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Lowndes wins race 3

Craig Lowndes continued his championship revival as he won the third V8 Supercar race at Surfers Paradise, winning the round overall along the way

Lowndes took another start-to-finish win to make it two wins and a second in the three races. Mark Skaife and Greg Murphy were close behind to complete the podium in race three, and finished third and second overall respectively.

Ingall, who had been having a great weekend until after race two, then had a nightmare in race three. After aborting an entry to pit lane on lap six to avoid hitting the back of Steve Ellery, costing him several places, he pitted next lap around, only to miss the second chicane on his out lap as he experienced brake problems.

Then to add insult to injury, Ingall was given a drive-through penalty for clipping the yellow line on the lap he aborted his pit entry, stewards apparently preferring he had run into the back of Ellery than abort and lose track position. Ingall finished the race in 24th position.

Ironically Marcos Ambrose's bad weekend finally had a good turn, as he charged through the field to finish eleventh.

What this means is the championship has compressed once more. Ingall still leads, but a pack of four sit within reach. Ambrose is 66 points back, Lowndes is 81 behind, Skaife 94 and Todd Kelly 110 points, less than two race wins with six races remaining in the final two rounds.

Steven Richards, who began the weekend 121 points behind Ingall, had a weekend to forget and is now sixth, 191 points off the lead with a maximum of 384 points available.

The start saw Lowndes keep the lead as behind him Murphy and Tander diced for second while Skaife dropped to fourth just ahead of Cameron McConville.

During the mid-race pitstops Skaife was the big winner, moving past both Murphy and Tander into second place as Lowndes streaked away at the front.

A late-race caution bunched the field up but the order remained static after the restart, Lowndes winning from Skaife, Murphy, Garth Tander and McConville.

Result of race three:

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

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