Sandown: TeamVodafone Friday notes

TeamVodafone enjoys the wet Sandown conditions TeamVodafone have reveled in the wet during today's opening Sandown practice session with both cars circulating continuously inside the top five during the wet weather conditions. Today's ...

TeamVodafone enjoys the wet Sandown conditions

TeamVodafone have reveled in the wet during today's opening Sandown practice session with both cars circulating continuously inside the top five during the wet weather conditions.

Today's extended practice session started off in dry conditions but the rain moved in not long before the scheduled refueling break and thwarted the driver's chances of recording a decent lap time. .

TeamVodafone's best lap times saw car #888 in 17th position on the timesheets and car #88 29th but neither time was indicative of the car's actual practice results after the weather changed.

While the Jamie Whincup, Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon BF was hampered by some niggly problems early in the session both drivers were extremely comfortable with the car in the wet and were the quickest on wet tyres until the last lap of the session.

Ironically car #88 drivers Richard Lyons and Allan Simonsen struggled with grip in the dry conditions but were both extremely happy with the Falcon's grip levels in the wet.

With a few minor tweaks to both racecars this evening the Team is quietly confident they will both feature well up the order in qualifying tomorrow.

What they had to say....

Jamie Whincup

"Overall it was not the most ideal session but we are far from concerned. We had a few niggling issues early on which dampened our true potential in the dry conditions."

"We were very encouraged with our wet weather pace it was as good as it has been in the past few rounds."

"Today was just another typical Melbourne day, no other place has weather like this and we have to expect the unexpected this weekend."

Craig Lowndes

"We spent the first part of the session working on car balance for dry conditions. We were 90% there before the rain came and we had to switch to a wet setup."

"Jamie worked on the wet setup by the time I got back in the car was well balanced and put its power down well in the greasy conditions."

"We covered both ends of the scale today and we should have a very good race car come Sunday."

Richard Lyons

"We had a reasonably good finish to the day with the wet conditions. As today was really a test day overall speed wasn't so important."

"We were happy with the fact that we were able to run in the wet and dry today as this Sandown race is renowned for experiencing Melbourne's temperamental weather conditions."

"We look forward to tomorrow and hope to be able to run some setup options on better dry tyres before qualifying."

Allan Simonsen

"The car was very good in the wet and we seem to have a setup that works well for both of us. It was nice to get some wet weather time as well as dry time. "

"The dry time for us didn't really produce the lap times that we wanted but in saying that we didn't get out on a better set of tyres before the rain came."

-credit: teamvodafone

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