TeamVodafone endure frustrating finish to a promising day at Albert Park
Early promise finished in frustration for TeamVodafone today, with Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes encountering separate problems in the second V8 Supercar race at Albert Park.
The duo delivered solid results in the morning’s qualifying race, managing a lengthy 4-lap safety car period to remain in the top 10 and avoid the ‘drop out’ zone.
From pole, Whincup finished an eventual second after a battle for position into the first turn, and Lowndes made his way back to finish sixth after he too was involved in a spirited scrap for position early in the piece.
While both drivers ran soft tyres in the opener, cars #1 and #888 opted for differing strategies in the second race.
Whincup jumped race 1 winner Winterbottom into turn 1, holding the lead for a lap before pitting early to switch to the soft compound tyres.
The bold move was brought undone when a lengthy pitstop saw the defending champion lose considerable ground in the pits.
At the completion of the stops, Whincup was fifth, a position he would maintain until the wave of the chequered flag.
Lowndes had a strong start on soft tyres and was locked in battle with Will Davison for a number of laps before an engine failure halted his charge.
Whincup will start tomorrow’s 20-lap race fifth on the grid, while Lowndes’ DNF relegates him to a rear of grid start.