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TeamVodafone set for final pursuit in Sydney The V8 Supercar Championship Series final will be crucial for TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes who will enter this weekend's Sydney 500 with all guns blazing in an effort to win...

TeamVodafone set for final pursuit in Sydney

The V8 Supercar Championship Series final will be crucial for TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes who will enter this weekend's Sydney 500 with all guns blazing in an effort to win the 2010 Drivers Championship.

Defending champion Whincup will aim to re-claim his crown at Sydney Olympic Park and improve on his 2009 performance where he finished the races 5th and 14th respectively.

Despite a solid run at Sandown, the car #1 driver was unable to catch series leader James Courtney, who heads the championship by 53 points.

Whincup said it has been a long and arduous battle for the championship title and that he will fight for it until the very end.

"I'm quite relaxed at the moment but it's clearly a huge weekend for us. We have been battling since February and now it all comes down to 53 points this weekend," Whincup stated.

"We've made some changes to the car to try and get back to our early season pace but with the weather the way it is at the moment we may be working with a wet weather set-up.

"This weekend is about focusing on my job. We didn't go very well in Sydney last year but our preparation this time around it has been leaps and bounds better. We're clearly not in the position we want to be in but that's the way it is and you can trust we'll fight until the last lap of the race," he said.

Teammate Craig Lowndes is also looking to improve in Sydney where he placed 19th in the Saturday race and DNFed on Sunday last year.

Currently fourth in the championship, Lowndes said he hopes TeamVodafone can finish the weekend on a high.

"We didn't have a very good weekend here last year and we'll be looking to change that. This weekend is really important and it would be nice to finish the championship on a high," Lowndes said.

"Being a street circuit, the weather will definitely make it interesting and challenging. Trying to get that perfect lap is always difficult because it's quite a bumpy track so we really need a car that absorbs the curves and puts its power down extremely well.

"Team strategy will play a big part with our results and I'll do my best to assist Jamie in his effort to win the championship. It's going to be really exciting to see who ends up on top," he added.

The V8 Supercar Championship final will be held at Sydney Olympic Park on December 3-5.

-source: teamvodafone.com.au

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