Surfers Paradise: TeamVodafone Saturday notes

TeamVodafone on streets of Surfers Paradise It was a mixed day of racing for TeamVodafone at the Nikon SuperGP with Craig Lowndes lapping consistently to end the day in fourth while teammate Jamie Whincup finished eighth after a turmultuous day...

TeamVodafone on streets of Surfers Paradise

It was a mixed day of racing for TeamVodafone at the Nikon SuperGP with Craig Lowndes lapping consistently to end the day in fourth while teammate Jamie Whincup finished eighth after a turmultuous day that saw him fighting back from the rear of the field in the opening race. With two 150km legs making up Race 19 of the 2009 V8 Supercar season, the team was on track early to contest the top ten shootout. Lowndes, who was out first, posted the seventh fastest time and started the opening race from the fourth row of the grid. Proving to be a picture of consistency, Lowndes finishing both races fourth and took fourth overall for the round.

"I got a great start in the second leg and passed Will but then lost a spot to him in the pitstop," Lowndes said. "We made a change to the car for the second race and the balance was much better. I also had more pace at the beginning of the race.

"I had a good battle with Will towards the end but just couldn't find a way past him."

Defending Champion Jamie Whincup had his work cut out for him after an incident in the opening race forced him to the pits to replace a punctured tyre. A safety car on lap 15 afforded Whincup the opportunity to take his compulsory pitstop and return to the race on the lead lap. He passed 14 cars on his way to finishing the race in 13th position. Determined to salvage as many points as possible, Whincup made up a further five positions during the second leg to finish eighth.

"My day went up in smoke at the start of the first race," Whincup said. "The team did a great job with repairs and strategy and we fought back hard to secure a reasonable top ten position. "We need to be on our A-game tomorrow and make sure we don't concede any more points," he added.

The V8 Supercars do it all again tomorrow with qualifying at 9.15am, Race 20 (Leg A) at 11.05am and Race 20 (Leg B) at 3.05pm.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup