Surfers Paradise: TeamVodafone race one report

TeamVodafone second and third in opening V8 race TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes have taken the first steps in ensuring they keep the momentum going following their clean sweep of the recent V8 Supercar endurance events, with both...

TeamVodafone second and third in opening V8 race

TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes have taken the first steps in ensuring they keep the momentum going following their clean sweep of the recent V8 Supercar endurance events, with both drivers finishing inside the top three in today's opening V8 race at Lexmark Indy 300

Jamie Whincup finished second, behind race winner Garth Tander with team mate Craig Lowndes third.

For the second consecutive round, Whincup set a new lap record with a lap time of 1.49.9198 on Lap 13 of the 27 lap race.

Despite conceding four points to Tander, Whincup still leads the championship by 19 points from teammate Craig Lowndes and 23 points to Tander, and with two races to be run tomorrow is confident of extending his lead.

"I had a great race today," said Whincup. "I am really enjoying driving the new car and can't wait to get back out their tomorrow."

"We still have a long way to go in the weekend with another two races tomorrow but basically we need more of the same to have a successful weekend."

"As I said before I am not taking the conservative approach," Whincup added.

A good start and slick pitstop by the TeamVodafone crew helped Craig Lowndes gain track positions.

"While I am not quite 100% happy with the car we did end up moving from sixth to third and have come away with a straight car," said Lowndes.

"We will look at the data and track conditions in the morning and see if we can improve the car through the first sector chicanes for tomorrow's races."

"I am very happy with our starting position as it is the start of the race and pitstops where track position gains will be made," he added.

Race 2 for the V8 Supercars will get underway at 11.05am tomorrow with the final race to start at 4.10pm.

-credit: teamvodafone

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup