Surfers Paradise: TeamVodafone Friday report

Productive practice for TeamVodafone at the Gold Coast 600 It was a productive day of practice for TeamVodafone with international driver Andy Priaulx quickly getting up to speed with the iconic Gold Coast street circuit. While regular ...

Productive practice for TeamVodafone at the Gold Coast 600

It was a productive day of practice for TeamVodafone with international driver Andy Priaulx quickly getting up to speed with the iconic Gold Coast street circuit.

While regular TeamVodafone drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes spent most of the day focussing on car set-up, Priaulx spent his two sessions familiarising himself with the track. The European Touring Car champion and multiple World Touring Car winner topped the international listing for this weekend's event with a 1:14.5802sec lap. Priaulx, who finished fifth fastest in the second practice session, was thrilled with the result and believes he can continue his swift pace across the weekend.

"My first practice session went really well and I feel like I carried that rhythm into practice 3. I'm feeling extremely comfortable in the car and I'm looking forward to getting some good pace in tomorrow," Priaulx stated. "All street tracks have their idiosyncrasies and there are a couple of very fast chicanes on this circuit. It took me a little bit to build myself up but we're now in a good position."

"You always have to be concerned going into the race to make sure you can do your best and I think I will feel that way until Sunday," he added. Lowndes, who finished 7th in both of his practice sessions today, was impressed with Priaulx's performance and said he is handling the #888 Commodore well.

"It was a productive day and we got a lot out of it. The car was nice to drive but we have a lot of work to do on it tonight," Lowndes stated.

"The new track layout has taken out some of the faster sections and our lap times are indicating that we will be circulating it a lot quicker. The track is gripping up and we just have to keep making adjustments to the car to make sure we have it just right."

"I was very impressed with Andy's results. He came first in the international practice session and was also right up there in the co-driver session. He's coming to grips with the car and the track really quickly," he added. Defending V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup didn't get to record a lap on green tyres due to a red flag incident which left him into 19th position on the time sheets.

Whincup said it was a harsh day for the team but was confident it would be in top form for Saturday's race.

"It was a tough day today and didn't quite get the car as nice as we'd liked. We're were confident the car was quick enough to be well inside the top 10 but unfortunately the red flag on my quick lap left us in 19th position," Whincup stated. "We're almost there with the car but we're certainly not up to our expected high standard. We will definitely be looking into it tonight to try and improve the car," he added.

Co-driver Steve Owen, who finished 3rd in the co-driver practice session, agreed with his team-mate and said the #1 car needed work. "Our pace is looking good but the car is not 100% comfortable yet so that's what we will work on for tomorrow," Owen stated.

Qualifying will kickoff at 9:35am tomorrow followed by the Top Ten Shootout at 10:50am and Race 19 (102 Laps) at 1:35pm.

-source: teamvodafone

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Series Supercars
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Steve Owen