Craig Lowndes has moved closer to reclaiming the lead in the V8 Supercars Drivers’ Championship standings with victory – the 97th of his illustrious career – in the second SuperSprint race at Barbagallo Raceway.
After fading to sixth in Saturday’s opening sprint, won by Scott McLaughlin, Lowndes wasn’t going to be beaten again. The Red Bull Racing driver made a clean getaway from pole position and controlled proceedings from there, only surrendering the lead during the pit stop sequences as the field again struggled with high tyre wear.
Fellow front row starter McLaughlin held onto second place in his Volvo, but was jumped in the pit stop cycle by series leader Mark Winterbottom and Lowndes’ teammate Jamie Whincup.
The trio finished behind Lowndes in that order, with Winterbottom unable to close up enough to the Holden driver to mount a challenge for victory.
Whincup finished third, recovering from a poor showing in the opening race to return to the podium after a nine-race drought. Fabian Coulthard and Chaz Mostert rounded out the top six, with Mostert losing fifth place to the BJR Holden in the closing stages of the race.
Scott Pye finished a strong seventh for Dick Johnson Racing Ford, followed by James Courtney, David Reynolds and Russell Ingall, who fell seven placed from his third-placed starting position. As was the case in Race 1, Ingall again found himself unable to translate his one-lap pace over a longer distance, falling to seventh before his pit stop and losing a further three spots thereafter.
Lowndes’ victory trimmed his points deficit to Winterbottom to 110 points, with a further 150 points potentially up for grabs with victory in Sunday’s 200-kilometre feature race.
2014 V8 Supercars Perth 400 – Race 2 Results (42 laps):
|Driver||Team / Entry||Result|
|1.||Craig Lowndes||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||40:59.487|
|2.||Mark Winterbottom||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 1.858|
|3.||Jamie Whincup||Red Bull Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 8.622|
|4.||Scott McLaughlin||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 13.254|
|5.||Fabian Coulthard||Lockwood Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 13.600|
|6.||Chaz Mostert||Pepsi Max Crew FPR / Ford Falcon FG||+ 14.247|
|7.||Scott Pye||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 15.092|
|8.||James Courtney||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 16.389|
|9.||David Reynolds||The Bottle-O Racing Team / Ford Falcon FG||+ 16.645|
|10.||Russell Ingall||Repair Management / Holden Commodore VF||+ 19.288|
|11.||Garth Tander||Holden Racing Team / Holden Commodore VF||+ 19.907|
|12.||Lee Holdsworth||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 20.302|
|13.||David Wall||Wilson Security Racing / Ford Falcon FG||+ 20.648|
|14.||Tim Slade||SuperCheap Auto Racing / Holden Commodore VF||+ 22.308|
|15.||Michael Caruso||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 26.217|
|16.||Todd Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 26.843|
|17.||Jason Bright||Team BOC / Holden Commodore VF||+ 28.963|
|18.||Will Davison||Erebus Motorsport / Mercedes E63 AMG||+ 32.581|
|19.||Shane van Gisbergen||TEKNO VIP Petfoods / Holden Commodore VF||+ 33.506|
|20.||Nick Percat||Walkinshaw Racing/ Holden Commodore VF||+ 33.823|
|21.||James Moffat||Nissan Hornets / Nissan Altima||+ 34.173|
|22.||Rick Kelly||Jack Daniel’s Racing / Nissan Altima||+ 36.412|
|23.||Dale Wood||Team ADVAM / Holden Commodore VF||+ 37.211|
|24.||Robert Dahlgren||Valvoline Racing Polestar GRM / Volvo S60||+ 37.746|
|25.||Jack Perkins||Jeld-Wen / Ford Falcon FG||+ 1 lap|
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