GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 23: Craig Lowndes driver of the #888 TeamVortex Holden Commodore VF during qualifying for race 23 of the Supercars Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise Street Circuit on October 23, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Craig Lowndes finished the second half of this weekend’s Clipsal 500 in tenth placed, making it two top ten finishes from two races and while he had hoped for a stronger result, the veteran racer is happy with how his Team Vortex Commodore was performing….

“It was a much better day today, the car was a lot better," he said. "We qualified worse off, but that was because of a mistake I made at turn nine and that was something that I was annoyed with myself about. The guys did a great job again."

Starting fifteenth on the grid for race two, Craig certainly had his work cut out for him, especially as he fought to pass the mid field traffic.

"In the race we had great car pace and great tyre life, which is a positive that we'll take out of this weekend. We were in traffic all day, it's very difficult to pass around here. But we're very pleased with where we've ended up, we've made a lot of progress."

Despite his traffic concerns, strong pit stops put him in a position where he could claw back some very valuable positions and points….

"I think we had much more potential in the car than where we finished, but you've got to take those days," he continued. "We made improvements with the car, we're top 10 in the championship, which is great, and we go away from this weekend with a lot more knowledge. We do have to clean up our qualifying, but we've got some good ideas for that going into our next round."