Safety car comes into play at Albert Park

The first safety car of the event made an appearance in today’s race at the Australian Grand Prix in which Red Bull Racing Australia finished third and seventh.

Craig, who finished the higher of the two Red Bull Commodores, got a good start and maintained his second position, but a lock-up caused him to run wide, letting the Holden of Fabian Coulthard past.

With the laps cut by a safety car early in the race, Lowndesy didn’t manage to reclaim the spot, despite having the fastest car on track.

“The car was much better today,” he said.

“We made some more changes overnight and the track temperature was a little bit hotter which worked with the direction we went with the car, going a little bit softer.

“We’ve managed to gain enough points to start third tomorrow so it would be nice to get a podium finish with a straight car and go away from the Grand Prix in good shape.”

Meanwhile, Jamie finished in his starting position as he managed to claw back a few spots that he lost at the start.

“There’s not much you can do with 12 laps especially when you’re under safety car for a good chunk of them,” J-Dub said afterwards.

“We didn’t quite have the car underneath us that we would have liked and I lost a few spots off the start, which was my own fault. It was a tough day, but tomorrow is a new day and we’ll come out fighting.”

The fourth and final race of the event for the V8 Supercars gets underway tomorrow at 1.20pm AEDT, the grid for which is decided by the accumulated points over the last three races. There are also double points up for grabs, so it’s all to play for.