Craig Lowndes has doubled his tally at Symmons Plains as the two-time V8 Supercars champion stands on the brink of recording 100 victories.

Another seamless start paved the way for Lowndes to remain in a league of his own as not even reigning champion Jamie Whincup could provide an answer to his team mate's so far unbreakable hold around the Tasmanian circuit.

Whincup did receive a lifeline early in the race as a safety car - triggered by Andre Heimgartner unceremoniously beaching his Falcon FG X at turn four - brought Lowndes back to within in striking distance.

In reality, the 25-lap race's brief hiatus didn't make one bit of difference as Lowndes quickly reengaged and set about building a comfortable two-second gap, which Whincup never breached.

Lowndes' 99th V8 Supercars win now moves him up to second in the championship race.

Whincup's second place result was just as safe ahead of James Courtney who retained his points lead as he recorded back-to-back podium races for the Holden Racing Team.

Courtney was made to work for third place though as the Clipsal 500 champion was slow to get off the line for a second consecutive race. While the HRT driver this time was able to keep out of trouble, it wasn't until lap 17 when he finally regained the position at the expense of David Reynolds in fourth.

Reynolds - enjoying a much needed surge in performance - held third for most the race but crucially couldn't preserve his tyre's as well as Courtney's Holden.

Fifth place for Garth Tander means he maintains his third-position in the championship, albeit only by four-points ahead of Triple Eight's Whincup.

A lacklustre qualifying performance from Mark Winterbottom cost him another shot of reaching the podium but still scored valuable points in sixth ahead of Will Davison in seventh.

Shane Van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin and Lee Holdsworth all completed the top ten over ten-seconds away from the race lead.



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