Craig Lowndes earned his first win of the 2012 season today

Craig Lowndes has finally kickstarted his account of wins for the 2012 V8 Supercars championship season, with the TeamVodafone Holden driver narrowly holding out team-mate and defending champion Jamie Whincup in today’s closing race of the SkyCity Triple Crown at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway.

Today’s 200-kilometre, 69-lap race was again run in baking conditions, and teams’ strategy options were left wide open when the race was interrupted by an early safety car period.

In the end, the honours for the race came down to a three-way stoush between Lowndes, Whincup and Ford Performance Racing’s Mark Winterbottom. Third-placed Lowndes got by Winterbottom, and then overtook team-mate Whincup with just three laps to go.

Having made his tyre change earlier than his Holden rivals, Winterbottom faded away from the lead battle and just managed to hang on to finish on the final podium spot, denying GRM Holden driver Michael Caruso his first top-three result of the season after an impressive display.

Fabian Coulthard finished in fifth place, while outgoing points’ leader Will Davison finished sixth, losing time after queuing behind team-mate Winterbottom when the pair pitted on the same lap when the safety car had been deployed.


2012 V8 Supercars SkyCity Triple Crown Darwin – Race 1 Result (69 laps):

Driver Entry / Team Laps Result
1. Craig Lowndes Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 69 1:29:04.4833
2. Jamie Whincup Holden Team Vodafone / Triple 8 Racing 69 + 0.9377
3. Mark Winterbottom Ford Orrcon Steel / Ford Performance Racing 69 + 16.2887
4. Michael Caruso Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 69 + 16.7152
5. Fabian Coulthard Holden Lockwood Racing / Brad Jones Racing 69 + 21.6881
6. Will Davison Ford Trading Post / Ford Performance Racing 69 + 27.9640
7. Shane van Gisbergen Ford SP Tools / Stone Brothers Racing 69 + 31.3922
8. David Reynolds Ford The Bottle-O Racing Team / Rod Nash 69 + 36.1837
9. Garth Tander Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 69 + 47.8074
10. Tim Slade Ford Lucky 7 Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 69 + 52.2200
11. James Courtney Holden TOLL / Holden Racing Team 69 + 54.2307
12. Lee Holdsworth Ford Irwin Racing / Stone Brothers Racing 69 + 56.2878
13. Jason Bright Holden Team BOC / Brad Jones Racing 69 + 57.0151
14. Todd Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 69 + 58.0180
15. Jonathon Webb Holden Tekno Autosports 69 + 1:02.9936
16. Taz Douglas Holden Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 69 + 1:09.0984
17. Dean Fiore Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 69 + 1:13.6966
18. Michael Patrizi Holden Tekno Autosports 69 + 1:19.1132
19. Steven Johnson Ford Jim Beam Racing / Dick Johnson Racing 68 + 1 lap
20. Alexandre Prémat Holden Fujitsu Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport 68 + 1 lap
21. Tony D’Alberto Ford HIFLEX Racing / Tony D’Alberto Racing 68 + 1 lap
22. Steve Owen Ford VIP Petfoods / Dick Johnson Racing 67 + 2 laps
23. Rick Kelly Holden Jack Daniel’s / Kelly Racing 67 + 2 laps
  Not Classified        
DNF. Karl Reindler Holden Fair Dinkum Sheds / Kelly Racing 45 45 laps
DNF. James Moffat Ford Team Norton / Dick Johnson Racing 44 44 laps
DNF. David Wall Holden Wilson Security / Brad Jones Racing 13 13 laps
DNF. David Russell Holden Pepsi Max Crew / Kelly Racing 7 7 laps
DNF. Russell Ingall Holden Supercheap Auto / Walkinshaw Racing 0 0 laps

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