Hidden Valley: Team Betta Saturday report

Team Betta Electrical's Top End Top Ten Both Team Betta Electrical drivers, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have enjoyed consistent top ten positioning in all V8 Supercar sessions conducted at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway today. After ...

Team Betta Electrical's Top End Top Ten

Both Team Betta Electrical drivers, Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have enjoyed consistent top ten positioning in all V8 Supercar sessions conducted at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway today.

After qualifying fifth Craig Lowndes slid a spot for the start of the first race however gained two places finishing fourth in Race one while team mate Jamie Whincup qualified eighth, started from tenth on the grid and finished Race one in ninth position.

Both drivers were thwarted from higher positions due to traffic congestion on the tight 2.8 kilometre circuit and will start tomorrows reverse grid race from positions 23 (Whincup) and 28 (Lowndes).

Lowndes was very happy with the performance of his Triple Eight Race Engineering prepared Falcon BA which showed consistent race speed and highlighted that a well set up car can continue to challenge right to the chequered flag, with the three-time champion constantly looking for an overtaking position on Mark Winterbottom for most of the race.

"I got a good start and went wide in the first turn but maintained my position," Lowndes said.

"The car was really good and had great pace today, in hindsight we should have stayed out for another lap before pitting and maybe we would have got past Winterbottom in pit lane.

"We followed him into the pits and followed him out, then he held me up for most of the race and I just couldn't find a way past him," Lowndes commented.

Jamie Whincup enjoyed his best Race one result of the 2006 sprint races, culminating in a sensational drag race finish which saw the Team Betta Electrical driver pass Russell Ingall with only metres from the line.

"It feels really good to finish Race one in better spot than I started especially after my average start," Whincup said.

"The car feels great and I remained competitive particularly towards the end of the race, I guess that showed with me passing Russell (Ingall) right on the line.

"But the irony with the championship is,that I achieved my best race result to date at Hidden Valley but still will be starting 23rd in tomorrow's reverse grid race," Whincup added.

Tomorrow's V8 Supercar action features an opening reverse grid race (140kms), where starting positions are determined by reversing the finishing order from the opening race; half points only are on offer for the placings. The grid for race 3 will be determined by combining both results, and full points are awarded to the winner of this 140km final sprint.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Russell Ingall , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom