Russell Ingall: Craig Lowndes not slowing down yet
IPSWICH could be the meet in which Craig Lowndes gets back on the middle step of that podium.
I would love to see it.
It was at Ipswich 12 months ago when he last claimed a Supercars race victory.
He knows that track better than anyone.
I really hate it when punters, and also people internally, say the problem with Craig is he's getting older.
That's why the three-time championship winner (1996, 98-99) is not qualifying as well as he used to.
For Craig, the qualifying thing is a by-product of the new tyre. It's got a funny edge to it, and very hard to get feel out of it.
When you've driven in the category for as long as Craig has, and all of a sudden you get a curve ball thrown at you, it's a bit difficult to get your head around.
It's just unfortunate, motor sport is very much about qualifying.
It doesn't reward the racer.
There's guys who can lead a race really well, and then there's guys who can race really well.
And I regard the two best racers in the field the two oldest drivers, Garth Tander, 40, and Lowndes, 43.
There should be a bonus points system - for passing and moving up the field.
Craig's races at the last meeting in Townsville were unbelievable.
In Saturday's race he came from 19th on the grid to finishing sixth on a street circuit on which it is hard to pass, but he got nothing for it.
Triple Eight certainly think he has plenty left in the tank, having just signed him up again for another couple of years
So that pressure is gone, and I think he's going to be revitalised.
I know everyone's jumping on the Scott McLaughlin train, but another veteran looking good is fellow Triple Eight driver Jamie Whincup.
Until you get the equipment under you, you've got to stay in contention
Play the points game. That's what the six-time champion has done.
Now his Commodore is getting a bit closer pace-wise to the front-running Holdens at DJR Team Penske, driven by McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard.
Triple Eight has given him a better toy to play with. It showed with his first victory of the series in Townsville.
And the 34-year-old now trails young McLaughlin by just six points.
The form could continue at Ipswich, where Triple Eight has an outstanding record.
Everyone thinks it's an easy track because there are only six turns. But, it makes it harder when you've got less corners.
Go to Philip Island and you've got 12 corners to play with. If you're not too strong in one sector sometimes you can make it up in another
When you've got six, you've got to get every one right. It is tricky.
It is not the most technical looking circuit, but there is an art to it
In qualifying, you make a mistake on one of them and it's game over. You could be pole or you could be 15th.