Disappointing end to 2009 season for TeamVodafone

TeamVodafone has endured a tough final race of the 2009 V8 Supercar season with a series of on track incidents in the final leg of the Sydney 500 ending their hopes of consecutive Team Championship titles.

It was a very different day for Champion Jamie Whincup who finished fifth yesterday and clinched his second consecutive driver's title.

The 26 year old started the race from 26th on the grid after a broken spark plug left him with a misfiring engine throughout the morning qualifying session. Whincup then worked hard to move through the order but a clash with the tyre barriers after his second pitstop put him four laps down and he eventually finished the race 14th.

"It certainly wasn't the finish I wanted," Whincup said. "That incident was totally my fault, I was on cold tyres and to be honest my mind wandered off.

"I am just one part of a fantastic team who have worked so hard this year. They deserved a better result today.

"We will now turn our focus to the exciting challenges ahead with the team switching to Holden Commodores in 2010," he added.

Teammate Craig Lowndes also endured a tumultuous day on track. Lowndes was handed a drive through penalty for a pitlane infringement and then became the victim of an on track clash. Despite their best efforts the team were unable to get Lowndes back out on track.

"We were looking good for at least third," Lowndes explained. "It was just one of those days where everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

"The team worked incredibly hard this weekend and I was disappointed that Jamie and I couldn't give them the Teams Championship title."

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