It was a positive day in the TeamVodafone garage with Craig Lowndes finishing second overall in today’s Coates Hire Ipswich 300 practice sessions and teammate Jamie Whincup fourth.
With today’s strategy aimed at perfecting qualifying setup, Lowndes started the third session on used soft tyres and worked through several changes to gauge balance, finishing his first on-track session tenth.
Lowndes switched to a set of fresher used tyres in the final practice session and set second fastest time of the day.
Using one set of used soft tyres throughout the practice 2 and 3, reigning V8 Supercar Champion Whincup had good pace straight out of the box and finished on top of the timesheets for his first on-track session.
Focusing more on setup strategy in the final session, Whincup managed the fifth fastest time and ended fourth overall for the day.
Both of TeamVodafone's endurance co-drivers were at Queensland Raceway for the opening two sessions, with Warren Luff setting the third-fastest time in the first session before improving to second in the second session.
Whincup’s co-driver Paul Dumbrell set the 5th and 13th quickest times respectively.
Tomorrow will see the V8 Supercars on track for a 30 minute practice session at 10.10am (AEST) followed by qualifying at 1.25pm (AEST). Race 16 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series will commence at 4.05pm (AEST).
Source: Team Vodafone