Albert Park: TeamVodafone race three report

Lowndes dominates in final AGP race TeamVodafone has continued to dominate the Sprint Gas V8 Supercar Manufacturers Challenge at the Australian Grand Prix with Craig Lowndes taking victory in the third and final race, a staggering 10 seconds ...

Lowndes dominates in final AGP race

TeamVodafone has continued to dominate the Sprint Gas V8 Supercar Manufacturers Challenge at the Australian Grand Prix with Craig Lowndes taking victory in the third and final race, a staggering 10 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

Lowndes, who claimed pole position and victory in Race 1 was third off the start and by the end of the opening lap had moved into second place. On Lap 3, the reigning Bathurst Champion took control of the race and he was never headed as tore ahead of the competition.

Today's win is the fourth race win of the year for TeamVodafone and Triple Eight Race Engineering with the only glitch on a perfect scorecard yesterday's Race 2 result where Lowndes finished third.

"It has been an incredible weekend," Lowndes said. "We have tried a few different setup options and clearly a combination of good tyres and the right setup gave us great pace both on Friday and today.

"I enjoy this track and when you have your car setup well it is a pleaser to be here.

"While this event is not part of our championship I am thrilled to have done so well in front of our major partners at this event. It is also good preparation for our next championship event at Hamilton in three weeks time," Lowndes commented.

Jamie Whincup's weekend did not get any better, the TeamVodafone pilot was run wide on the opening lap of the race and pushed back to 16th position. Once again Whincup honed his race craft on the notoriously hard to pass circuit, meticulously negotiating his way past six competitors on his fight back to 10th. "I have to say it was a tough weekend all round," Whincup admitted.

"Craig showed the true potential and speed of our cars which gives us great confidence ahead Hamilton.

"I did the best I could with the hand I was dealt and I am proud of the way I was able to fight back in each of the races," Whincup concluded.

TeamVodafone will now prepare for the second event on the V8 Supercar calendar, the Hamilton 400 from April 17-19.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup
Teams Triple Eight Race Engineering