Bahrain: TeamVodafone preview

TeamVodafone seek international spoils TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup will both be aiming to better their 2006 results at the Bahrain International Circuit which plays host to Round 12 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series ...

TeamVodafone seek international spoils

TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup will both be aiming to better their 2006 results at the Bahrain International Circuit which plays host to Round 12 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series this weekend.

Both drivers enjoyed good car speed at last years' inaugural event and while Lowndes finished inside the top ten for all three races an engine failure in the final race put Whincup out of podium contention.

After a disappointing round at Indy both drivers will be looking to make amends and return to the podium, a feat the Team has achieved at seven of the eleven rounds to date.

Acknowledging his Indy result as the one that got away, Championship leader Jamie Whincup said he realised his mistakes and believed the trials of the previous round would make him stronger and better prepared for the run to the finish line.

"Both myself and the team are very confident heading into this weekend," said Whincup. "We were quite good here last year until my engine gave way in the final race."

"The Bahrain circuit is one of the best in the world, it is fast, free flowing and is made up of a very durable and coarse surface to cope with the extreme heat in Summer. This actually makes the surface quite slippery."

"Mark Dutton (#88 Engineer) and I worked really well together at Indy and I know if we are on top of our game we can get the job done this weekend," he added.

After finishing fourth last year Craig Lowndes admitted he would like to take home some local silverware this year.

"This is the second year of going to Bahrain so the teams are much more organised and we have the added benefit of data from last year," said Lowndes.

"It took us a while to get our head around the race track last year but by the third race we had finally found a setup that we were happy with which puts us at a really good starting point when we hit the track on Thursday."

"The heat will play a much bigger role this year as it is tipped to be around 10 degrees hotter which will affect brakes, tyres and the drivers comfort," Lowndes added.

While in Bahrain TeamVodafone's pit crew in conjunction with major sponsor Vodafone will commence a month long challenge to grow mo's and raise money for Movember.

The V8 Supercars will roll out for practice at the Bahrain International Circuit on Thursday 1st November at 1.16pm (8.15pm AEST). On Friday 2nd November they will qualify at 11.00am (6.00pm AEST) with Race 1 to get underway at 3.00pm (10.00pm AEST). Saturday's two V8 Supercar races will commence at 11.00am (6.00pm AEST) and 3.35pm (10.35pm AEST).

Channel 7's telecast of the Desert 400 will be broadcast from Bahrain at 11.30pm on Friday 2nd November and 10.30pm on Saturday 3rd November.

-credit: tv/fluidpr.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Mark Dutton