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)

A win at the Pukekohe Raceway in New Zealand continues to elude veteran Supercar racer, Craig Lowndes, who despite stronger qualifying sessions on Sunday, only managed to finish fourth and sixth overall in the final two races of the weekend.

However, while top spot on the rostrum wasn’t his for the taking, the strong points finishes were enough to keep him third in the drivers championship behind the two battling Red Bulls of Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen.

"It was a much better day. After yesterday (Saturday) we wanted to make a point that we can work together as a team and our qualifying was much better, although we still need to improve it," Craig said on the team’s official website.

"In the first race we probably used the rear tyres a little bit quicker than we expected, but for the second race we made some minor adjustments and the car was much, much better. I'm not sure whether it had the ultimate speed, but it was very consistent, so I'm really pleased with the progress."

We now have a four week wait for the season finale at Sydney Olympic Park, 2-4 December.