Lowndes takes the perfect score from opening Australian Grand Prix raceFor Immediate Release: 27 March 2009TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes has enjoyed a perfect start to his Australian Grand Prix campaign claiming pole position and winning the...
Lowndes takes the perfect score from opening Australian Grand Prix raceFor Immediate Release: 27 March 2009TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes has enjoyed a perfect start to his Australian Grand Prix campaign claiming pole position and winning the opening 15-lap race of the Sprint Gas Manufacturers Challenge at Melbourne's Albert Park today, while teammate Jamie Whincup tore through the field on his way to finishing seventh.
After setting the quickest time in qualifying yesterday Lowndes was once again the fastest man on track, winning the top ten shootout to take pole position and hand his fellow Ford drivers a start from the right hand side of the grid.
Despite experiencing a mediocre start, Lowndes maintained position for the entire duration of the race and set another lap record on his way to victory in Race 1.
"I actually got a pretty average start but I had enough to cover for second spot and then passed Frosty when he ran wide a few turns later," Lowndes explained.
"We have really good cold tyre speed and that allowed some great drive but I was conscious of looking after the tyres, given that we will have to use them again sometime this weekend.
"I still believe we can find some more improvements in the car that will suit this track," Lowndes added.
Teammate Jamie Whincup took it easy off the start and dropped back to 17th before passing 10 cars on his way to finishing seventh. "We achieved our main goal of keeping the car straight," Whincup said.
"I could have been more aggressive at the start but I wanted to make sure we looked after the car and avoided trouble.
"Clearly we have the pace. I am really looking forward to the next two races," he added.
The second of three 15-lap races that make up the Sprint Gas Manufacturers Challenge will be contested at 6.15pm (AEDST) tomorrow.