SATCC Round 8 - The Wrap 21/6/98 RACE 1 11:30am 21/6/98 Birthday boy Craig Lowndes grabbed a surprise gift from 1998 Shell Supercar rival Russell Ingall to extend is championship lead in Race...
SATCC Round 8 - The Wrap 21/6/98 RACE 1 11:30am 21/6/98
Birthday boy Craig Lowndes grabbed a surprise gift from 1998 Shell Supercar rival Russell Ingall to extend is championship lead in Race 1 of Round 8 at Melbourne's Calder Park Raceway. Mobil Holden Racing Commodore star Lowndes, already leading the race by a comfortable margin, saw Ingall's Castrol Perkins Commodore speared off the tack on the last of the 21 laps and finish a lowly 11th, handing Lowndes a 30 point leading with two races remaining on today's programme. Ingall leaves the track...... Lowndes' teammate Mark Skaife, who started from pole, pulled off a superb manoeuvre in traffic to pass the Pirtek Falcon of Jason Bright for second place, while Greg Murphy brought the new HRT VT Commodore home in 9th despite a first-lap incident that severely rearranged the cars front spoiler and bonnet. RACE 2 1:30pm 21/6/98 Jason Bargwanna took full advantage of a magnificent start and celebrated his first every victory in the Shell V8 Supercar Series with a fighting win over series leader Craig Lowndes in Race 2 at Calder Park. Bargwanna's win was the first ever for the Valvoline Cummins Team run by Garry Rogers, since they joined the level 1 division last year, and was the first win by a new driver since Greg Murphy's win at Calder last year. After a disappointing race one, Russell Ingall finished a credible 4th in his Castrol Commodore, but still lags Lowndes by 34 points on the Championship Board. Holden's Mark Skaife once again paid dearly for fluffing his start from the front row, but eventually fought back to finish 5th. Dick Johnson celebrating his 100th race start this weekend with teammate John Bowe, has his celebrations spoiled when his Shell Helix Falcon caught fire and was eliminated on Lap 4.
RACE 3 3:30pm 21/6/98 Cancelled Washed Out!! Torrential rain put an end to Craig Lowndes' party at Calder Park in Round 8 of the Shell V8 SUPERCAR Series when the 3rd and final race of the day was cancelled at 4:15pm, 35 minutes after the scheduled starting time. The cancellation gives Lowndes, celebrating his 24th birthday today, a mortgage on the drivers' championship after he extended his lead over rival Russell Ingall to 34 points with a win and second place today. With just 2 rounds remaining, he now leads the championship on 804 points with Castrol's Ingall on 770 points. Ingall's day started badly, finishing the first race in 11th after brake failure on the final lap and picking up 4th in the second battle. Second overall today was Jason Bargwanna in the Valvoline Cummins Commodore who won the second race and placed 4th in the first; while Jason Bright scored two thirds to pick up third overall for the day.
Officials called an end to the day's racing after Holden's Greg Murphy took his Commodore VT on 2 laps of the drenched circuit, by-passed the pits, and drove immediately back to his garage.
Lowndes 1st, Bargwanna 2nd, Bright 3rd
Next Round - Darwin's Hidden Valley Circuit on July 19