TeamVodafone's Winton race-winning car released without issue following V8SCA inspection TeamVodafone's Winton race-winning car ...
TeamVodafone's Winton race-winning car released without issue following V8SCA inspection
TeamVodafone's Winton race-winning car #888, which was required to undergo an intensive, six-hour full scrutineering inspection by V8 Supercars Australia personnel, has been officially released after passing every aspect of the process.
The routine inspection was carried out at the team's Brisbane workshop on Tuesday, where the car of Craig Lowndes was made available to officials in its original state following the conclusion of race 6 on Sunday afternoon. Despite a great deal of confusion amongst media and other V8 Supercar teams, this post-race scrutineering procedure was not prompted by any pre-race scrutineering activities.
Car #888 was selected for the intensive inspection as a normal part of the season long scrutineering process, the same one that a number of cars and teams will be subject to throughout the season. This is an identical process to the one carried out on Triple Eight Race Engineering cars many times over the last five seasons and is a perfectly normal consequence of on track success.
Team Principal Roland Dane welcomed the findings and agreed that regular winners should be closely monitored.
"Over the past five years our cars have been very thoroughly scrutinised, as a direct result of winning more events than any other team," said Dane. "The recent comments by some competitors designed to imply to the media that TeamVodafone has used illegal parts on its cars are without any foundation and are simply made to distract attention from their own results.
"It is also pleasing to note that a number of other teams have made it clear to Triple Eight that they do not attach any credibility to the spurious comments that have been made by some."
Dane said that the run of results recorded by leading Holden teams at the start of the 2007 season spurred his own Triple Eight outfit on to work harder at edging out the competition.
"There was a time at the beginning of 2007 when these leading Holden teams seemed almost unbeatable," said Dane. "This was a big motivator for us; we worked on every aspect of our game to take our performance to the next level.
"That is the nature of competition. In this sport, we compete on a level playing field, and we do so with integrity."