Early pace sees TeamVodafone ready for battle

Leading Ford outfit, TeamVodafone are ready for tomorrows all important qualifying showdown after a positive practice run where both drivers lapped comfortably inside the top ten for the duration of the session.

Craig Lowndes spent the first part of the extended, limited lap's session jostling with teammate Jamie Whincup, Lee Holdsworth and championship rival Garth Tander for the top spot on the timesheets, the Bathurst Champion headed to the break in the number one spot.

Lowndes changed to a better set of tyres midway through the second sector, but was unable to optimize his flying lap and ended the session with the sixth fastest time.

"The car is working really well," said Lowndes. "We started with a pretty good baseline today and made some very positive progression throughout the session.

"I had a pretty good second set of tyres, but just didn't get the best out of them when I was on a flyer."

"We are happy with our race package but still have a bit of work to do on our qualifying setup," Lowndes concluded

With an extremely depleted tyre bank Jamie Whincup was forced to run on two sets of very old tyres today.

Despite lapping consistently in the top four for the majority of the session the championship leader was unable to improve on his time of 1.34.6318 but said he was not unhappy with his result given the condition of his tyres.

"We were in the same situation as practice in Tasmania," said Whincup. "We just don't have any good tyres left."

"I was really happy with the car balance today and I am confident we are going to be fast tomorrow."

This weekend TeamVodafone drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup will don black armbands in memory of Janet Cooper, a young mother and personal friend of the team who was tragically killed in a boating accident at Port Hughes on the Yorke Peninsula last weekend.

The entire team sends their condolences and best wishes to the Cooper family at this extremely difficult time.

Tomorrows V8 Supercar qualifying will get underway at 11.40am ahead of the first of three 27 lap races at 3.45pm.

TeamVodafone fans can also experience live action from within the TeamVodafone pit garage at final round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series with live and uninterrupted Garage Cam available to Vodafone customers with 3G handsets.

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