Sydney: TeamVodafone race 1 report

TeamVodafone still in the race despite dark day in Sydney The battle for the championship went from the track to the garage in today's leg of the Sydney 500 following heavy rain which reeked havoc on the field and saw TeamVodafone's Jamie...

TeamVodafone still in the race despite dark day in Sydney

The battle for the championship went from the track to the garage in today's leg of the Sydney 500 following heavy rain which reeked havoc on the field and saw TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes both fail to finish.

All drivers were on sprint tyres when a patch of heavy rain caused chaos on the Sydney Olympic Park street circuit, putting race forerunners Whincup, James Courtney, Mark Winterbottom and Lowndes into their garages for significant repairs.

It became a frantic race between the pit-crews to see who could get their cars back out onto the track but unfortunately neither TeamVodafone drivers were able to complete the race.

Before the incident, Defending V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup had a fast car beneath him and was leading for the majority of the race.

Whincup, who is now 113 points behind series leader Courtney, said he's not calling it quits just yet.

"I'm pretty proud actually. We came here really well prepared and fought hard and that's all we can wish to do," Whincup stated.

"This demonstrated how much of a team sport motorsport really is and the crew literally tore themselves up to get me back out there to finish the race.

"Before the incident we had the race well under control with great strategy and pit-work. It's not over until the last lap of the last race," he added.

Currently fourth in the championship, teammate Craig Lowndes said today's events were unfortunate but was looking forward to tomorrow.

"It was an interesting race. We had good pace but struggled a little bit in behind traffic for car balance," Lowndes admitted.

"The rain was hanging around and the conditions got bad enough for wet weather tyres. Unfortunately I got into a fairly bad accident and crashed into the back of Courtney, so we didn't get a chance to run

on wets as there was too much damage to finish the race.

"It was definitely tough and the team has a long night ahead of them but tomorrow is a new day and we're looking forward to finishing on a positive note.

Qualifying will kickoff at 10.20am tomorrow followed by Race 26 (74 laps) of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

-source: teamvodafone

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