Hidden Valley: TeamVodafone Sunday report

Triumphant return to the podium for Lowndes TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes has recorded his first round victory of the season after dominating today's two V8 Supercar races at Round 6 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at...

Triumphant return to the podium for Lowndes

TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes has recorded his first round victory of the season after dominating today's two V8 Supercar races at Round 6 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway.

Lowndes won both 42-Lap races convincingly ahead of Holden driver Rick Kelly and was aided by two perfect pitstops from his TeamVodafone pit crew.

After finishing third in yesterday's opening race, Lowndes got a sensational start in today's first race and was comfortably placed second before his compulsory pitstop. A sensational stop saw the multiple Champion come out of the pits ahead of Rick Kelly and he was dominant right to the very finish.

In what Lowndes himself described as his best ever start, Race 3 saw him lead from start to finish and sealed the round win.

"It is so good to be back on the podium and record my first win for TeamVodafone," said Lowndes.

"This afternoon's Race 3 start was absolutely sensational and the car just felt perfect as it took off from the line."

"Basically it was faultless and did everything I needed it to do today. Even our tyre degradation was less than expected."

"I am looking forward to racing at Queensland Raceway which is our home and test track and the four week break will also be most welcome." Lowndes added.

Lowndes' team-mate Jamie Whincup did not have the final race that he hoped for with an oil seal failure on Lap 7 which forced him into the pit garage, losing him five laps and any possibility of a podium finish.

"I am very disappointed that I didn't deliver what I was hoping for. A third place in the final race could possibly have placed me third overall for the weekend.

"We had a fantastic car all weekend and unfortunately I have no reward to show for it."

"On a positive note I am still fourth in the Championship and I remain confident that the Championship is still within TeamVodafone's grasp," Whincup commented.

TeamVodafone will continue to work on improving their two Ford Falcon BF race cars, with a test day scheduled early next month.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup