ATCC: Report Lakeside Round 7

LAKESIDE QLD. MAY 12... LOWNDES ON TOP AT LAKESIDE: Holden factory driver Craig Lowndes looks headed for a championship in his rookie year following a clean sweep of round 7 of the Shell Australian Touring Car Championships The 21 year old took a...

LAKESIDE QLD. MAY 12... LOWNDES ON TOP AT LAKESIDE: Holden factory driver Craig Lowndes looks headed for a championship in his rookie year following a clean sweep of round 7 of the Shell Australian Touring Car Championships The 21 year old took a perfect three from three in his new Commodore supercar to take overall points from the steadily improving Alan Jones in his Pack Leader Racing Ford Falcon and Lownde's arch rival for the title Tasmanian John Bowe. In race one pole sitter and local legend Dick Johnson blew the start and was swamped by fellow veteran Peter Brock and Lowndes. Jones and Bowe battled it out for fourth while Wayne Gardner lost an engine was forced out. Lowndes moved past Brock to set up a factory formation one two. Johnson was third just holding out Glen Seton while Bowe beat of Jones for fifth. Lowndes won the start in the second heat from Brock and Seton and was never headed. Tony Longhurst and Mark Skaife diced mid field before Skaife put his Commodore in to the kitty litter. While Dick Johnson's day got even worse when he slowed after his pit crew miscounted the laps sending there unamused boss back to ninth. Lowndes set a new lap record. Race 3 was Peter Brock's chance to shine as he won the start from Lowndes. Glen Seton had a bumping duel with former team mate Alan Jones causing the former to pit with overheating problems caused by a crushed front grille. Back in the pack a fierce battle developed between Russell Ingall, Mark Skaife, Wayne Gardner, and Steven Richards. Tony Longhurst pulled a great overtaking manoeuvre on John Bowe only to lose it later in the loop. Brock looked set for a much needed victory when his Commodore pulled of with a front end problem leaving Lowndes to take his third chequer of the day from Alan Jones, John Bowe, Dick Johnson, Russell Ingall, and Steven Richards. With only three rounds to go Lowndes looks almost certain to become the youngest winner of the title with only defending champ John Bowe any chance of unseating the young Melbourne racer from top spot. The series now makes long cross continent journey to Barbagello raceway in Perth for round 8 on May 26.

HEAT ONE DRIVER TEAM CAR TYRE CRAIG LOWNDES MOBIL/HOLDEN RACING TEAM HOLDEN COMMODORE BS CRAIG LOWNDES MOBIL/HOLDEN RACING TEAM HOLDEN COMMODORE BS DICK JOHNSON SHELL/FAI/DICK JOHNSON RACING FORD FALCON D GLEN SETON FORD CREDIT RACING FORD FALCON BS JOHN BOWE SHELL/FAI/DICK JOHNSON RACING FORD FALCON D ALAN JONES PACK LEADER RACING FORD FALCON BS

HEAT TWO CRAIG LOWNDES MOBIL/HOLDEN RACING TEAM HOLDEN COMMODORE BS PETER BROCK MOBIL/HOLDEN RACING TEAM HOLDEN COMMODORE BS GLEN SETON FORD CREDIT RACING FORD FALCON BS ALAN JONES PACK LEADER RACING FORD FALCON BS JOHN BOWE SHELL/FAI/DICK JOHNSON RACING FORD FALCON D LARRY PERKINS TEAM CASTROL HOLDEN COMMODORE D TONY LONGHURST TEAM CASTROL FORD FALCON Y

HEAT THREE CRAIG LOWNDES MOBIL/HOLDEN RACING TEAM HOLDEN COMMODORE BS ALAN JONES PACK LEADER RACING FORD FALCON BS JOHN BOWE SHELL/FAI/DICK JOHNSON RACING FORD FALCON D DICK JOHNSON SHELL/FAI/DICK JOHNSON RACING FORD FALCON D RUSSELL INGALL TEAM CASTROL HOLDEN COMMODORE D STEVEN RICHARDS VALVOLINE/CUMMINS HOLDEN COMMODORE BS

OVERALL CRAIG LOWNDES ALAN JONES JOHN BOWE

POINTS CRAIG LOWNDES 281 JOHN BOWE 258 GLEN SETON 218 PETER BROCK 172 LARRY PERKINS 151

NEXT ROUND BARBAGELLO RACEWAY, WANNAROO, WESTERN AUSTRALIA MAY 26

-- Brett Ramsey

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Series General
Drivers Alan Jones , Wayne Gardner , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , John Bowe , Tony Longhurst , Peter Brock , Dick Johnson , Steven Richards