This week on SuperArchive: Skaife and Lowndes go to war at Phillip Island

10 Jan 2022
Lowndes' dominance in Sydney and Skaife's breakthrough victory
2 mins by James Pavey

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Monday January 10 at 6.00pm: 2001 Sydney Race 5

Fast from the moment he hit the Eastern Creek circuit, Craig Lowndes was untouchable in Sydney.

Initially claiming victory ahead of Marcos Ambrose, Lowndes was hit with a post-race time penalty for passing Greg Murphy under Safety Car conditions, relegating him to 12th.

Ambrose was also given a penalty for an illegal overtake on Murphy which saw the rookie bumped back to 13th.

Murphy was declared the winner of the opening Sydney race.


Wednesday January 12 at 6.00pm: 2001 Darwin Race 8

The second race at Hidden Valley Raceway was dominated by Russell Ingall, who won Saturday’s opener.

The opening lap saw a close call for Steven Johnson who suffered front spoiler damage after spearing off between Turn 2 and 3.

Despite leading most of the 35-lap event, Ingall encountered a tail-shaft problem with only two laps to go, handing the win to Greg Murphy.

Friday January 14 at 6.00pm: 1998 Phillip Island Race 10

Mark Skaife claimed his first win of the 1998 season at Phillip Island after a topsy-turvy campaign.

Lowndes started from pole alongside Glenn Seton, but Skaife’s great jump off the line saw him clinch the lead.

Lowndes challenged his Holden teammate to the flag, attempting a last moment lunge down the inside but had to settle for second.

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