Craig Lowndes takes first V8 Supercars victory of 2011 at Queensland Raceway

Craig Lowndes finally claimed his first V8 Supercar race win of 2011 in the opening leg of today's two-part Queensland Raceway round

Craig Lowndes takes first V8 Supercars victory of 2011 at Queensland Raceway

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 
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