Surfers Paradise: TeamVodafone preview

TeamVodafone take to Indy street circuit with proven results in new car For Immediate release: 16th October, 2007. TeamVodafone hit the Lexmark Indy 300 street circuit this week, fresh from a sensational Bathurst victory in their brand new ...

TeamVodafone take to Indy street circuit with proven results in new car For Immediate release: 16th October, 2007.

TeamVodafone hit the Lexmark Indy 300 street circuit this week, fresh from a sensational Bathurst victory in their brand new chassis.

The debut of chassis #12, built in-house at Triple Eight Race Engineering's state-of-the-art Brisbane facility, proved exceptionally successful and answered the critics' questions as to whether the 'Great Race' was the best place to introduce a new car.

Not only did it perform flawlessly at one of the world's toughest endurance tests, it also set a number of new benchmarks in terms of lap times and speed.

On lap 128, Jamie Whincup put together the fastest ever V8 Supercar race lap at Bathurst, slotting TeamVodafone into the record books with a time of 2.08.4651.

The duo of Whincup and teammate Craig Lowndes also go down as completing the highest number of laps in the 2.08 minute bracket, with no less than 14 of their flying race laps hitting this mark.

And, to cap this, TeamVodafone's #888 Ford Falcon also takes the honour for fastest average speed over 25 laps, with an incredible 174km/h.

The numbers are adding up for the leading Ford outfit, who have now assumed the lead of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Whincup sits in first, on 461 points, with Lowndes close behind on 445.

Triple Eight Race Engineering's success story continues this week, with sister company T8UK taking out the British Touring Car Championship for the fifth time.

This weekend's Lexmark Indy 300 event will see drivers contest three 27-lap sprint races, around the infamous concrete-lined streets of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.

Whincup will take the reigns of the Bathurst-winning TeamVodafone Falcon, which will now run his regular #88 for the duration of the season.

He said he was looking forward to building on the positive momentum that Bathurst had provided the team and would love to take another victory at home.

"There are four major races in V8 Supercars and I've had success in three, Indy is the fourth and the one I want to win," said Whincup.

"I'm very excited about continuing on with the new car, it has had a good strike rate so far!"

"The key to a good weekend and staying in the championship lead will be a good qualifying performance, solid pit strategy and minimising errors."

Lowndes, who piloted the lead Falcon in the treacherous closing stages of the Mount Panorama showdown, was also looking forward to a return to Indy, an event which he won convincingly in 2005.

"Indy is always an awesome weekend, but the racing is tough and so are the conditions," said Lowndes.

"We've learned from last year and would like to turn the Indy result around to make it a positive, I believe we can do this because of the great momentum we have gained from Bathurst."

V8 Supercar on-track action gets underway early on Friday morning, with the opening practice session starting at 8.55am. Qualifying will take place later in the afternoon, with race 1 on Saturday, and races 2 and 3 on Sunday.

TeamVodafone fans can catch up with Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes this Thursday evening as they sign autographs from 5.30-6.30pm at the Vodafone store at Pacific Fair, Broadbeach.

-credit: teamvodafone

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