Mark Winterbottom has edged closer in the direction of his very first V8 Supercars title with a fifth-put complete in the opening race of the time-ending Sydney five hundred, but it is not all above for Craig Lowndes.
The Ford superstar began the 37-lap dash from pole place and took a conservative method in a bid to safeguard his direct above Holden rival Lowndes.
The pair had been divided by 179 points heading into the weekend, but the hole grew to 204 details following Lowndes completed fifteenth.
A highest of 225 points is up for grabs across the round’s final two races.
Veteran Lowndes started very last on the grid following sending his Commodore into the wall in the course of qualifying and, generally, fought his way via the subject.
He essential a result of far better than 15th to preserve his title hopes alive if Winterbottom gained.
But the man affectionately identified as ‘Frosty’ was not fussed about a race victory, with his eyes firmly on the huge prize.
He relinquished the lead to Holden’s Shane van Gisbergen on lap two and, right after the compulsory pitstops, also permit by way of the Commodores of Jason Vivid, James Courtney and Tim Blanchard.
Lowndes’ team-mate Jamie Whincup won the race – his seventh of the season, even though the 6-time winner is out of title contention.
He concluded forward of van Gisbergen, Bright and Courtney.
It was the 1st time that the Sydney five hundred had not been interrupted by a safety car.
It was also the 1st time in the event’s background that the entire discipline has concluded a race.
Saturday’s 2nd and ultimate race begins at four.50pm (AEDT), with Whincup commencing on pole place.
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