Albert Park: TeamVodafone race two report

Tyres and track condition prove troublesome for TeamVodafon in second AGP raceFor Immediate Release: 28 March 2009A combination of older tyres and a track with more grip have played havoc with car balance for TeamVodafone drivers Craig Lowndes and...

Tyres and track condition prove troublesome for TeamVodafon in second AGP raceFor Immediate Release: 28 March 2009A combination of older tyres and a track with more grip have played havoc with car balance for TeamVodafone drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup in the second race of the Sprint Gas V8 Supercar Manufacturers Challenge, at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne today.

Lowndes, who started off pole position, lost two spots off the start and was never really in a position to mount a serious challenge. The Race 1 winner withheld pressure from Steven Johnson to finish third behind Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison.

Acknowledging the track had a lot more grip than he thought, Lowndes said it was still a good test for the team ahead of the next V8 Supercar Championship Series event.

"The car was not as good as yesterday," Lowndes admitted. "I just couldn't find the balance I was looking for.

"A combination of older tyres and a lot more grip on the track than we expected was definitely the catalyst in us not being as fast as we were yesterday.

"We will have a good look at data tonight and try a few more changes for tomorrow. The beauty of this event is that we can be a lot more radical in our changes " Lowndes said.

Teammate Jamie Whincup, who started off ninth on the grid, got away to a good start, gaining two spots before the first turn. The reigning V8 Supercar Champion moved up another position a lap later and was sitting in fifth place on lap 9. Whincup lost a spot whilst trying to pass Steven Johnson for fourth and finished the race sixth.

"It was a disappointing race from my perspective," Whincup said. "I wasn't as fast as yesterday which is a side effect of tying different setups, but that is the nature of this event.

"It is not all bad, our cars are still straight, we are exploring setup options and learning a lot which all bodes well for New Zealand

The final race of the Sprint Gas V8 Supercar Manufacturers Challenge will be contested at 2.35pm (AEDST) tomorrow.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steven Johnson , Will Davison , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup