TeamVodafone aims to convert Phillip Island enduro form to sprint race pace Single-file, concrete-lined chicanes give way to wide open corners and high-speed straights when the V8 Supercar Championship Series moves from the streets of the Gold...
TeamVodafone aims to convert Phillip Island enduro form to sprint race pace
Single-file, concrete-lined chicanes give way to wide open corners and high-speed straights when the V8 Supercar Championship Series moves from the streets of the Gold Coast to Phillip Island for this weekend's 300km showdown. Event 12 on the calendar will be a pivotal one for defending drivers' and teams' champions TeamVodafone, who are hoping to return to their winning ways after some uncharacteristic results. Phillip Island opened the season of endurance in September and the team were at the front of the field for much of the weekend before eventually finishing second.
Current points leader and pilot of car #1, Jamie Whincup has predicted the warmer weather will result in greater tyre wear and said the team was well-prepared to manage any scenario.
"It's great to go back to Phillip Island as it is one of my favourite tracks," said Whincup.
"The pace we showed there are the (L&H) 500 gives us great confidence heading in, however I'm expecting the temperatures to be much hotter this time around which will make things hard on the tyres.
"It's time to turn around our run of results and use the team's strengths to our advantage.
"Teammate Craig Lowndes said he was looking forward to returning to Phillip Island and was confident the team would be on top of car setup.
"We were here a few months ago and the second place finish was pretty disappointing given we were in the box seat to win," said Lowndes.
"The format is completely different this weekend, we return to hard, fast sprint races and it will be the driver that best manages the available bank of tyres who comes out on top.
"A good result here is important as it will give our hard-working crew a real morale boost heading into the final few events."
Whincup and Lowndes sit 1st and 4th respectively on the championship ladder.
This weekend's event will feature 1 x 100km (22 lap) race on Saturday and 1 x 200km (44 lap) race on Sunday, with a total of 300 points on offer.