Red Bull Racing Australia's Craig Lowndes has become the first ever driver to reach 100 V8 Supercars race victories in dominant fashion at the Hidden Valley Raceway.

In what was the 888th race of Australian Touring Car Championship history and also matching the race number of Lowndes' Triple Eight Holden Commodore, the odds immediately looked stacked in the Red Bull racer's favour when Rick Kelly collected Fabian Coulthard at the start of the 21-lap sprint.

Lowndes, from fifth, took full advantage of Kelly's spectacular lock up into the rear of Coulthard's Commodore and sliced his way through the inside of turn one and into a lead he would never relinquish.

Before Lowndes could really settle into the lead, the safety car was forced to take to the circuit after a multi-car collision - engaged by Andre Heimgartner and Nick Percat - littered the circuit with debris from the stricken Holden and Ford machines. The incident also caught out Jamie Whincup, who found himself at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Once the race restarted, Lowndes quickly pulled away from the rest of the pack, which was led by Supercheap Auto Racing's Tim Slade in second with Prodrive Racing Australia's Chaz Mostert snapping at the Holden's heels in third position.

It was Mostert's relentless pursuit of Slade's second place which allowed Lowndes to scurry away into the distance. But for all the pressure the race one winner hurled towards the Supercheap Auto Commodore entry, Slade refused to buckle and held the second step on the rostrum.

Mostert settled for his second podium finish in succession in third while DJR Team Penske's Scott Pye posted his best finish of the year in fourth.

Pye's fourth came at the expense of Tekno Autosport's Shane Van Gisbergen after the Kiwi dropped off the circuit when holding the position.

Despite his error, Van Gisbergen did recover to finish in fifth ahead of Holden Racing Team's James Courtney and Prodrive Ford's Mark Winterbottom in sixth and seventh.

HRT's Garth Tander, Scott McLaughlin and David Reynolds all completed the top ten as Red Bull's Whincup could only salvage a 16th place finish.



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