Clipsal: Team Betta Electrical Friday report

Team Betta Electrical fly Ford Flag in Clipsal 500 Shootout Team Betta Electrical drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have flown the Ford flag in V8 Supercar qualifying today, at the opening round of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship...

Team Betta Electrical fly Ford Flag in Clipsal 500 Shootout

Team Betta Electrical drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have flown the Ford flag in V8 Supercar qualifying today, at the opening round of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

Whincup and Lowndes were the only Ford drivers to grace the Top Ten Shootout and after qualifying third (Whincup) and fourth (Lowndes) the pair finished the shootout in sixth and seventh place respectively.

While the team will make some minor changes to the setup of both Team Betta Electrical Falcons overnight Lowndes is confident the cars will be competitive for the first leg of the Clipsal 500 tomorrow.

"Without having the opportunity to race at the Australian Grand Prix it is now interesting to see where our competition lays," Lowndes said.

"Obviously HRT have done some homework over the Christmas break and have come here with a very quick package.

"With a few minor setup changes overnight we are more than confident our race package will be both reliable and competitive tomorrow," Lowndes added.

In his first official outing for the Brisbane based team, Jamie Whincup made an impressive debut with consistent top five results throughout the morning practice sessions.

Whincup recorded his best ever qualifying position and said he was pleased with today's results.

"I am very happy with my results today," Whincup said This is my best . "ever V8 Supercar qualifying position .

"I felt a bit like a kid at his first day of school and after a long off season it was great to finally get car #88 out on track.

"The objective tomorrow is to have a clean run, collect as many points as possible and secure a good starting position for Sunday," Whincup concluded.

Saturday's action includes Warm-up and the first 250km leg of the Clipsal 500 which will get underway at 2.00pm (local time).

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup