Eastern Creek: TeamVodafone Sunday races report

Podium hat-trick for Whincup TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup has continued his consistent run in the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship, finishing third overall at Round 5 of the Series at Eastern Creek Raceway today. The third placing gives him...

Podium hat-trick for Whincup

TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup has continued his consistent run in the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship, finishing third overall at Round 5 of the Series at Eastern Creek Raceway today.

The third placing gives him and TeamVodafone their third consecutive podium finish and places Jamie in a strong third overall position. After finishing fifth overall team-mate Craig Lowndes also moves up the order to sixth in the championship.

Finishing second in yesterday's race, Whincup consolidated his podium placing by finishing third in Race two and fourth in Race three.

He drove mature and consistent races, leaving little to chance but also demonstrating to his fellow competitors that the Triple Eight Falcons are competitive and can match the Commodores.

"This weekend consistency was the key," Whincup said. "I am very comfortable that we are on track in terms of progress which is obvious by our results over the past three rounds."

"I am very happy to just be out there doing the job that I am expected to do."

"With the tracks that are coming up on the calendar I am looking forward to proving that our progress is ongoing." He continued.

After finishing ninth in yesterday's race, Craig Lowndes again drove a scorching second race finishing fourth behind his teammate.

A combination of a great start and a fearless overtaking move on Todd Kelly ensured Lowndes started the final race from the second row of the grid.

Another great start saw Lowndes position himself immediately behind the leader, a position which he consolidated after his pitstop and led to an exciting finish with him constantly challenging for the lead in the dying stages.

"I got two great starts today which really helped me make up positions," Lowndes said. "We made some minor adjustments between Races 2 and 3 and they certainly paid off, our car had great cold tyre speed in the tricky Race 3 conditions."

"I had a great battle in the final race but Todd made no mistakes and I wasn't able to force the issue."

"Personally I am delighted with the car speed, the Team has been working hard to make up the deficit to the Holden's and we believe we have been able to achieve that." Lowndes added

Round six of the V8 Supercar Championship Series will be held June 22-24 at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup