TeamVodafone top practice at V8 Supercar Grand FinaleFor Immediate Release: Friday 5 DecemberDespite being on the verge of securing their maiden V8 Supercar Championship title, TeamVodafone are showing no signs of easing off at the NRMA Motoring & Services Grand Finale at Oran Park.
Championship leader Jamie Whincup posted the quickest practice time today while teammate Craig Lowndes was third fastest.
Both drivers endured tough sessions with tyre degradation making it difficult to find the right race setup. The move to green tyres late in the session saw car balance improve to provide a good qualifying setup but the team will work hard tonight to ensure they have consistent cars for tomorrow's opening 46-lap race.
Acknowledging that he would do what it takes to bring the car home safely in tomorrow's race Whincup said he would still give 100 percent in qualifying.
"That was a tough session the track is extremely slippery and is starting to degrade in sections which is going to impact on tyre wear during the race," Whincup explained.
"We struggled a bit with car balance on our used practice tyres but the car was very good on green tyres which is good for qualifying as the further up the field you qualify the easier it is to stay out of trouble.
"My aim for the race will be to try and finish in the top six and wrap up the title so we can get out there and have some fun on Sunday," Whincup admitted. Craig Lowndes posted another top three time but warned that car balance for the race was critical at this track.
"We had a difficult practice as the tyre degredation is very high here at Oran Parkl," Lowndes said.
"The first four or five laps are the best chance of doing a time so I am going to have to be on the pace right from the get go in each qualifying session.
"We worked very hard on car balance early in the session when we were on our used tyres but got to a stage where our changes weren't making much sense so we still need to work on finding an optimum setup for race conditions," Lowdes added.
Jamie Whincup sits 233 points clear of Mark Winterbottom in the V8 Supercar Championship Series and only needs to finish in the top six of tomorrows opening race to secure the title.
The V8 Supercars will qualify at 12.05pm with the first of three 46-lap races to get underway at 3.45pm.