Craig Lowndes has ensured an utter domination of the Tyrepower Tasmania 400 by the Red Bull Racing Australia team, winning this weekend’s finale at Symmons Plains to extend his lead in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

After being edged out for pole position by teammate Jamie Whincup, Lowndes made a perfect getaway at the start of today’s 84-lap race to leapfrog his teammate into Turn 1.

That gave him the all important strategic advantage over Whincup in being able to take full advantage of the pit stop strategies, which many teams were forced to compromise to avoid the risk of stacking their drivers in the circuit’s tiny pit lane.

As it was, Lowndes let through both pit stop cycles en route to victory, bringing him one race win closer to an incredible 100 visits to the top step of the dais in his Australian touring car racing career.

Whincup was just not able to live with Lowndes’ searing pace today, but managed to bring his car home in second place to cap off a fine weekend that yielded wins in Saturday’s two 100-kilometre races.

Third place went to former champion James Courtney, who made it an all-Holden podium after overtaking Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo mid-race. The dice with Courtney saw the young New Zealander’s front tracking knocked out of alignment, triggering a loss of further positions.

McLaughlin finished sixth behind Will Davison’s Erebus AMG and Fabian Coulthard’s Holden. Davison’s result brought plenty of cheer to the Erebus squad, matching the team’s best ever finish to-date, with the result coming at the end of a terrific scrap with Coulthard that went down to the last lap.

The championship now packs up and crosses Bass Strait to Victoria’s Winton Raceway for the next round of the championship, scheduled for next weekend.


2014 V8 Supercars Tyrepower Tasmania 400 – Race 3 Results (84 laps):

Driver Team / Entry Result
1. Craig Lowndes Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden 1:15:08.324
2. Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 5.391
3. James Courtney Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 10.095
4. Will Davison Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 13.028
5. Fabian Coulthard Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 13.153
6. Scott McLaughlin Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 17.486
7. Shane van Gisbergen TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 18.219
8. Tim Slade SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 18.527
9. Mark Winterbottom Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 18.903
10. David Reynolds The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 19.922
11. Russell Ingall Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 21.453
12. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG AMG + 28.244
13. David Wall Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 29.108
14. Chaz Mostert Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 31.718
15. Nick Percat Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF Holden + 33.534
16. Scott Pye Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 36.870
17. Jason Bright Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 39.270
18. Jack Perkins Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG Ford + 48.302
19. Michael Caruso Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 1 lap
20. Rick Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 1 lap
21. Todd Kelly Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima Nissan + 1 lap
22. James Moffat Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima Nissan + 1 lap
23. Robert Dahlgren Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60 Volvo + 1 lap
24. Dale Wood Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 1 lap
25. Garth Tander Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF Holden + 10 laps

Image via V8 Supercars Championship Media

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