Queensland: TeamVodafone race 1 report

Lowndes enjoys podium finish in Ipswich. Craig Lowndes today claimed second place in race nine of the V8 Supercar Championship at the TeamVodafone home testing track, Queensland Raceway. In what proved to be a battle of strategies, Lowndes was...

Lowndes enjoys podium finish in Ipswich.

Craig Lowndes today claimed second place in race nine of the V8 Supercar Championship at the TeamVodafone home testing track, Queensland Raceway.

In what proved to be a battle of strategies, Lowndes was lucky to not have to contest a fast-finishing Van Gisbergen, as his soft compound tyres were spent.

Teammate Jamie Whincup enjoyed a mixed fortune result, finishing fourth from an uncharacteristically poor qualifying position of twelfth, but was able to leap positions from a fantastic pit stop from the pit crew.

Lowndes who lost position in the Top Ten Shootout said "We had a promising start to the lap, but a disappointing finish which then gave us the opportunity to try out a couple of things and iron out any potential issues for the race.

"I had a good start and gained a place, but then basically chased Stevie J for most of the race, using up valuable tyre condition.

"Our car was very nice to drive and is becoming more and more rewarding. I also know this track very well which helped today when getting on top of the sprint tyre.

"Tomorrow will see differences in pace and strategy, from different teams, at different times. Strategy is paramount," he said.

Championship-leader, Jamie Whincup, described today's race as "the toughest day of racing we've had pace-wise this year.

"We just didn't have the right set up for qualifying. I thought we would have been good enough to finish at the back of the top ten, but just didn't get a good enough lap in.

"The soft tyres are a big curve ball, which makes the sessions ultra-competitive, and we only just missed out this time.

"It's a little frustrating not being able to get the car exactly how we'd like it, but this just gives us more motivation to go faster tomorrow.

"All things considered, coming fourth from twelfth, shows we made the most of a difficult situation," Whincup said.

"To be honest, Courtney's pace was a real eye-opener, we built his car so his speed is possible for us if we do our job right tonight."

Final day of Ipswich 300 action begins with qualifying at 10:15 tomorrow, followed by the 65-lap race at 13:05.

-source: teamvodafone

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup