The veteran, who re-signed with Triple Eight for another two years in the lead-in to Winton, managed to surge to sixth on Saturday after a mammoth first stint before his opening pit stop, and he finished 15th on Sunday, a handy 11 places ahead of where he started. But it wasn’t where he wanted to be, Lowndes staying eighth in the championship, but now 334 points behind Coulthard’s series-leading tally of 1060.
What’s next? The Supercars circus journeys from the chilly climes of Winton to shorts and sun and everything else Darwin has to offer in “winter”, with races 11 and 12 of the season set for Hidden Valley on June 16-18. Whincup finished third twice in Perth, finished second twice at Winton … anyone else noticing a pattern there that sounds like a good omen ahead of the visit to the Top End?