Bahrain: Team Betta Electrical Friday report

Top ten finish for Lowndes in Bahrain Opener Craig Lowndes has finished ninth in today's opening 27-lap race at the inaugural Middle Eastern round of the V8 Supercar Championship series at the Bahrain International Circuit. After qualifying ...

Top ten finish for Lowndes in Bahrain Opener

Craig Lowndes has finished ninth in today's opening 27-lap race at the inaugural Middle Eastern round of the V8 Supercar Championship series at the Bahrain International Circuit.

After qualifying sixth, Lowndes lost three spots in the Top Ten Shootout, recording the ninth fastest time behind team mate Jamie Whincup.

A poor start in Race 1 saw the Team Betta Electrical driver slip back to tenth but despite making some gains, Lowndes stalled his #888 Ford Falcon whilst attempting to exit his pit bay following the compulsory pitstop.

"The start was unusual," Lowndes said. "The lights caught quite a few of us by surprise."

"I lost any gains I had made when I stalled in the pits and by the time things settled down I was in no mans land with limited laps to go and a four second gap to Mark Winterbottom."

"There are a few areas we need to work on overnight but one key thing for tomorrow will be looking after our rear tyres more for the longer races." Lowndes commented.

Jamie Whincup got off to a great start and prior to the opening of the compulsory pit stop window had worked his way up to sixth place.

A longer than expected pit stop due to a problem with the left rear wheel nut dropped him out of the top ten but a valiant effort by the Bathurst winner saw him fight back to claim 10th spot prior to the chequered flag.

"I was happy with that race," Whincup said. "I got a solid start and settled into the race quite quickly."

"Unfortunately we had a wheel nut issue which dropped me down the order but I was still happy with the progress I was able to make due to excellent race pace."

"Tomorrow's longer races should suit our setup much better," Whincup concluded.

Today's race was won by Jason Bright ahead of Garth Tander and Todd Kelly. Championship leader Rick Kelly was fourth and now holds a 90 point lead over Craig Lowndes.

-credit: team betta electrical

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom