Lowndes wins Symmons race one
|By David Wright||Saturday, November 13th 2010, 07:07 GMT|
Team Vodafone's Craig Lowndes gave his championship chances a boost with victory in race of the Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains.
Lowndes grabbed the lead at the start and was never under too much threat the rest of the way, Garth Tander hanging with him throughout the race but unable to catch Lowndes.
Greg Murphy showed qualifying was no fluke and took his first podium in over two years with third position, a couple of seconds clear of Paul Dumbrell who gained six places from his starting position by race end.
Not far behind Dumbrell was Mark Winterbottom, who looked on target for third position before an off on his out-lap after his pitstop cost him a couple of positions.
Less than a second behind him at the finish were Jamie Whincup and Russell Ingall, Whincup showing consistent pace throughout the race to move up five places from his grid position.
Steven Richards led home a train of cars in eighth place, with Fujitsu team-mates Michael Caruso and Lee Holdsworth and James Courtney less than two seconds behind him.
Courtney gained only one place from his starting position, and was lucky not to lose two more, as Jason Bright and Shane van Gisbergen's battle with each other may have saved him from losing position to both of them.
Will Davison's woes continued, finishing 22nd after being knocked into a spin at the hairpin while running in 15th place late in the race.
Today's results have seen James Courtney's championship lead over Whincup shrink to 41 points, with Lowndes 188 points behind, moving 78 points closer, and Mark Winterbottom 281 behind Courtney.
Pos Driver Make Time 1. Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE 44m18.2888s 2. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE + 4.1579s 3. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE + 7.9877s 4. Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG + 10.2710s 5. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG + 11.6385s 6. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE + 12.4524s 7. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE + 12.6346s 8. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG + 18.9877s 9. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE + 19.8738s 10. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE + 20.0846s 11. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG + 20.5076s 12. Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE + 22.1773s 13. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG + 22.6689s 14. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE + 23.1384s 15. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE + 24.6882s 16. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE + 27.3549s 17. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG + 31.4606s 18. Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG + 32.4954s 19. Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG + 32.9001s 20. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG + 36.9833s 21. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE + 41.1846s 22. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE + 43.5759s 23. Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG + 49.4893s 24. Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE + 49.9732s 25. Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 26. Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 27. Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap Not classified/retirements: Driver Make Laps Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE 36 Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 1