Lowndes Wins Race 2

Craig Lowndes won race two at Eastern Creek in New South Wales to take his first round win in over two years

Lowndes Wins Race 2

Lowndes took the win ahead of Marcos Ambrose and Greg Murphy in race two to take his first round win since the 2003 event at Phillip Island. By winning the second race, Lowndes took the round win from Ambrose who shared the same number of points, with Murphy third overall with a third and fourth place finish.

The result sees Ambrose cement his place on top of the standings, 35 points clear of teammate Russell Ingall with Steven Richards the best placed Holden in third, 123 points behind Ambrose. Former teammates Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife are close behind Richards.

At the start of race two Ambrose led into turn one ahead of Lowndes, Greg Murphy, Todd Kelly and Steven Richards.

In a reversal of race one, Lowndes moved ahead of Ambrose at the pit stops. After passing Richards before the pit stops, Ingall lost out to him after the stops.

A couple of mid-race safety car periods, the second coming out after Paul Morris hit the tyre barrier at the high-speed turn one, bunched the field up.

At the restart Ambrose was right on Lowndes' bumper, but that was as close as he got for the rest of the race. Instead, Ambrose had to worry about Murphy who spent the second half of the race looking at Ambrose's rear bumper.

Lowndes led the rest of the way to win a few seconds clear of Ambrose and Murphy, Todd Kelly in fourth with Richards holding off Ingall in the closing laps to complete the top five places.

Result of Race Two, Eastern Creek, New South Wales:

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