Todd Kelly wins Island race one

Jack Daniel's Racing's Todd Kelly took victory in the first race of the L&H 500 at Phillip Island, just holding off Craig Lowndes at the finish

Todd Kelly wins Island race one

Kelly made a good start and led from start to finish, opening a gap in the early laps before being chased down by Lowndes towards the end, who charged up the order after starting from in eighth position.

Will Davison finished third, while Shane van Gisbergen did a fantastic job to finish fourth after starting outside the top ten in 12th position, Russell Ingall doing a similar job to move up from 16th to fifth.

After starting the race from pole position, Paul Dumbrell lost out to Todd Kelly at the start and drifted down the order throughout the race, finishing just behind Ingall and just ahead of David Reynolds to take sixth place.

Just over half the field made the compulsory tyre stop to be taken in either of today's races, the highest finishing runner of those cars being Steven Richards in 15th place, the team choosing to pit despite running in the top-five in the opening laps.

Another pair of cars who took their tyre stop in the first race were the two Jim Beam Racing cars. However, their hopes of a good finish disappeared at the start, Warren Luff making a poor start and Steven Johnson making an even worse one.

Starting fifth and fourth respectively, Luff and Johnson completed lap one in 11th and 22nd places. In the end, they did well to end up third and fifth of the cars that chose to pit.

Pos Driver Make Time 1. Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 22:29.2630 2. Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon FG + 0.4126 3. Will Davison Holden Commodore VE + 6.4346 4. Shane van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG + 9.3376 5. Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE + 12.8469 6. Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE + 13.0058 7. David Reynolds Holden Commodore VE + 13.5722 8. Dean Canto Ford Falcon FG + 19.1337 9. Steve Owen Holden Commodore VE + 20.6833 10. Allan Simonsen Ford Falcon FG + 21.0229 11. Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE + 33.7245 12. Mark McNally Holden Commodore VE + 37.6166 13. Ben Collins Holden Commodore VE + 40.0622 14. Dean Fiore Holden Commodore VE + 41.1827 15. Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG + 51.9031 16. Cameron McConville Holden Commodore VE +1:00.6435 17. Warren Luff Ford Falcon FG +1:03.4392 18. Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE +1:07.4712 19. Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG +1:08.8704 20. Daniel Gaunt Ford Falcon FG +1:11.0246 21. Mark Skaife Holden Commodore VE +1:14.3957 22. Greg Ritter Holden Commodore VE +1:20.4852 23. Dale Wood Holden Commodore VE +1:21.3284 24. Michael Patrizi Ford Falcon FG +1:21.7525 25. Mark Noske Holden Commodore VE +1:24.8185 26. Tony D'Alberto Holden Commodore VE +1:25.0850 27. Paul Morris Holden Commodore VE +1:32.0717 28. Leanne Tander Ford Falcon BF +1:35.4934 29. Sam Walter Holden Commodore VE + 1 lap 30. Andrew Fisher Ford Falcon BF + 1 lap 31. Karl Reindler Ford Falcon FG + 1 lap 32. Brad Lowe Ford Falcon BF + 3 laps 
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