Holden veteran Craig Lowndes has revived his Supercars championship tilt with victory in Sunday’s race at Queensland Raceway.
The Team Vortex driver stole the lead off the line in the 200km race at Ipswich from pole-sitter Jamie Whincup and was never headed in a dominant drive.
It’s the 42-year-old’s second victory of the year after a win in Perth in May.
Whincup came home second – to make it two runner-up finishes for the weekend – as his wait for a 100th career race win continues.
The Red Bull Racing star at least made the most of a tough day for teammate Shane Van Gisbergen.
Saturday’s race winner Van Gisbergen gambled on a safety car being called when he saw Ford driver Scott Pye spear off the track on the final turn.
Van Gisbergen immediately decided to pit but Pye rejoined the race, leaving the Red Bull Racing star stuck in the middle of the pack and he came home 12th.
Whincup now leads the title race by 110 points from Van Gisbergen with Lowndes fourth in the standings, 150 points behind the leader.
Ford’s Chaz Mostert finished third in Sunday’s race ahead of Nissan’s Michael Caruso and defending series champion Mark Winterbottom.
The next stop on the Supercars calendar is Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint from August 26.