Eastern Creek: TeamVodafone race one report

Whincup continues to shine with another top three finish After a wet start to Round five of the V8 Supercar Championship Series the sun finally shone at Eastern Creek for the opening V8 Supercar race today, and so did the TeamVodafone Ford...

Whincup continues to shine with another top three finish

After a wet start to Round five of the V8 Supercar Championship Series the sun finally shone at Eastern Creek for the opening V8 Supercar race today, and so did the TeamVodafone Ford Falcon BF of Jamie Whincup as it raced to second place, averting a Holden whitewash.

Whincup started off the second row of the grid after qualifying fourth and a blazing start saw the 24 year-old leap into second place behind race leader Mark Skaife.

A good stop by the TeamVodafone crew early in the race assisted Whincup in maintaining his second place following the completion of the compulsory pitstops.

Whincup mounted a challenge on Skaife in the closing laps of the race but a small error at Turn 9 saw the leading Ford driver lose time and in the end was forced to settle for second.

"My car was good from the start," Whincup said. "It balanced out as the race went on and was even better after the safety car period."

"I thought I might have had a chance to pass Mark (Skaife) after the safety car but I a pushed a little too hard at Turn 9 and ran wide."

"My goal this year is to be consistent, today's second place is another positive result but it's a long championship I am very conscious of not getting ahead of myself," he added.

Teammate Craig Lowndes clawed his way back into the points after a setup change during qualifying caught the Team out and Lowndes failed to make the cut for the final ten.

Starting from grid position 16 Lowndes got a brilliant start and claimed three positions on the opening lap. While cautious not to get caught in the mid pack mayhem Lowndes carefully worked his way back into to the top ten and in finishing ninth, claimed some valuable points.

"Today was quite frustrating," Lowndes said. "The first qualifying sector went to plan but we made some changes for the second sector which sent us the wrong way and we ran out of time to rectify them."

"I got a great start and made sure I stayed out of trouble early on. I got a few more in the pitstop and we maintained our pace throughout the race."

"The car balance is quite good we will just look for a bit more turn overnight" Craig explained.

Tomorrow's on-track action will see the V8 Supercars complete the final two 31-lap races at 12.10pm 4.00pm.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup