How Lowndes/Richards can wrap up PIRTEK Enduro Cup

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
  • |
  • 21/10/2018
  • By Supercars.com

A 14th place finish in today’s second leg of the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 is all that’s required for Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards to wrap up the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

The veteran duo entered the weekend with a 60-point advantage over the Scott McLaughlin/Alex Premat and Shane van Gisbergen/Earl Bamber combinations in the three-event contest.

Lowndes and Richards’ hopes appeared in trouble after a horror Saturday qualifying, where Lowndes was 16th fastest, and copped a five-place grid penalty for impeding Richie Stanaway.

However, it all turned around in the race as the Autobarn Holden surged to second, while McLaughlin/Premat were fifth after an early incident and van Gisbergen/Bamber 10th following a drive-through for a pitlane infringement.

It left Lowndes/Richards to head into today 87 points clear of the Shell Ford and 120 ahead of the Red Bull Holden.

The Chaz Mostert/James Moffat and Scott Pye/Warren Luff combinations are next in the order, both 150 points adrift of the lead, with 150 available for the race win.

Mostert/Moffat remain in mathematical contention, due to the possibility of beating Lowndes/Richards on a countback of wins, should they succeed again today.

Lowndes is aiming to join Luff as a two-time winner of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

They won the inaugural title together in 2013, before Luff repeated the feat alongside Garth Tander at the Holden Racing Team in 2015.

Victory would be the perfect end to the five-year Lowndes/Richards partnership, which is set to dissolve following the former’s decision to retire from full-time driving at the end of 2018.

Lowndes will co-drive a Red Bull HRT entry next year, while Richards’ Supercars future is currently unclear.

PIRTEK Enduro Cup points standings
Position/Team Points Diff
1
Autobarn Lowndes Racing
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
696 0
2
Shell V-Power Racing Team
Driver number Ford Falcon FG X
609 -87
3
Red Bull Holden Racing Team
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
576 -120
4
Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
546 -150
5
Supercheap Auto Racing
Driver number Ford Falcon FG X
546 -150
6
Red Bull Holden Racing Team
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
519 -177
7
Erebus Penrite Racing
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
474 -222
8
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
456 -240
9
Shell V-Power Racing Team
Driver number Ford Falcon FG X
432 -264
10
Castrol Racing
Driver number Nissan Altima
363 -333
11
Alliance Truck Parts Racing Team
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
360 -336
12
The Bottle-O Racing Team
Driver number Ford Falcon FG X
342 -354
13
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
315 -381
14
Milwaukee Racing
Driver number Ford Falcon FG X
309 -387
15
Monster Energy Racing
Driver number Ford Falcon FG X
294 -402
16
Castrol / Plus Fitness Racing
Driver number Nissan Altima
288 -408
17
Freightliner Racing
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
270 -426
18
Tekno Autosports
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
255 -441
19
Team CoolDrive
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
252 -444
20
Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
243 -453
21
Bigmate Racing
Driver number Holden Commodore VF
219 -477
22
Preston Hire Racing
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
216 -480
23
Erebus Penrite Motorsport
Driver number Holden Commodore ZB
204 -492
24
Team Harvey Norman
Driver number Nissan Altima
177 -519
25
RABBLE.club Racing
Driver number Ford Falcon FG X
168 -528
26
Industrial Athlete Racing
Driver number Nissan Altima
96 -600
Stay In The Know
Sign up to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Newsletter