Craig Lowndes finally claimed his first V8 Supercar race win of 2011 in the opening leg of today's two-part Queensland Raceway round.
The Triple Eight Holden driver led throughout the 22-lap race, while Tim Slade (James Rosenberg/Stone Brothers Ford) maintained the form that saw him qualify on the front row for the first time to keep Lowndes in sight throughout, eventually finishing a second adrift in the runner-up spot.
Jamie Whincup lost a little ground at the start before coming back through to third place in the second Triple Eight car.
Rick Kelly was a solitary fourth in the Kelly Racing Holden, with Steve Owen (Paul Morris Holden) and Greg Murphy (Kelly Holden) completing the top six. Lee Holdsworth's Garry Rogers Holden held third initially before sliding back to seventh as the race progressed.
The race one finishing order sets the starting grid for race two, which takes place after a short break.
Results - 22 laps:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
1. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden 26m21.5763s
2. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford + 0.9750s
3. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden + 6.8391s
4. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden + 17.2891s
5. Steve Owen Paul Morris Holden + 21.9048s
6. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden + 24.2636s
7. Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Holden + 26.4306s
8. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford + 26.4578s
9. Karl Reindler Britek Holden + 27.8654s
10. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford + 28.7323s
11. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford + 30.4685s
12. Alex Davison Stone Brothers Ford + 31.1384s
13. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 31.9460s
14. Paul Dumbrell Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 31.9733s
15. Will Davison FPR Ford + 33.0710s
16. Russell Ingall Paul Morris Holden + 33.5420s
17. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden + 34.3728s
18. David Reynolds Kelly Holden + 35.1877s
19. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden + 36.9100s
20. James Courtney HRT Holden + 38.0838s
21. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden + 38.3177s
22. Jason Bargwanna Brad Jones Holden + 38.4910s
23. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford + 38.8787s
24. Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Holden + 40.1094s
25. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford + 42.7937s
26. Jonathon Webb Tekno Ford + 49.3210s
27. Warren Luff Dumbrell Holden + 58.7018s
28. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 1m23.5067s