Hamilton: TeamVodafone race 1 report

Whincup steadies the ship in the wet at ITM 400 in Hamilton Even the rain couldn't hold TeamVodafone back today in race seven of the V8 Championship Series in New Zealand. After gaining pole position with the fastest lap time in the Top ...

Whincup steadies the ship in the wet at ITM 400 in Hamilton

Even the rain couldn't hold TeamVodafone back today in race seven of the V8 Championship Series in New Zealand.

After gaining pole position with the fastest lap time in the Top 10 Shootout, Jamie Whincup went on to tussle with Garth Tander for first place throughout the 59-lap race, motoring home to win.

While the drizzle made some laps slippery it wasn't substantial enough to warrant a change to wet tyres. The first safety car was out on laps 1, 2 and 3 and laps 45, 46 and 47 were also completed under safety car.

Whincup felt confident going in to today's race after a good practice session yesterday. He explains how his confidence paid off resulting in his 38th career win, his fifth win from seven starts this year and a new lap record at Hamilton. Whincup explains that today was not a bad day in the office.

"It was a tough race with a battle right from the start with GT. I wasn't entirely happy at the start of the race, primarily because I didn't feel I was in the zone with my car. It had nothing to with the car itself, but how I felt inside it.

"I got caught by Tander as a result, but then lucky for me the rain came down. It gave me some breathing space to allow him to be the pioneer.

"The boys did an awesome pit stop and I came out in front and that's pretty much how the day finished.

"I'm really happy with the car. In fact, I'm prepared to say it's the best car I've ever driven," Whincup said.

Craig Lowndes had a day of fours. He came fourth in qualifying, had a consistent race starting and finishing in fourth place, which resulted in him jumping from sixth to fourth place in the championship points.

"It's a great result for us considering where I was at in 2009.

"We managed to turn the tables and this result gives me great confidence for tomorrow. I'll admit I had a bad run last year, but am really happy to have managed to stay constant in qualifying and then in the race today," Lowndes said.

"I still need to work on my consistency here in New Zealand but it's a huge step forward for me personally. It was a huge confidence booster starting from my best qualifying position. Results from today are very, very pleasing."

Tomorrow's on-track V8 Supercar action starts with qualifying at 11:00 NZST followed by race eight at 15:05 NZST.

-source: teamvodafone

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup