TeamVodafone gear up for Mountain challenge
The countdown has commenced to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and TeamVodafone are prepared for what is set to be a survival of the fittest when they tackle one of the world's greatest endurance challenges.
With its drivers sharing an incredible 12 Bathurst victories between them, the team is looking to add to their success at the historic V8 Supercar event, to be held on October 7-10, where drivers will duel for hours on end across the course of the 161-lap race.
Fresh from his Australian Safari win, Craig Lowndes will again team up with Mark Skaife for the endurance event and, following their L&H 500 victory at Phillip Island, are on target for another good result.
Following a test at Queensland Raceway last week, Lowndes believes the #888 car feels flawless and is extremely confident heading into the race.
"Coming away with a win at Phillip Island obviously gives us great motivation for Bathurst and for Mark and I to be able to work together again is absolutely sensational," Lowndes said.
"Testing gave opportunity to work on the car. We've run all the Bathurst drive line through it now and it's feeling great."
Semi-retired Skaife said a decade has changed nothing for the pair and he believes they will only improve at Bathurst.
"Driving together at L&H 500 was great and it didn't really seem like anything had changed, besides a few more grey hairs," Skaife laughed.
"Bathurst is a much bigger event but we are confident, between us we have won the race nine times, so we're both looking forward to it."
Defending Champion Jamie Whincup and co-driver Steve Owen are looking to put the disappointment of the L&H 500 behind them and salvage valuable championship points.
Declaring Bathurst as his favorite event, Whincup is excited to return to the track where he has claimed victory three times.
"We've got high expectations of the endurance races but it didn't start the way we would have liked." Whincup said.
"We've had four weeks between events to work on the car. The front bumper bar was bashing around a fair bit so the guys have changed the front end of the car.
"We're going into the biggest race of the year and we need to drive as quickly as we did at Phillip Island because we want a solid result. Everything's looking good so we're going to go hard and see what happens."
Co-driver Steve Owen shares Whincup's passion for the Bathurst event and believes the duo has the means to prevail.
"Bathurst is everyone's favorite track and I think that's why there's such a big focus on it. Jamie and I drive really well together and we're both confident heading into the race," Owen stated.