So close but yet so far TeamVodafone's on track highs and lows provided thrilling entertainment for the near capacity crowd at the Lexmark Indy 300 today with both drivers featuring prominently at both ends of the field. Jamie Whincup...
So close but yet so far
TeamVodafone's on track highs and lows provided thrilling entertainment for the near capacity crowd at the Lexmark Indy 300 today with both drivers featuring prominently at both ends of the field.
Jamie Whincup provided the biggest spectacle of all, yo-yoing from a second place in Race 2 and leading Race 3 for half of the race to a disappointing DNF after he had charged through the field from a brake lockup that positioned him 19th through to 7th. While attempting another ambitious passing manoeuvre Whincup got tangled up with two cars exiting Turn 4 which ended his race with only one lap to go.
Whilst fourth place for the round was not the result the team wanted, it certainly provided the crowd and TeamVodafone supporters with confidence that the car and the driver are not lacking speed for the remainder of the championship.
"Locking the brake was something I shouldn't have done," said Whincup. "It just shows that one minor mistake can be so costly in this very tight championship."
"I am really comfortable with the new chassis, it is certainly fast and I have got every confidence that I can improve going into the next round."
"I am going to put this round behind me, I still have a 9 point advantage in the championship and it is up to me now to continue the charge," he added.
Team mate Craig Lowndes also had a day of mixed results with the biggest impact resulting from a glance of the concrete barrier whilst exiting the back chicane causing the rear bumper to come loose. Lowndes was issued with a mechanical black flag and subsequently dropped to 24th.
Race 3 saw Craig consistently advance through the field finishing seventh and eighth overall for the round.
"There were some really good battles out on the track today and all credit to the boys who did some excellent pitstops particularly in Race 3.
"But reflecting I probably pushed too hard the result being a torn rear bumper that forced me to pit for repairs.
"This track is so unforgiving, it is a concrete canyon that really hurts cars but I am happy that both Jamie and I have got reasonably straight cars heading into the fly away Bahrain round.
With 501 points Jamie now sits 9 points clear of second placed Garth Tander and 28 points clear of Craig Lowndes who has slipped to third in the championship.
TeamVodafone will spend the week preparing the cars for transportation to Bahrain for Round 12 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series which will be held at Bahrain International Circuit on November 1-3.