Practice crash fails to upset TeamVodafone's SuperGP campaign.For Immediate Release: 23 October 2009It was a dramatic opening day for TeamVodafone at the Nikon SuperGP after a practice crash threatened to hamper championship leader Jamie Whincup's...
Practice crash fails to upset TeamVodafone's SuperGP campaign.For Immediate Release: 23 October 2009It was a dramatic opening day for TeamVodafone at the Nikon SuperGP after a practice crash threatened to hamper championship leader Jamie Whincup's qualifying assault.
Quick repairs by the TeamVodafone crew ensured Whincup was able to get back on track and fine tune his qualifying setup during the final practice session.
Whincup, who was second fastest in both qualifying sectors, praised his team and acknowledged they had given him a car that was close to perfect.
"I am very happy to be in the top three," Whincup said. "It was a tough day that's for sure.
"The second chicane has not been resurfaced and is quite slippery. I just pushed a little too hard, lost the rear, hit the wall and it did a lot of damage.
"Full credit must go the mechanics for not only fixing the front end but for also giving me the best possible car for qualifying," he said.
Teammate Craig Lowndes scraped into tomorrow's top ten shootout with the 10th fastest time today and acknowledged that while he was quick throughout practice and the opening qualifying session, he didn't get the best out of his car during the final qualifying sector.
"The car is very very good I just didn't get the best out of it in the last qualifying sector," Lowndes explained.
"I think luck was on my side today, scraping into the shootout like that.
"Thankfully tomorrow is another day and we will be going all out to move up the order," he added.
The top ten shootout will be contested at 9.00am tomorrow to determine who gets pole position for the opening 150km race.