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Townsville drought continues for Lowndes

NZN 9/07/2016 Ed Jackson

He's got the most wins in Supercars history but the streets of Townsville continue to confound Craig Lowndes.

The Holden veteran's 12th place finish in Saturday's 200km race was just the latest miss at the Reid Park street circuit for Lowndes.

In 16 starts at Townsville Lowndes is yet to win with his best finishes being second places in the final races of the 2011 and 2012 events.

Lowndes also has just one pole position in Townsville.

His struggles proved doubly costly on Saturday as his championship rivals all maximised their points.

Teammates Jamie Whincup and Shane Van Gisbergen finished first and second and Ford star Mark Winterbottom came home third.

Those results meant after starting the day second in the title race just 30 points behind Whincup, Lowndes left the track fourth on the standings - 111 points behind leader Whincup.

The 42-year-old knows a similar display in Sunday's 200km race will be unacceptable as far as his title hopes are concerned.

"It was a disappointing day, but all in all, we'll take something out of it and make sure the car's better for tomorrow," Lowndes said.

"What we need to do is get better tyre life. When the tyre is a good tyre, we have too much understeer and as we go along we sort of hurt the rear too much.

"There is a change in balance over the course of the runs, which we need to look at, but of course we've got data from today to have a good look through before we head into qualifying tomorrow."

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