Lowndes takes race 2

Craig Lowndes took his first race win on the Gold Coast when he took victory in race two at Surfers Paradise

Lowndes takes race 2

Lowndes virtually repeated Greg Murphy's efforts from the day before as he took a near lights-to-flag win to take his first victory on the narrow Australian street circuit. Murphy finished second ahead of Mark Skaife, who made it two third places in two races.

Russell Ingall took fourth for the second consecutive race to increase his points lead. His closest challenger Marcos Ambrose struggled with a broken rear wing after a spin while fighting down the field to finish in 27th.

Todd Kelly did however make a good recovery after his problems yesterday and finished 14th. Another rear-of-grid starter, Steven Richards, looked set for a top ten finish until he collided with David Besnard with three laps remaining, Richards dropping to seventeenth and could yet face a penalty for the incident.

The start of the race saw good starts for Lowndes and Ingall as they leapt their row-mates to move into the lead and third respectively, with Murphy and Skaife in second and fourth.

And from there it was plain sailing for the leaders, the only change up front occurring when Skaife moved ahead of Ingall during the compulsory pit stops mid-race.

Lap 17 did however see the retirement of Jason Richards from seventh place, after he clouted the tyre wall towards the end of the lap, the car too damaged to complete the race.

And so Lowndes took his first Surfers win to reverse the order of the top two placing from Saturday, while Skaife and Ingall were next to make it the same top four finishers (in a slightly different order) in both races so far this weekend.

Result of race two:

Pos Driver Car 1. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon BA 2. Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VZ 3. Mark Skaife Holden Commodore VZ 4. Russell Ingall Ford Falcon BA 5. Garth Tander Holden Commodore VZ 6. Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VZ 7. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VZ 8. Steve Ellery Ford Falcon BA 9. Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VZ 10. Jason Bright Ford Falcon BA 11. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon BA 12. Craig Baird Ford Falcon BA 13. Paul Radisich Holden Commodore VZ 14. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VZ 15. John Bowe Ford Falcon BA 16. Brad Jones Ford Falcon BA 17. Steven Richards Holden Commodore VY 18. Dean Canto Holden Commodore VZ 19. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VY 20. Jason Bargwanna Ford Falcon BA 21. Greg Ritter Ford Falcon BA 22. Paul Morris Holden Commodore VZ 23. Paul Weel Holden Commodore VZ 24. Glenn Seton Ford Falcon BA 25. Alex Davison Holden Commodore VZ 26. Max Wilson Holden Commodore VZ 27. Marcos Ambrose Ford Falcon BA 28. Matthew White Ford Falcon BA 29. Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon BA 30. David Besnard Ford Falcon BA DNF Jason Richards Holden Commodore VZ DNF Anthony Tratt Holden Commodore VY 
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