Courtney dominates Ipswich race one

Jim Beam Racing's James Courtney made up for missing out on pole position by absolutely dominating the first race of the Ipswich 300 at Queensland Raceway, taking Ford's first win of the 2010 season

Courtney dominates Ipswich race one

Courtney took the lead from Garth Tander on lap four and never looked back, extending the margin by a second a lap, winning by over 13 seconds despite easing his pace in the closing laps.

Team Vodafone's Craig Lowndes took second after moving up in the opening laps, losing a place during the pitstops then passing three cars in six laps late in the race.

He just held off Shane van Gisbergen who fell to seventh by lap five and was still there after his pitstop, before he tore through the field, moving from seventh on lap 28 to third just seven laps later.

Fourth was a remarkable recovery for Jamie Whincup, starting by moving up to seventh by the time of his first pitstop which he took earliest of all. It paid off, vaulting him up to third after the stops, losing out to Lowndes and van Gisbergen in the closing laps but taking Tander with three laps to go.

Fifth must have been a little disappointing for Tander, having trailed only Courtney for the first three quarters of the race. In the end, he just held off Steven Johnson and Lee Holdsworth, the trio covered by 1.5 seconds at the chequered flag. Rick Kelly, Mark Winterbottom and Jonathon Webb completed the top ten, all three DJR cars making the top ten.

After a poor qualifying in 24th, Russell Ingall recovered well to finish 14th, one place ahead of Will Davison whose 2010 struggles continue, dropping eight places from his starting position.

Late-race contact with Michael Caruso saw Ingall's team-mate Greg Murphy spun from 16th to 23rd, though Caruso himself fell from 16th to 25th on the final lap. Todd Kelly finished last after a clash with Alex Davison damaged Kelly's steering.

Pos Driver Make Time 1. James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 46m13.2975s 2. Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE + 13.4417s 3. Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG + 14.8467s 4. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE + 20.0612s 5. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE + 21.7543s 6. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG + 22.2400s 7. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE + 23.2574s 8. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE + 26.4963s 9. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG + 32.9213s 10. Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG + 42.0747s 11. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE + 44.6873s 12. Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE + 45.7304s 13. Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE + 48.8001s 14. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE + 49.0249s 15. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE + 49.3651s 16. Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG + 54.1464s 17. Daniel Gaunt Holden Commodore VE + 54.3871s 18. Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG + 54.6818s 19. Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE + 55.0666s 20. Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE + 55.3215s 21. Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG +1:02.5761s 22. Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE +1:03.5590s 23. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE +1:04.1420s 24. Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE +1:04.8146s 25. Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE +1:14.6676s 26. Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 27. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG + 1 lap 28. Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG + 3 laps 29. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE + 9 laps 
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