SUCCESSFUL TEST BUOYS TEAM BETTA ELECTRICAL'S WINTON CRUSADE After a successful test day at Queensland Raceway last week Team Betta Electrical head to the fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Victoria's Winton Raceway buoyed by...
SUCCESSFUL TEST BUOYS TEAM BETTA ELECTRICAL'S WINTON CRUSADE
After a successful test day at Queensland Raceway last week Team Betta Electrical head to the fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Victoria's Winton Raceway buoyed by recent developments to the Triple Eight Race Engineering prepared Ford Falcon BA racecars.
The Queensland Raceway test saw Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup joined by their endurance counterparts, Richard Lyons and Allan Simonsen for the first time, with each driver completing over 70 laps.
While Lowndes and Whincup predominantly focused on a suitable setup for the Winton track Lyons and Simonsen both lapped consistently, using their time in the car to familiarise themselves with the #88 Ford Falcon V8 Supercar. Former Japanese GT Champion, Lyon spent the day following the test evaluating data and areas for improvement with engineers before jetting back to Japan for his next sports car race.
Lowndes acknowledged Team Betta Electrical would head to the technical Winton Circuit this weekend with a similar race setup to that used at Queensland Raceway but said weather would play a major role in car setup on the day.
"We had our second team test of the year earlier in the week which highlighted a few things we need to change on car setup," Lowndes said. "Overall it was a very productive day and I think we all came away understanding the car a lot better than what we have.
"We will need to be very conscious of weather patterns this weekend, this will be one of the biggest challenges we face with car setup as even a bit of cloud cover on a sunny day can change your lap times considerably.
"Winton is going to be a very interesting round, not only is it the test track used by most of the Holden teams but it is also one of the most difficult circuits to pass on.
"As the saying goes to finish first, first you have to finish, never before has this statement been more relevant. It is critical to finish race two and with very limited passing opportunities pit strategy will be more important than ever before," Lowndes explained.
Winton Motor Raceway holds fond memories for Jamie Whincup who had much success at the Victorian circuit in his Formula Ford days and also broke into his first ever V8 Supercar Top Ten Shootout at the circuit in 2003.
After a weekend of mixed results at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway in which he salvaged tenth outright for the round the 23-year old is hoping for a trouble free run at Winton.
"We are aiming for third time lucky with this three race format," Whincup said.
"I think the reverse grid race will be very different to Perth as it won't be as easy to come through from the back due to the limited passing opportunities.
"Winton is one of those tracks you either love or hate," Whincup stated. "I really like the circuit it was the test track used by both of the V8 Supercar teams I drove for previously and it was where I secured my first ever Top Ten Shootout in 2003.
"Patience and finishing races are my personal goals this weekend," Whincup concluded.
After three rounds the Brisbane-based squad sits 3rd in the Teams Championship, and is proudly flying the flag as the leading Ford team.