Lowndes Scores Queensland Win

Craig Lowndes has taken his second round victory of the season as he held off Marcos Ambrose to win the Queensland 300 at Queensland Raceway

Lowndes Scores Queensland Win

Lowndes' win backed up his round win at Barbagallo in May. Second place for Marcos Ambrose extended his lead in the championship to 105 points over Steven Richards, with Russell Ingall and Todd Kelly still close behind in third and fourth. Mark Skaife remained in fifth but lost ground after finishing in twelfth place.

The start of the race saw Lowndes and Ambrose break away at the front, with Russell Ingall third, with the HRT duo of Todd Kelly and Mark Skaife not far behind.

An early safety car period for a stationary Greg Ritter saw most of the field, including all the front-runners, make their compulsory pit stop for tyres. Ambrose and Lowndes swap positions as Ambrose chose to take four tyres, while his teammate Ingall lost time in the pits to drop to fifteenth.

The race restarted on lap 17, with five cars yet to pit led by Max Wilson at the front, ahead of Lowndes, Ambrose, Todd Kelly, Garth Tander and Steven Richards.

Skaife, having lost positions in the pit stops after having to queue behind his teammate, compounded his problems by spinning at turn one on lap 28, dropping him from tenth to 25th.

Up front the race was quiet, teams just beginning to make their compulsory fuel stops around half distance when the safety car returned to the track. It came on as a result of an incident on the exit of turn three between Jason Richards and Paul Morris which resulted in Richards' car destroying itself in a series of rolls. Later in the race an angry Morris was given a 60 second stop-go penalty for the incident.

As a result of this safety car all the drivers yet to take fuel dived for the pits. As the race resumed on lap 51 it was still Lowndes and Ambrose at the front, Todd Kelly in third ahead of Tander and Ingall, Kelly dropping to fifth by the end of the lap as Tander and Ingall passed him, Steven Richards taking fifth from Kelly a lap later.

A late race safety car period made no difference to the result, Lowndes just a little too fast for Ambrose, while Tander just managed to hold off Ingall for third, with Steven Richards in fifth.

Result of Queensland 300, Queensland Raceway:

Pos Driver Car 1. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon BA 2. Marcos Ambrose Ford Falcon BA 3. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VZ 4. Russell Ingall Ford Falcon BA 5. Steven Richards Holden Commodore VY 6. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VZ 7. Steve Ellery Ford Falcon BA 8. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VZ 9. Jason Bright Ford Falcon BA 10. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon BA 11. Glenn Seton Ford Falcon BA 12. Mark Skaife Holden Commodore VZ 13. David Besnard Ford Falcon BA 14. Max Wilson Holden Commodore VZ 15. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VZ 16. Craig Baird Ford Falcon BA 17. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VZ 18. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VY 19. Jason Bargwanna Ford Falcon BA 20. Brad Jones Ford Falcon BA 21. Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VZ 22. John Bowe Ford Falcon BA 23. Simon Wills Holden Commodore VZ 24. Steve Owen Ford Falcon BA 25. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon BA 26. Paul Morris Holden Commodore VZ 27. Matthew White Ford Falcon BA 28. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VZ 29. Paul Radisich Holden Commodore VZ DNF Anthony Tratt Holden Commodore VY DNF Jason Richards Holden Commodore VZ DNF Paul Weel Holden Commodore VZ DNF Greg Ritter Ford Falcon BA DNF Alex Davison Holden Commodore VZ 
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