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Craig Lowndes lead from start to finish to claim his first win of 2015 season at Symmons Plains.

The Triple Eight Race Engineering driver qualified on pole position, leading to Lowndes getting the jump on Ford’s Mark Winterbottom. Lowndes never looked back and took victory by two seconds over Winterbottom.

Winterbottom’s Ford was constantly harassed by James Courtney’s Holden, the factory driver holding a comfortable third place extending his championship lead with two races left to go in the weekend however his podium position was surrounded in controversy after he punted off Will Davison at the hairpin on lap 1.

Nissan Motorsport driver Tod Kelly was another victim in the first race being taken out at the turn four hairpin by Lee Holdsworth, leading to the Walkinshaw performance driver getting a penalty.

After the action packed opening laps the race settled with Shane Van Gisbergen claiming fourth position while Chaz Mostert rounded out a good first race for Prodrive Racing  finishing fifth.

David Reynolds made it a third Ford in the top ten finishing sixth, while current V8 Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup finished seventh.

The bottom end of the top ten was rounded out by the three Holden’s of Garth Tander, Tim Slade and Fabian Coulthard.

While one of the early season favourites, Scott McLaughlin poor start season continued. The Kiwis forced to retire his Volvo after an engine issue  after qualifying 18th.

Charlie Price – charlie@sportscarglobal.com