Whincup back on track after Tassie success
CRAIG Lowndes will have to wait until round three of the V8 Supercars Championship in Perth next month to reach the magical 100-win milestone, after a penalty on turn two at Symmons Plains cost him any chance of a weekend hat-trick.
After taking his record to 99 victories with wins in Saturday's two 60km races, the Queenslander again started from pole in Sunday's 200km finale, but was out of business soon after the start following an incident that saw Ford's Dave Reynolds get shuffled to the back of the field.
Will Davison's Mercedes was also caught up in the collision, forced out of the race with a broken steering arm.
When the dust settled it was six-time champion Jamie Whincup who went on to take the chequered flag, elevating him back to the top of the standings.
The Red Bull driver said he was pleased to get top points, but disappointed his team-mate had not been able to bring up a century of wins.
"I certainly didn't expect to be sitting here this weekend," Whincup (pictured) said.
"It's tight down there at turn two. To get around there cleanly is hard work and unfortunately they tripped over each other. I took the rewards but not how I would have liked it.
"We didn't have a bad weekend but I wasn't the quickest out there.
"The weekend was owned by my team-mate who I would have liked to have seen get the triple and 100 wins."
The three wins for Red Bull marked the second consecutive year the team secured a clean sweep at the round in Tasmania.
Ford young gun Chaz Mostert produced a brilliant drive to finish second yesterday, picking his way through most of the field, while New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen took the other spot on the podium.
After his early drive-through penalty, Lowndes managed to pass most of the field to finish a credible sixth, lifting him to third overall on the standings, just 23 points behind Whincup.
TOP FIVE: Jamie Whincup 483, James Courtney 464, Craig Lowndes 460, Garth Tander 457, Shane van Gisbergen 456.