TeamVodafone Eastern Creek test notes 2011-01-29

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2011 V8 Supercar pre-season test day

TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes topped the timesheets at today's official pre-season practice day at Sydney's Eastern Creek, breaking the benchmark lap of Marcos Ambrose set in 2001 to lower the mark to 1.30.1877.

Lowndes was on song in his #888 Holden Commodore which turned its first timed laps featuring the new livery for season 2011.

Teammate Jamie Whincup's test wasn't as eventful, finishing 12th by the day's end.

A problem with the bank of tyres available to car #88 may have been the problem, assessed the crew.

A new wheel spindle was tested today and TeamVodafone Technical Director, Ludo Lacroix, was happy with the results.

Announced on Thursday as Lowndes' endurance driver for a second successive season, Mark Skaife was on hand today and climbed aboard the now familiar cockpit of car #888.

Skaife was pleased with the brief hitout and is looking forward to getting back on track for the 2011 enduros, Phillip Island and Bathurst.

-source: teamvodafone

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