Phillip Island: TeamVodafone Friday notes

TeamVodafone duo make a solid start to the L&H 500 Vodafone drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes made a solid start to their L&H 500 Phillip Island campaign today, recording the second-fastest time at the conclusion of the combined practice...

TeamVodafone duo make a solid start to the L&H 500

Vodafone drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes made a solid start to their L&H 500 Phillip Island campaign today, recording the second-fastest time at the conclusion of the combined practice sessions.

The duo used the opening session to gather feedback and work on the #888 V8 Supercar's setup, all the while battling the circuit's notorious crosswinds from the coast.

Whincup set their fastest time in the final 50-minute session and was satisfied with the results heading into tomorrow's qualifying sessions.

"It is great to be back at Phillip Island, it is without a doubt, one of the best circuits in the country," said Whincup.

"We came across a few small setup gremlins which we are confident we can nut out overnight."

"Friday always comes down to the practice tyres you have to work with, so we really won't know where we are in the order until tomorrow's qualifying," he added.

Lowndes said he was looking forward to hitting the track tomorrow with a new setup direction established.

"We had an interesting day and came across a few hiccups which we were able to get on top of early," said Lowndes.

"Not everything went to plan, we also had some knock off in the brakes which gave Jamie a long pedal, but we're confident that we can make it a much nicer and more flowing car tomorrow."

"We'll also be keeping a closer eye on the wind direction as it interrupted our schedule a bit today," added Lowndes.

Car #888 engineer Jeromy Moore said the sessions were productive and allowed the drivers to find a balance in settings.

"We used today's practice to work on fuel economy and also to find a setup that suited both Jamie and Craig," said Moore.

"We've got some good data to work with which should vastly improve the car for qualifying."

Car #88 pilots Allan Simonsen and James Thompson made steady progress in their first outing as teammates fnishing the day 17th fastest. Having raced with the team in the past, Simonsen was on the pace early and provided engineer Mark Dutton with solid feedback. He was also able to work closely with Thompson, imparting valuable advice and sharing thoughts on setup."All-in-all I was pretty happy with our result," Simonsen said. "We ran full tanks in all three sessions to work on fuel economy."

"Although the sessions are quite long I would have liked a few more laps but we have a full session tomorrow before qualifying to work on a couple of things."

Simonsen's british counterpart James Thompson spent his time in the car familiarising himself with the iconic track.

"I spent the day familiarising myself with the track and the car whilst staying out of trouble," he explained

"This is a great track and I am sure when you get to know it well it is a joy to drive.Tomorrow's ontrack action will see each driver undertake another practice session ahead of qualifying for their individual races. The first 14-lap race will commence at 2.35pm with Race B to follow at 4.25pm. L&H 500 Phillip Island Practice Results

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Thompson , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Allan Simonsen , Mark Dutton , Phillip Island