Good conditions meant for an exciting 3 days at the V8 Supercars Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint this year.
While Jamie Whincup dominated the majority of proceedings across the weekend, it was Craig Lowndes who managed to add another notch to his belt, racking up a 12th career victory at the Ipswich raceway.
The veteran more than proved that he’s still a contender for this year’s Supercars Championship earning a sweet 279 points at Ipswich. Despite this, Lowndes’ weekend only saw him manage a meagre amount ahead of teammate Whincup, who’s solid run over the weekend saw him claim a pole position and 2nd place in both race 16 and race 17.
The Red Bull Racing Australia driver now leads the championship by 150 points, a mere 3 points less than when the weekend began.
Whincup lead most of Saturday’s race only to be overtaken by Shane Van Gisbergen. After winning race 16 on Saturday however, Gisbergen had a shocker on Sunday’s race 17, coming in at 12th place.
Qualifying – Race 16: Chris Pither, Super Black Racing, Ford Falcon FG/X
Race 16: Shane Van Gisbergen Red, Bull Racing Australia, Holden Commodore VF
Qualifying – Race 17: Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Racing Australia, Holden Commodore VF
Race 17: Craig Lowndes TeamVortex, Holden Commodore VF
V8 Supercars Championship points:
1. Jamie Whincup – Red Bull Racing Australia – Holden Commodore VF – 1821
2. Shane van Gisbergen – Red Bull Racing Australia – Holden Commodore VF – 1711
3. Mark Winterbottom – The Bottle-O Racing – Ford Falcon FG X – 1701
4. Craig Lowndes – TeamVortex – Holden Commodore VF – 1671
5. Scott McLaughlin – Wilson Security Racing GRM – Volvo S60 – 1536