Pukekohe: Team Betta Electrical preview

TEAM BETTA ELECTRICAL ALL CHARGED UP FOR NEW ZEALAND Brisbane-based Team Betta Electrical are fully charged and chasing positive results when the V8 Supercar circus makes its trans-Tasman tour to New Zealand for the second round of the ...

TEAM BETTA ELECTRICAL ALL CHARGED UP FOR NEW ZEALAND

Brisbane-based Team Betta Electrical are fully charged and chasing positive results when the V8 Supercar circus makes its trans-Tasman tour to New Zealand for the second round of the series.

The current championship points leaders hold the upper hand going into the Placemakers V8 Supercars event at Pukekohe Raceway, with young gun Jamie Whincup sitting atop the table by a slender margin after his spectacular maiden victory on the streets of Adelaide.

The 2005 round marked the start of the Betta brigade's success, with multiple V8 Supercar champion Craig Lowndes taking pole position ahead of the local contingent of drivers.

The unforgiving sub 60-second circuit rewards a smooth yet aggressive approach which was Lowndes was able to master last year, and he will settle for nothing less than the front grid spot for the three race showdown next weekend.

"Pukekohe is the last of the bumpy tracks so car setup is crucial for a fast lap time," Lowndes said.

"This round marked a new beginning for Team Betta Electrical in 2005 and we will be aiming to reproduce that qualifying performance this weekend.

"We are confident we can do a good job, passing is awkward so the reverse grids will be interesting and I think we will see two groups emerge, one that attacks and another that consolidate.

"Championship wise we need to focus on points," Lowndes stated.

In only his third full season of V8 Supercar racing, 23-year-old Jamie Whincup is leading the world's most competitive touring car championship, and his humble and level-headed nature is earning him an ever-expanding fan base.

Whincup is optimistic at his chances for success on the 2.8km track and said good results will come as a result of focus and hard work.

"I'm very confident in the ability of the car and the team's handle on the track, after all Craig did have pole here last year," Whincup said.

"The main thing is to score consistent results and come away with a straight car; hopefully this will help me to maintain my championship lead.

"I'll be looking for a mix of aggression and patience in the reverse grid race, it's obviously good to finish well but race 1 and 3 are most important.

"There will be a lot of variables this weekend, in terms of weather and car handling, and the driver who can manage all of these most effectively is going to come out on top," he concluded.

Whincup and Lowndes returned their Team Betta Electrical Falcons to the Bowen Hills workshop in near perfect condition after the recent AGP support races, giving the team the ideal leadup to New Zealand event.

Lowndes will look to leapfrog his way up the leader-board this weekend and join his teammate at the pointy end of the table after a disappointing finish to the second leg of the Clipsal 500.

Between them, the teammates have won both championship races on offer in 2006 and are aiming to continue the unbeaten run next weekend.

-tbe-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup