Craig Lowndes finally claimed his first V8 Supercar race win of 2011 in the opening leg of today's two-part Queensland Raceway round.
The Triple Eight Holden driver led throughout the 22-lap race, while Tim Slade (James Rosenberg/Stone Brothers Ford) maintained the form that saw him qualify on the front row for the first time to keep Lowndes in sight throughout, eventually finishing a second adrift in the runner-up spot.
Jamie Whincup lost a little ground at the start before coming back through to third place in the second Triple Eight car.
Rick Kelly was a solitary fourth in the Kelly Racing Holden, with Steve Owen (Paul Morris Holden) and Greg Murphy (Kelly Holden) completing the top six. Lee Holdsworth's Garry Rogers Holden held third initially before sliding back to seventh as the race progressed.
The race one finishing order sets the starting grid for race two, which takes place after a short break.