TeamVodafone win the 2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series
Saturday 6 December TeamVodafone wrote themselves into the V8 Supercar history books at Oran Park today, winning the 2008 V8 Supercar drivers and teams championships after dominating the opening 46 lap V8 Supercar race.
Whilst only needing to finish sixth to wrap up the title, Jamie Whincup once again gave 110%. A fantastic start put him into the race lead and despite some dicing with Garth Tander in the early laps, the TeamVodafone driver basically led the race from start to finish.
Teammate Craig Lowndes who started from second on the grid fought back from a bad start to finish second. The team took maximum points from the race and in doing so secured the coveted teams championship. An emotional Whincup said he wished he could bottle the feeling but promised to stay focused with two races still to contest tomorrow
"This is an amazing feeling," Whincup said. "It is twice as good as I ever imagined.
"I got off the line really well at the start of the race and the car was a rocket. I probably shouldn't have been dicing with Garth (Tander) but I just couldn't help myself.
"It has been a long tough grind but as team, we really pieced it all together this year. I feel like we thoroughly deserve this, this is why we do what we do, money can't buy this feeling.
"We do still have two races to go so I have to stay focused, I want to finish the year knowing I did the best possible job right to the end," Whincup stated.
While Lowndes's second placing today has edged him closer to third in the championship he would still need a minor miracle to catch Garth Tander who sits 145 points in front of him.
"That was a good recovery I got too much wheel spin at the start and lost quite a few spots," Lowndes explained
"I had a consistent car that looked after its tyres well and I was able to catch both Steven (Richards) and Russell (Ingall) towards the end.
"We made up some more points on Garth in that race but there is still a fair gap. Who knows, as we have seen anything can happen here," Lowndes said.
The final round of the 2008 season will conclude tomorrow with the two V8 Supercar races to be held at 11.10am and 3.25pm