Gold Coast: Team Betta Saturday report

LOWNDES EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD Craig Lowndes has extended his championship lead to 111points ahead of Holden driver Rick Kelly following his fifth placing in today's opening V8 Supercar race at the Lexmark Indy 300. After an incident packed...

LOWNDES EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD

Craig Lowndes has extended his championship lead to 111points ahead of Holden driver Rick Kelly following his fifth placing in today's opening V8 Supercar race at the Lexmark Indy 300.

After an incident packed top ten shootout Craig Lowndes and team mate Jamie Whincup started the race from fourth and fifth respectively, both improving on yesterdays qualifying positions.

While both drivers got off the start line well Jamie Whincup was forced into early retirement when his car jumped out of second gear and he was left without engine brakes, hitting the wall at Turn 8.

A slower than expected pit stop left Lowndes with some ground to make up on a circuit that is traditionally very hard to pass on.

"I got a good start and was comfortably running in fourth looking after the car and seeing what the pace of the race would be," Lowndes said.

"Through our pitstop we lost a position and I had a battle with James Courtney but managed to get by him."

"The car improved as the race went on and we were catching Jason Richards but basically ran out of laps."

"We gained another 10 points on Rick (Kelly) and have a straight car for tomorrow so can't ask for much more," Lowndes added.

A disappointed Jamie Whincup will start tomorrow's Race 2 from the rear of the grid and hopes to make up some of the valuable points he lost today.

"I got off to a good start and was working into a good race rhythm on the opening two laps," Whincup said. "On the third lap the car knocked itself out of gear which meant I had no engine brakes and I hit the wall at Turn 8."

"There was significant damage to the front end and I was unable to continue which leaves me at the back of field for tomorrow's first race."

"It won't be easy but I need to make up as many places as possible." Whincup concluded.

Race 2 for the V8 Supercars gets underway at 11.05am with the Race 3 to commence at 3.55pm.

-credit: team betta

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup