Lowndes tops Winton Practice Despite being the home test track for the majority of the Holden teams, Team Betta Electrical's Craig Lowndes has topped the timesheets in today's limited laps, extended practice session at Winton Motor ...
Lowndes tops Winton Practice
Despite being the home test track for the majority of the Holden teams, Team Betta Electrical's Craig Lowndes has topped the timesheets in today's limited laps, extended practice session at Winton Motor Raceway.
The Brisbane based driver recorded a time of 1.23.8036 in the closing stages of the two and half hour session, only just crossing the start/finish line to register his time before the session was red flagged.
When the session resumed, there was only one minute 34 seconds left on the clock, limiting the field's ability to better Lowndes time.
Team mate Jamie Whincup was eighth fastest, the Team Betta Electrical duo the only drivers to record top ten times who do not regularly test at the regional Victorian circuit.
Lowndes acknowledged it was a good start to a tough weekend at a track where limited passing opportunities would play a hand.
"We were a little surprised by today's result as we really didn't know what to expect this weekend," Lowndes said.
"The car is going reasonably well, we had a very good test last week and worked on our car balance which has not quite been right this year.
"Luck did play into our hand a bit this afternoon, I was one of the few drivers who got two flying laps in before the red flag came out in the last few minutes of the session," Lowndes concluded.
Jamie Whincup struggled with the car setup on his Triple Eight Race Engineering prepared Falcon and hoped the simulated qualifying run they were able to perform in today's practice would assist the team with setup for tomorrows qualifying session.
"We struggled to find the correct setup for today's conditions," Whincup said.
"Thankfully we were able to do a qualifying run on new tyres which will allow us to better understand the cars setup for tomorrows qualifying.
"I certainly noticed a difference driving a Triple Eight Ford around Winton compared to my previous experiences with other cars," Whincup added.
Qualifying for the V8 Supercars will start at 11.00am (AEST) with the Top Ten Shootout at 12.00pm and the first of three 100km races getting underway at 3.00pm.