Craig Lowndes takes 100th V8 Supercar win
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In what was a dramatic day of racing on the newly resurfaced Hidden Valley Raceway; Craig Lowndes has taken his one hundredth ATCC/V8 Supercar victory. The opening race of the weekend was taken out by Mostert for a Prodrive Racing 1-2 finish with teammate Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes winning the second of the incident packed sprint races.
In the opening race it didn’t take long for drama to unfold as third and fourth place starters Fabian Coulthard and Jamie Whincup came to blows. Appearing to get too deep under brakes, Whincup clipped the rear of Coulthard’s Commodore sending the pair off the track, Coulthard subsequently retiring
David Reynolds, Andre Heimgartner, and Jason Bright all found themselves quickly dropping out of the top ten – Reynolds spinning at the final corner whilst Bright and Heimgartner both ran off the road at the first turn.
After the earlier incident, Craig Lowndes had begun to move his way through the field. However with just five laps remaining the Red Bull Racing driver spun off causing yet another fire and safety car.
Mostert winning the first race of the weekend to secure a Prodrive Racing 1-2 with Mark Winterbottom coming home in second. Nissan Motorsport driver Rick Kelly secured third place, later starting the second race from pole position.
Much like the opening race, the second sprint was again a dramatic affair with Coulthard involved in another incident at the opening corner. Pole sitter Rick Kelly locked up at the opening corner, punting the Lockwood Racing Commodore off the track.
With four laps remaining Shane van Gisbergen was hot on the heels of Chaz Mostert and Tim Slade -but came off the road towards the end of the lap dropping to sixth - a move a lap later however putting the Kiwi back into fifth.
At the head of the field Lowndes streaked away to over Tim Slade and Chaz Mostert to five seconds, taking his one hundredth win over the ATCC and V8 Supercar championships. Tomorrow sees a twenty lap qualifying session for the V8 Supercar championship followed by a seventy lap feature race.