Abu Dhabi action delivers mixed results for TeamVodafone
Race 2 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit held all the action of a blockbuster movie with TeamVodafone playing a staring role.
Jamie Whincup fought valiantly for the top spot while teammate Craig Lowndes was penalised for knocking out the competition.
Just as it seemed pole sitter Jamie Whincup had control of Race 2, a series of safety car periods threw fuel consumption and race strategy out the window.
Whincup finished a respectable third place, behind Jason Bright and 2010 V8 Supercar Champion and fierce rival James Courtney, but bad luck seemed to follow Lowndes throughout the race.
The TeamVodafone driver out-broke, locked the brakes and ended up using Russell Ingall as a bumper as he attempted to make an inside pass on Lap 20.
The #888 Commodore sustained a large amount of damage to the front-right hand side, and was forced to pit for repairs. A drive through penalty further added to Lowndes woes and he finished the race in 21st position.
As teams scrambled to change their strategies, refuelling became a defining factor of the race.
With barely a drop left in the tank of his #88 Commodore after the race, Whincup said he was surprised that race winner James Courtney had enough fuel to continue, pitting two laps earlier than every other team.
As the series prepares to return to Australia for the traditional Australian opener, the Clipsal 500 Whincup leads the series with 279 points.