Queensland: TeamVodafone practice report

Troubled opening day for TeamVodafone at Queensland Raceway Uncharacteristic oil pressure problems have plagued both TeamVodafone V8 Supercars during Part C of today's practice session at the Queensland House and Land.com 300, hampering ...

Troubled opening day for TeamVodafone at Queensland Raceway

Uncharacteristic oil pressure problems have plagued both TeamVodafone V8 Supercars during Part C of today's practice session at the Queensland House and Land.com 300, hampering the championship-winning team's preparations ahead of tomorrow's qualifying.Both cars ran faultlessly throughout Part B of practice but experienced a drop in oil pressure through the corners during the final session.Craig Lowndes ended the day 16th on the timesheets but acknowledged his tyres were well past their best.

"We probably ran our worst set of tyres today so we were not expecting to be topping the timesheets," Lowndes explained. "I had some oil pressure problems during the final part of practice but fortunately the team were able to fix it and get me back out there.

"Despite the interruptions we made a lot of changes and learnt a lot, so things are definitely not as bad as they look," he concluded.While the TeamVodafone pitcrew were able to identify and fix the problem in Car #888, they were not so fortunate with Car #1 which spent most of the session in pitlane.

"We actually had a pretty good first session," Whincup said. "We were on a terrible set of tyres but the car was very good.

"Our problem started on the first lap out in the final part of practice with the car was dropping oil pressure through the corners. The guys worked frantically but we weren't able to fix it in time for me to get some good laps in.

"Thankfully this is only practice and I know we will have it sorted for qualifying tomorrow," he added.

Whincup finished the day in P21.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes