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Holden takes V8 Supercar Island enduro

 

Lowndes and Skaife won the 500km V8 race for the #1 Team Vodafone team

The veteran pair, who qualified fourth on the grid, capitalised on mechanical problems from the other TeamVodafone car of Jamie Whincup to take the lead on lap 92 of the 113-lap L&H 500 at Phillip Island.

They beat home the Ford of Mark Winterbottom and Luke Youlden by 3.28 seconds while Jason Richards and Andy Jones were third in a Holden.

Lowndes and Skaife had not paired together since they won the Queensland 500 in 2000.

Lowndes said his Triple Eight Commodore felt good all day.

“When we got our last stop over and done with our car was working really well. I wasn’t sure how hard to push the car because of tyre wear and fuel consumption, but we got by as Jamie made a mistake into Honda and then he had his own problems with the oil cooler, which actually helped me in terms of gaining a bigger gap to second and third,” Lowndes said.

He said his car was running extremely low on fuel at the end of the race, and he had flashbacks to last year’s L&H 500 when he lost the race on the final lap.

“Towards the end I was looking after the car and driving it straight. When you have a five to six second gap you can really look after the car,” he said.

Series leader Whincup's Triple Eight Commodore was black flagged on lap 92 after developing an oil leak and was forced into the pits.

L&H 500 Phillip Island Race Results:

1 888 C.Lowndes/M.Skaife 
2 5 M.Winterbottom/L.Youlden    
3 8 J.Richards/A.Jones    
4 15 R.Kelly/O.Kelly    
5 47 T.Slade/J.Perkins    
6 19 J.Webb/David Russell    
7 55 P.Dumbrell/D.Canto    
8 39 R.Ingall/P.Morris    
9 2 G.Tander/C.McConville    
10 4 A.Davison/D.Brabham    
11 34 M.Caruso/G.Ritter    
12 18 J.Courtney/W.Luff    
13  51 G.Murphy/T.Blanchard    
14 12 D.Fiore/M.Patrizi    
15 3 T.D’Alberto/S.Price    
16 17 S.Johnson/M.Marshall    
17 21 K.Reindler/D.Wall    
18 7 T.Kelly/D.Wood    
19 24 F.Coulthard/C.Baird    
20 11 J.Bargwanna/G.Seton    
21 6 S.Richards/J.Moffat    
22 27 D.Assaillit/A.Pedersen    
23 44 G.Emery/M.Zukanovic    
24 30 M.Noske/N.Pretty    
25 16 T.Ricciardello/T.Douglas    
26 10 A.Thompson/N.Percat    
27 9 S.van Gisbergen/J.McIntyre    
28 22 W.Davison/D.Reynolds    
29 1 J.Whincup/S.Owen    
DNF 33     L.Holdsworth/D.Besnard    
DNF 14     J.Bright/M.Halliday


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