LOWNDES TO DEBUT NEW TEAM BETTA FALCON AT TASMANIA CHALLENGE Craig Lowndes will debut a brand new Triple Eight Race Engineering-built Ford Falcon V8 Supercar at this weekend's eleventh round of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series as the...
LOWNDES TO DEBUT NEW TEAM BETTA FALCON AT TASMANIA CHALLENGE
Craig Lowndes will debut a brand new Triple Eight Race Engineering-built Ford Falcon V8 Supercar at this weekend's eleventh round of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series as the team heads south to Tasmania's Symmons Plains circuit.
Lowndes and teammate Jamie Whincup put the Team Betta Electrical Falcons through their paces at a test day at Queensland Raceway last week and after a successful, stringent evaluation of the new chassis, the points-leader opted to make the switch for the remaining three rounds.
The Bathurst-winning chassis #10 will now be placed in the capable hands of Jamie Whincup for the remaining rounds, a car that has experienced considerable success being driven by Lowndes throughout regular rounds in 2005 and 2006.
"The new car is very very good and the team are delighted with the way it has come on," Lowndes said.
"I am extremely happy with the way the new car performed at last week's test day and I am looking forward to using it for the remainder of the championship."
Lowndes said the longer distance Sunday races would suit his team's race package.
"Tassie was good to us last year and we had a strong car package," Lowndes said.
"The two Sunday races are now 140kms each which will suit the way we set the car up."
"We have not yet had a wet race at Symmons Plains so things could certainly get interesting if we have rain, it is also a track that is semi-difficult to pass on, so team strategy and qualifying position will be the keys to getting a good result."
It will also be a key weekend for Jamie Whincup, who will look to reassert himself amongst the top 5 placed championship drivers with a strong run in the Bathurst-winning Falcon.
He is certain that the car will have good speed at the technical circuit, which also requires enormous confidence under braking heading into the tight hairpin turn.
"I'm very excited about racing at Symmons Plains this weekend in the car that we won Bathurst in, and Ludo and myself are both focused on getting the most pace we can out of the car in the crucial areas," said Whincup.
"Qualifying is of great importance at this track, it is short and there are limited passing opportunities without taking pretty big risks, and pit stops can also be a big factor in determining your position in the race."
"There are a lot of gains to be made if you can put all of these aspects together, and I'll be chasing a podium this weekend."
"I can help Craig with his championship charge if needed but he has shown that he is more than capable of winning it by himself."
The Ferodo Tasmania Challenge consists of 3 races -- one 42 lap dash on Saturday and 2 longer distance races of 58 laps on Sunday.
Another 320 points are on offer at round 11, and Team Betta Electrical are determined to take home the highest possible haul to aid their driver and team championship campaigns.