The victories keep coming for the all-new Commodore Supercar as Lowndes breaks winning drought

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2018 Supercars Championship Round 3. Tasmania SuperSprint, Symmons Plains Raceway, Tasmania, Australia.
Friday 6th April to Sunday 8th April 2018.
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The all-new Holden Commodore Supercar continues to impress on race tracks across Australia after picking up both race wins at the latest round of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in Tasmania.

Crowd favourite and Aussie motorsport icon Craig Lowndes powered his Autobarn Commodore to victory today, breaking a winless drought which stretched back to July of 2016.

“We’ve be pushing hard, we said we want to be constantly pushing for podiums and pushing for wins this year, I’ve said that this car suits me and hopefully we’ve proved that this weekend.” Lowndes said.

“It’s a massive credit to the team and everyone at Autobarn Lowndes Racing, it’s been a long time coming and I just can’t thank the team enough.

“When you’ve got a car that works so well and is really nice on the tyres you can do anything you want really, and we had a good car which we could push when we needed to and save when we needed to, and it builds confidence when you’ve got a good car under you and a good team around you.”

Lowndes was joined on today’s podium by Scott McLaughlin and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Jamie Whincup.

Whincup’s second place sees him now take the lead of the Supercars points standings with the Erebus Motorsport Holden of David Reynolds in equal second.

On Saturday Holden Motorsport celebrated with a clean sweep of the Virgin Australia Supercars podium with Whincup winning Race 7 at Symmons Plains ahead of Lowndes and Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing’s James Courtney.

For Red Bull Holden Racing Team driver Whincup it was his 110th race win in Supercars and his 12th around the Symmons Plains circuit.

“We had our head down and went as hard as we could but, although it might look simple on the outside, there’s just so much going on around a short little track like this.” Whincup said.

“We had plenty of pressure from behind with a lot of guys pitting late, so there was a lot going on although it looked like we were out the front controlling it. It was lucky we didn’t need a safety car at the end because our tyres were pretty much done.”

Overall, eight all-new Commodore Supercars finished inside the top-10 in both races this weekend in what was another dominant display by all Holden Supercars teams.

The all-new Qualifying format proved a master stroke for Holden teams with nine Commodore Supercars occupying top-10 spots on the grid for Race 7 with Van Gisbergen securing pole position on Saturday.

Lowndes won qualifying on Sunday which was his first pole position in an astonishing 981 days.

The driver of the weekend went to the rookie Jack Le Brocq who qualified fifth today to finish Race 8 in fifth, adding to his top-10 result from Saturday.

Just three races into his main game Supercars career the Tekno Autosports Holden driver is leading the race of the rookies in the drivers’ standings.

“I’m wrapped!” Le Brocq said.

“It was awesome to get a top-10 yesterday and to back it up today with another good qualifying and a top-5 is a testament to all the guys we’ve been working really hard for the last couple of weeks to turn it around and now we’ve got to just keep going forward.”