While many of the front running V8 Supercar teams failed to finish one or both of this years endurance events TeamVodafone's Car ...
While many of the front running V8 Supercar teams failed to finish one or both of this years endurance events TeamVodafone's Car #88 drivers Richard Lyons and Allan Simonsen are being touted as one the most formidable endurance partnerships after top ten finishes at both Sandown and Bathurst.
The two international drivers, who both hail from predominantly sports car backgrounds, returned to contest the Sandown and Bathurst endurance events for the Brisbane based Ford team for the second year in succession and caught the eye of many industry insiders with their faultless on-track performances.
Despite the limited testing opportunities available in the lead up to this year's events both drivers adapted very quickly to the TeamVodafone Ford Falcon BF and in their first outing at Sandown, they qualified inside the top 50% and finished the race tenth.
The duo's commitment to motorsport is evident, with both drivers jetting off to other parts of the world in between the endurance races to contest their respective series, Lyons to the Super GT Series in Japan and Simonsen to the British GT Series in the UK.
It was their unfaltering on track performance at Bathurst that really bought them to the forefront as without fuss or bother they overcame many a hurdle on their way to finishing 5th at Mount Panorama.
Lyons and Simonsen will now return to their respective GT title fights but don't be surprised to see them back in V8 Supercars with many hailing them as the best international endurance pairing of the modern era.
Despite only contesting two of the ten V8 Supercar rounds that have been run to date the duo sit just outside the top twenty in the championship standings.
The Lyons/Simonsen combination also has a perfect finishing record, having completed both races in 2006 and 2007. Their selection compliments the team's endurance history which has proven successful with podium finishes in both events for the past three years.