

Sixth place went to a hard-charging Garth Tander, who overcame more qualifying woes in his factory Holden to surge through the field from a lowly 19th on the grid.

Fabian Coulthard, Alex Davison, Steven Johnson and Whincup completed the top ten.

With Lowndes claiming the maximum 300 championship points available this weekend, Whincup’s championship lead has been trimmed to 98 points over his team-mate.

The V8 Supercar Championship Series heads into a sequence of endurance races, with the L&H 500 Phillip Island next month.


V8 Supercars Coates Hire Ipswich 300 Final Classification (Race 3 – 65 laps):

  Driver Entry / Team Result
1. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Race Engineering 1:19:06.166
2. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 / Stone Brothers Racing + 1.074
3. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing + 33.955
4. James Moffat Ford Jim Beam / Dick Johnson Racing + 35.437
5. David Reynolds Holden Stratco Racing / Kelly Racing + 42.717
6. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 46.397
7. Fabian Coulthard Holden Bundaberg / Walkinsaw Racing + 46.895
8. Alex Davison Ford Irwin / Stone Brothers Racing + 48.053
9. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam / Dick Johnson Racing + 51.395
10. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Race Engineering + 56.678
11. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Paul Morris Motorsport + 57.011
12. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team + 57.627
13. Greg Murphy Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing + 59.768
14. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 59.856
15. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 1:00.056
16. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Brad Jones Racing + 1:03.857
17. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing + 1:07.289
18. Lee Holdsworth Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport + 1:08.663
19. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing + 1:12.144
20. Tony D’Alberto Ford Wilson Security / Tony D’Alberto Racing + 1:12.807
21. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing 1 lap behind
22. Jonathon Webb Ford Mother Energy Racing Team / Tekno 1 lap behind
23. Warren Luff Holden Gulf Western Oil Racing / Lucas Dumbrell 1 lap behind
24. Paul Dumbrell Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash 1 lap behind
25. Dean Fiore Ford Triple F Racing 1 lap behind
26. Jason Bargwanna Holden Jana Living / Brad Jones Racing 1 lap behind
27. Steve Owen Holden VIP Petfoods / Paul Morris Motorsport 2 laps behind
28. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 12 laps behind

[Image and video via V8 Supercars]

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