Lowndes bounces back to take second in Queensland Raceway scorcher.For Immediate Release: 23 August 2009After suffering the disappointment of retiring from yesterday race, TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes has bounced back in the best possible way, ...
Lowndes bounces back to take second in Queensland Raceway scorcher.For Immediate Release: 23 August 2009After suffering the disappointment of retiring from yesterday race, TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes has bounced back in the best possible way, finishing second in today's 200km instalment at the Queensland House & Land.com 300 at Queensland Raceway.
Lowndes, who qualified sixth for today's 65-Lap race, opted to start on his 12km old soft compound tyres and was into second place by the third lap. A move onto the standard control tyres on Lap 20 threatened to derail his podium opportunity with his #888 V8 Supercar suffering significant oversteer. Strategy and two slick pitstopsworkedto his advantage andLowndes was able to hold off a late charge by Russell Ingall to finish second behind Holden rival Will Davison.
"I am really happy with the results considering where we ended up yesterday," Lowndes said.
"We had a strong car in the first stint but we will have to have a look at our second set of tyres as the car was quite unbalancedafter the first pitstop."
"The team did a great job during the pitstops and the car became balanced and consistent again once we went to our third set of tyres,"Lowndes explained.
Lowndes took 122 points from today's race and has closed the gap to just one point behind Garth Tander in the championship standings.
It was a vastly different day for yesterday's race winner Jamie Whincup who didn't quite have the race he would have liked.
The reigning V8 Supercar Champion, who used his soft set of tyres in yesterday'srace,pit early and was then forced to take his second stop a lot earlier than planned to try and counteract his cars handling issues. Whincup eventually finished the race in 13th position and said the team did what they could with the tyres they had.
"The last thing I want to do is harp on about the soft tyre but really, there were two races going on today," Whincup said.
"We did a good job with the tyres we had left from yesterday and ultimately came out of the weekend with some good points."
"The rivalry between ourselves and HRT has gotten stronger so I am looking forward to good honest battle at Phillip Island," he concluded.
TeamVodafone will now shift their focus to preparing for the V8 Supercar Championship Series endurance races, the L&H 500 at Phillip Island and the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000.