Top five for TeamVodafone in opening QLD race After a sensational morning qualifying session where Jamie Whincup secured his first ever V8 Supercar pole position the TeamVodafone duo have continued to build on their consistent results with...
Top five for TeamVodafone in opening QLD race
After a sensational morning qualifying session where Jamie Whincup secured his first ever V8 Supercar pole position the TeamVodafone duo have continued to build on their consistent results with both cars finishing inside the top five.
Jamie Whincup finished fourth and Craig Lowndes fifth after both cars struggled slightly with front end grip.
Whincup did not get the ideal start in today's 38-lap race and dropped two positions on the opening lap, while Lowndes got a clean start and was quickly into fifth place.
Unable to hold out a fellow Ford driver James Courtney, Whincup slipped to fourth and was under pressure from his teammate before the compulsory pitstop window opened.
The TeamVodafone pitcrew produced two very good pitstops and when the pit window closed it was Lowndes in fourth and Whincup fifth.
A small error by Lowndes at Turn 2 allowed Whincup to pass in the closing laps to finish fourth behind race winner Garth Tander, Mark Skaife and James Courtney.
While he was elated to secure his first pole position Whincup said the team would work on finding some more race pace for tomorrows two races.
"I didn't get the best start, it was a bit slow and that cost me," said Whincup.
"You can never take a top five race result for granted and we still came away with some good points," said Whincup
"We have a good base to work with and I am sure the team will find a bit more for tomorrow," Whincup continued.
Happy with his pace at the start of the race Lowndes said they would be looking for a better balance.
"I got away to a good start and had great pace in the beginning," said Lowndes
"I sat back and watched the antics on the opening two laps then got past Frosty and through our pit strategy I managed to pass Jamie for fourth."
"The car was consistent but not quite fast enough and we will be making some changes for tomorrow's races," Lowndes added.
Sunday's two 38-lap races will see the V8 Supercars on track at 11.00am and 1.40pm.