Craig Lowndes completes clean sweep of Queensland wins in race three
|Sunday, August 21st 2011, 07:42 GMT|
Craig Lowndes completed a perfect weekend at Queensland Raceway as he made it three wins from three races to add to his double pole.
Lowndes had led throughout yesterday's two shorter races and was similarly in control in today's 65-lap event.
He could never relax, though, as James Rosenberg/Stone Brothers Ford driver Tim Slade continued his best V8 Supercars form yet to chase Lowndes all afternoon, finishing just over a second adrift.
His Queensland victories were a significant boost to Lowndes' championship hopes, as his points-leading team-mate Jamie Whincup had a nightmare Sunday race.
An air intake cover had accidentally been left on his car, forcing him to pit after the warm-up lap and start last. He then incurred a pitlane speeding penalty before fighting back to 10th, despite a last-lap collision with Rick Kelly.
Shane van Gisbergen narrowly beat James Moffat to the final podium position as the rookie scored his best V8 Supercar result yet in fourth.
David Reynolds was fifth, while Garth Tander charged through from 19th on the grid to take sixth for Holden Racing Team, just ahead of Fabian Coulthard, Alex Davison and Steven Johnson.
Results - 65 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Craig Lowndes Triple 8 Holden 1h19m06.1660s 2. Tim Slade Rosenberg/SBR Ford + 1.0743s 3. Shane van Gisbergen Stone Brothers Ford + 33.9553s 4. James Moffat Dick Johnson Ford + 35.4370s 5. David Reynolds Kelly Holden + 42.7174s 6. Garth Tander HRT Holden + 46.3973s 7. Fabian Coulthard Walkinshaw Holden + 46.8949s 8. Alex Davison Stone Brothers Ford + 48.0534s 9. Steven Johnson Dick Johnson Ford + 51.3953s 10. Jamie Whincup Triple 8 Holden + 56.6776s 11. Russell Ingall Paul Morris Holden + 57.5452s 12. James Courtney HRT Holden + 57.6266s 13. Greg Murphy Kelly Holden + 59.7677s 14. Michael Caruso Garry Rogers Holden + 59.8564s 15. Todd Kelly Kelly Holden + 1m00.0558s 16. Karl Reindler Britek Holden + 1m03.8566s 17. Rick Kelly Kelly Holden + 1m07.2887s 18. Lee Holdsworth Garry Rogers Holden + 1m08.6632s 19. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford + 1m12.1440s 20. Tony D'Alberto D'Alberto Ford + 1m12.8067s 21. Will Davison FPR Ford + 1 lap 22. Jonathon Webb Tekno Ford + 1 lap 23. Warren Luff Dumbrell Holden + 1 lap 24. Paul Dumbrell Rod Nash/FPR Ford + 1 lap 25. Dean Fiore Triple F Ford + 1 lap 26. Jason Bargwanna Brad Jones Holden + 1 lap 27. Steve Owen Paul Morris Holden + 2 laps 28. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden + 12 laps