Lowndes salutes

THE Red Bull Racing Team duo of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes ran rampant at Symmons Plains yesterday and continued their domination of the 2014 V8 Supercars series with a one-two finish in the final race of the round.

Red Bull Racing pair Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.

Red Bull Racing pair Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.

Lowndes denied his teammate  a clean sweep after Whincup had won the opening two races on Saturday, with a superb drive from the front row of the grid to claim his 96th career victory in the 84-lap, 200-kilometre race.

He flew off the start line on the front row after qualifying second alongside Whincup on pole, beating his teammate to the first corner and was never threatened, relegating Whincup to second place.

Holden Racing team's James Courtney claimed his second podium finish for the round with a third place in an all-Holden podium.

The race victory was even sweeter for Lowndes after a day of mixed fortunes on Saturday. 

Lowndes continues to lead the championship on 532 points but Whincup, who started the weekend in seventh position, has moved to second on 462 after recording two firsts and a second for the round.

The reigning V8 champion battled for podium places during yesterday's race with Courtney, Mercedes's Will Davison, the Lockwood Holden of Fabian Coulthard and Volvo sensation Scott McLaughlin. 

Davison's fourth place equalled the best V8 result for Mercedes, while McLaughlin's Volvo ran strongly to be third at one stage but faded to finish sixth.

The Ford Pepsi Max pair of Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert struggled after a poor qualifying showing, finishing ninth and 14th respectively. 

The win gave Red Bull Racing a clean sweep of the Tasmanian round to establish a dominant 283-point lead in the constructor's championship.


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