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Lowndes triumphs in Bathurst 1000

AP , BATHURST AND SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Craig Lowndes won Australia's premier motor race, the Bathurst 1000, for the second time yesterday, driving his V8 Ford Falcon to victory 10 years after winning the race in a Holden Commodore.

Lowndes and co-driver Jamie Whincup avoided the carnage which claimed 17 of the 31 starters, starting from sixth-place on the grid and sprinting home over the last seven of 161 laps of the Mount Panorama circuit to take the checkered flag.

Rick and Todd Kelly, driving a Holden Commodore, finished a close second while Ford's James Courtney and Glenn Seton took third.

Lowndes built a six second lead over Kelly near the end of the marathon race but, with 10 laps remaining, Holden's Jason Richards crashed, bringing out the safety car for three laps and ensuring a grandstand finish.

Lowndes didn't give Kelly a chance in the final sprint, posting the fastest lap of the day on lap 158 to achieve the win.

Meanwhile, New Zealand racing driver Mark Porter died yesterday, two days after suffering serious injury in a high speed crash in the leadup to the race.

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