Craig Lowndes takes 97th win in V8 Supercars at Barbagallo

Craig Lowndes brought his V8 Supercars win tally up to 97 by controlling race two of the Barbagallo weekend

Craig Lowndes takes 97th win in V8 Supercars at Barbagallo

After his fade from an early lead to sixth in race one, there was no stopping Triple Eight Holden driver Lowndes in the second event, as he maintained his advantage from pole.

Race one winner Scott McLaughlin's Volvo held second initially, but was jumped by both Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup in the pitstops.

Although Winterbottom could not get any closer to Lowndes than McLaughlin had been able to, the Ford driver's second place maintained his championship lead.

Third for Whincup was the struggling champion's first podium finish since Symmons Plains at the end of March.

McLaughlin fended off a train of cars led by Fabian Coulthard and Chaz Mostert for fourth.

The Erebus Mercedes ran long before their pitstops but the tactic backfired.

Having been among the lead pack in the first half of the race, Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison ended up only 12th and 18th.

Results - 42 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Holden 40m59.4868s 2. Mark Winterbottom FPR Ford +1.8581s 3. Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Holden +8.6221s 4. Scott McLaughlin GRM Volvo +13.2536s 5. Fabian Coulthard Brad Jones Holden +13.6003s 6. Chaz Mostert FPR Ford +14.2468s 7. Scott Pye Dick Johnson Ford +15.0592s 8. James Courtney HRT Holden +16.3886s 9. David Reynolds Rod Nash/FPR Ford +16.6454s 10. Russell Ingall Dumbrell Holden +19.2881s 11. Garth Tander HRT Holden +19.9074s 12. Lee Holdsworth Erebus Mercedes +20.3020s 13. David Wall Dick Johnson Ford +20.6479s 14. Tim Slade Rosenberg/HRT Holden +22.3084s 15. Michael Caruso Nissan +26.2169s 16. Todd Kelly Nissan +26.8425s 17. Jason Bright Brad Jones Holden +28.9634s 18. Will Davison Erebus Mercedes +32.5808s 19. Shane van Gisbergen Tekno Holden +33.5056s 20. Nick Percat Walkinshaw/HRT Holden +33.8231s 21. James Moffat Nissan +34.1728s 22. Rick Kelly Nissan +36.4122s 23. Dale Wood Britek/BJR Holden +37.2107s 24. Robert Dahlgren GRM Volvo +37.7457s 25. Jack Perkins Schwerkolt/FPR Ford +1 lap 
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