TeamVodafone duo finish top six in second leg of Albert Park 400
In what was an eventful second leg of the Albert Park 400 at the Australian Grand Prix, TeamVodafone drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes have finished fourth and sixth respectively.
Whincup, who started off pole position, switched strategies today to start the race on hard tyres.
Race officials deemed the Car #88 driver jumped the start, and he was subsequently handed a 10 second addition to his compulsory pitstop.
Whincup re-joined the race in 18th and looked after his soft tyres as he worked his way through the pack.
The TeamVodafone driver provided one of the race highlights pipping Rick Kelly on the line as they crossed side-by-side to take the chequered flag.
Whincup said he was happy with the result considering the penalty and the fact he was battling the flu.
“The car crept forward over the line during my starting sequence,” Whincup admitted. “I stopped and then it completely threw me, I smoked the tyres, got bogged down and made a mess of the start.
“The flu virus I have got certainly had an impact during the race and I am definitely not feeling 100% right now.
“I enjoyed the last lap battle with Rick, particularly racing to the line,” he added.
Teammate Craig Lowndes was in sensational form passing 21 cars on his way to finishing sixth.
“Despite what I said yesterday my starts are not quite up to scratch yet,” Lowndes joked.
“The car is amazing this weekend and it was really good on both the hard and soft tyres.
“I loved being out there today. I just wish it was 10 laps longer, I felt like I was just warming up after the pitstop,” Lowndes added.
While Garth Tander won today’s 25-lap race there wasn’t a dry eye in pitlane when Jason Richards took the chequered flag in second.
The final leg of the Albert Park 400 will get underway at 1.10pm (AEDST) tomorrow.