Queensland: TeamVodafone preview

Nothing soft about TeamVodafone at home track. TeamVodafone is gearing up for an interesting contest on their home circuit this weekend as Event 5 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series approaches. While Queensland Raceway is the home test track...

Nothing soft about TeamVodafone at home track.

TeamVodafone is gearing up for an interesting contest on their home circuit this weekend as Event 5 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series approaches. While Queensland Raceway is the home test track for Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup, this weekends event sees a change in format for the championship and marks the first time ever that cars must race on Sprint tyres only in both races.

Teams will also be allowed to run sprint tyres in qualifying for the first time but strategy will be paramount, with each car only permitted five sets of new Sprint tyres for the weekend. Each car is also able to use eight pre-marked control tyres in practice and qualifying.

Defending champion and current series leader, Jamie Whincup, is looking forward to getting back out on the 3.12km long track aptly dubbed the 'the paperclip'.

"What was going to be a reasonably straight forward weekend on our test track has taken a dramatic turn, with the concept of using only the Dunlop 'soft' sprint tyre," Whincup said.

"As a team, we clearly carry great confidence into this weekend, but unfortunately drawing on past experience we mustn't get complacent- those Victorians have a habit of coming up here and stealing our silverware!"

"I can't wait to see the new grandstand at Queensland Raceway. Hopefully we can fill it because it's shaping up to be a great show for the spectators," he added.

Craig Lowndes loves racing at his home track and hopes to see the fans out in force enjoying a good weekend of racing at Ipswich.

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend," Lowndes said.

"Being our home test track and with the knowledge that we'll be using the soft tyres for the first time this year, I can safely say it'll be entertaining as well as exciting.

"My ambition this weekend is to be on the podium, and to try and work my way back up through the championship standings. Currently in eighth place, and not by too many points, we would love to elevate ourselves up by the end of the weekend.

"The weather forecast looks good at the moment, and there's no doubt it's going to be a hot race. I think the soft tyres on a hot track will really throw a curve ball into the results," Lowndes stated.

TeamVodafone's endurance co-drivers will get their first track time of the year at a V8 Supercar Championship Series event in Friday's opening two practice sessions. Mark Skaife will step into Craig Lowndes' #888 TeamVodafone Commodore while Fujitsu Series leader Steve Owen will sample Jamie Whincup's #1. The Ipswich 300 at Queensland Raceway will get underway on Friday April 30 with the first of four practice sessions to start at 10.55am. Qualifying for Race 9 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series and the first leg of the Ipswich 300 (38-laps) will be held on Saturday 1 May. The event concludes on Sunday with the final 200km race.

-source: teamvodafone

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Steve Owen