But his Red Bull Commodore�s tyres started losing grip towards the end of the third V8 heat and Victoria�s Will Davison swept by in the Erebus Motorsport Mercedes-Benz with just four laps to go.
It was an exciting finish to the weekend�s racing, which attracted about 35,000 people and produced a double victory for Mark Winterbottom in the first and second heats, but Davison saved his tyres for the final spurt � and it paid off handsomely.
It was his first win for Erebus Motorsport, run by Betty Klimenko, and followed the team�s success at Winton Raceway a few weeks ago when Lee Holdsworth scored Erebus� maiden victory.
�I don�t know what to say, a podium would have been incredible,� a somewhat surprised Davison said.
�I knew Craig Lowndes was on number 99, but it had been a long while for a win for me.�
Lowndes still leads the championship, followed by James Courtney, Winterbottom and Fabian Coulthard, who secured two third places in the three heats.
In the V8 Utes, one of the heats went to local driver Rhys McNally.
The first was won by Victorian Kim Jane in a Commodore ute, the second by McNally, also Commodore-mounted and the final by Queenslander Ryal Harris in a Falcon ute.