TeamVodafone left with damage as Bahrain desert storm hits Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have been dealt a serve blow at the twelfth round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship with both TeamVodafone Falcons unable to finish today's yesterday's...
TeamVodafone left with damage as Bahrain desert storm hits
Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have been dealt a serve blow at the twelfth round of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship with both TeamVodafone Falcons unable to finish today's yesterday's at Bahrain International Circuit.
After finishing second and sixth in yesterday's practice session, Whincup and Lowndes struggled during qualifying and were left to start today's race from grid positions 11 (Lowndes) and 14 (Whincup).
After setting a blistering pace off the line both TeamVodafone pilots had worked their way into the top 10 when disaster struck as Lowndes was caught in an incident involving Paul Morris and Greg Murphy which left the #888 Falcon sporting more than its fair share of battle scars.
Whincup also sustained damage as a result of the clash which saw him clip the wall while taking action to avoid the demolition derby unfolding in front of him.
"I basically became a ping-pong ball in Morris-Murphy sandwich," Lowndes said, "We all know that 3 into 1 doesn't go and unfortunately I came off second best."
"It is extremely disappointing. After starting from outside the top 10 I got a great start and think we had a great race package to make up more positions."
For Whincup the incident also had serve ramifications with the TeamVodafone driver left no choice but to surrender his championship lead after the damage sustained saw him retire at the half-way point of the race. He now has 501 series points and is 11 points behind Garth Tander.
"We were caught out by the conditions during qualifying and missed the boat. When you start the race that far back you are bound to get caught up in other people's incidents," Whincup said.
"We have a strong race car and with the tyre derogation at this circuit particularly high we decided we were better to fix the car properly for the next race and start tomorrow a set of tyres up on the rest of the field. There are still two races to go and therefore two more chances for us to obtain valuable championship points."
Despite the extensive damage sustained today the #888 Falcon will start tomorrow's race with the TeamVodafone crew replacing the right hand side of the car including the two front uprights, steering arms, boot and rear wing.
The final two races from Bahrain International Circuit will be broadcast into Australian lounge rooms from 10.30pm on Saturday 3 November with a replay to take place the following afternoon on Channel Seven.