Craig Lowndes has won the opening race of the Coates Hire Ipswich 300, his first win of the year and his seventh at Queensland Raceway.

Starting from pole, the TeamVodafone driver led from start to finish, but was pushed hard all the way by Lucky 7 Racing's Tim Slade who crossed the line just under a second behind  to record his first podium finish.

“It's great to get the win being here at our home track,” said Lowndes after the race.

“The competition is so tough and after seeing a lot of the Victorian teams come here in the past and do so well, hopefully it’s our turn to take the trophy home!”

With no stops for fuel or tyres the 22 lap sprint was an intense affair with multiple battles throughout the field.

After losing ground at the start dropping from fourth to sixth into the first corner, series leader Jamie Whincup quickly worked his way up to third by the seventh lap passing Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing's Karl Reindler on the first lap, Jack Daniel's Racing's Rick Kelly on lap three and lastly Fujitsu Racing GRM driver Lee Holdsworth, but he was unable make any inroads on the two leaders.

After a five-lap long battle, Rick Kelly got the better of Holdsworth on lap 16 going on to claim fourth from VIP Petfoods driver Steve Owen. Making up ten positions, was Pepsi-Max Crew's Greg Murphy who finished an impressive sixth ahead of Holdsworth, Jim Beam Racing's Steve Johnson and Karl Reindler. Benefitting from strong tyre life, the big mover was Jim Beam Racing's James Moffat, racing from 22nd to 10th in his first main series race at his home test track.

Race one results determine the starting grid for the second event and the teams only have a 15-minute service window to fix the cars and grid up again before race two gets underway.

Race 16 Results:

Pos Entrant Driver Vehicle Fastest Lap Fastest Lap Time Race Time Laps Points
1 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Commodore VE2 3 01:11:0506 26:21:5763 22 75
2 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Falcon FG 2 01:11:1221 26:22:5513 22 69
3 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Commodore VE2 2 01:11:4727 26:28:4154 22 65
4 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Commodore VE2 2 01:11:6397 26:38:8654 22 60
5 VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Commodore VE2 6 01:11:6874 26:43:4811 22 56
6 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Commodore VE2 6 01:11:8404 26:45:8399 22 51
7 Fujitsu Racing GRM Lee Holdsworth Commodore VE2 2 01:11:4898 26:48:0069 22 48
8 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Falcon FG 6 01:12:0559 26:48:0341 22 45
9 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Commodore VE2 4 01:11:8018 26:49:4417 22 42
10 Jim Beam Racing James Moffat Falcon FG 4 01:11:9226 26:50:3086 22 39
11 SP Tools Racing Shane van Gisbergen Falcon FG 6 01:11:8957 26:52:0448 22 36
12 Irwin Racing Alex Davison Falcon FG 4 01:12:0127 26:52:7147 22 35
13 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon Mark Winterbottom Falcon FG 3 01:12:0731 26:53:5223 22 33
14 The Bottle-O Racing Team Paul Dumbrell Falcon FG 4 01:11:9667 26:53:5496 22 32
15 Trading Post FPR Falcon Will Davison Falcon FG 7 01:12:2486 26:54:6473 22 30
16 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Commodore VE2 10 01:12:2648 26:55:1183 22 29
17 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Commodore VE2 5 01:12:2287 26:55:9491 22 27
18 Stratco Racing David Reynolds Commodore VE2 8 01:12:1738 26:56:7640 22 26
19 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Commodore VE2 8 01:12:2494 26:58:4863 22 24
20 Toll Holden Racing Team James Courtney Commodore VE2 8 01:12:3888 26:59:6601 22 23
21 Team Boc Jason Bright Commodore VE2 11 01:12:1002 26:59:8940 22 21
22 Jana Living Racing Jason Bargwanna Commodore VE2 8 01:12:0355 27:00:0673 22 20
23 Triple F Racing Dean Fiore Falcon FG 9 01:12:3242 27:00:4550 22 18
24 Bundaberg Racing Fabian Coulthard Commodore VE2 8 01:12:5117 27:01:6857 22 17
25 Wilson Security Racing Tony D’Alberto Falcon FG 10 01:12:6352 27:04:3700 22 15
26 Mother Energy Racing Team Jonathon Webb Falcon FG 3 01:12:2986 27:10:8973 22 14
27 Gulf Western Oil Racing Warren Luff Commodore VE2 4 01:12:7602 27:20:2781 22 12
28 Toll Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Commodore VE 8 01:12:1037 27:45:0830 22 11