Phillip Island: TeamVodafone qualifying report

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TeamVodafone car #1 collects pole position at the L&H 500

TeamVodafone's young guns Jamie Whincup and Steve Owen have claimed pole position for tomorrow's L&H 500 at Phillip Island after gaining 71 points in Qualifying Races 1 and 2 today.

Car #1 driver Steve Owen set a superb pace in Qualifying Race 1 with a1:32.3273sec lap which gave him first place. Owen, who held off fellow drivers Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander, was pleased to give his team-mate an advantage and believes, if strategy goes to plan, the team will see great results. "This year has been such a positive experience. Joining with TeamVodafone is definitely a change of suit but there's a similar mentality with the team that I'm used to."

"I just go in and make sure I do my job correctly and ensure everything is ticked off. Everyone else in the team is doing such a good job, so if I do mine and they do theirs, I'm sure a podium result will look after itself." Team-mate Jamie Whincup finished fourteenth in Qualifying Race 2 today, achieving enough points to put the duo in the lead. Whincup said, "Steve did an unbelievable job in the first one. I got the worst start of my life and was at the back of the pack and, at the end, there were cars going everywhere. Somehow we managed to clean it all up and gain pole position."

"The Championship is about trying to generate more points. Although we don't really look at points until the end of the endurance races, it's still an important factor. At the moment we have a quick car. In fact, I actually feel like I'm the 'B driver' at the moment."

Car #888 drivers Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife will start on the second row of the grid tomorrow with 71 points after Lowndes finished in second place and Skaife in twenty-first place.

Lowndes said, "Other than having a bad start from too much wheel spin, the results from today were reasonably good. The car set-up is pretty spot-on and it's picking up some great pace. A really big factor for tomorrow will definitely be weather."

"Today's races were sprint form whereas tomorrow is a 113 lap race, so we will make adjustments to the car to; not only make the tyre life live longer, but also make it a nicer car to drive."

Hindered by an imperfect start to the race, Skaife is still feeling positive heading into tomorrow's race. "It was a reasonably good day overall. Being able to start fourth in the second biggest race in the country is great. Other than two bad starts, the cars speed was excellent and the car was well looked after, so it will go a long way tomorrow."

-source: teamvodafone

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Steve Owen , Shane van Gisbergen , Phillip Island