Hamilton: TeamVodafone Sunday notes

TeamVodafone's clean sweep continues Reigning V8 Supercar Champions TeamVodafone have continued to gain momentum with Jamie Whincup winning the fourth round of the 2009 Championship at the Hamilton 400 in New Zealand today. Whincup led home...

TeamVodafone's clean sweep continues

Reigning V8 Supercar Champions TeamVodafone have continued to gain momentum with Jamie Whincup winning the fourth round of the 2009 Championship at the Hamilton 400 in New Zealand today.

Whincup led home the two Jim Beam Racing V8 Supercars of James Courtney and Steven Johnson in what was a momentous day for TeamVodafone's manufacturing base Triple Eight Race Engineering, who designed and built four of the top five finishers.

After starting fourth following a controversial qualifying session, Whincup claimed the race lead when he pit before the leading cars. Whincup was never challenged and showed incredible pace, pulling out to an astonishing eight second lead on two occasions.

"It couldn't be any more satisfying to be racing with four other competitors who all have the same equipment and to come away with the win. It is simply sensational," Whincup said.

"The guys got the strategy 100% right by bringing me in early allowing me to get out in clear air and with good race pace."

"To come from what was a disaster last year to where I am today is a remarkable achievement for everyone on the team. I am just so stoked," he added.

Craig Lowndes' weekend largely resembled what Whincup endured in 2008 with damage in both races leaving him with next to no points. Today's incident saw him retire from the race after he clipped a tyre bundle in the notorious chicane and broke a pin in the front upright.

"I had a Jamie Whincup weekend on the streets of Hamilton," Lowndes lamented.

"It was very disappointing for all the team to see my car back in the garage with damage in both races, but particularly today's race which earned me no points what-so-ever." "I can only blame myself for the shortcomings and I will be looking to make amends at the next event in two weeks time," he concluded.

The TeamVodafone V8 Supercars will be airlifted back to Brisbane on Tuesday to begin preparing for the next two rounds of the V8 Supercar Championship Series which will be held at Victoria's Winton Motor Raceway in a fortnight's time.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , James Courtney , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Jim Beam
Teams Triple Eight Race Engineering