Barbagallo: TeamVodafone preview

TeamVodafone determined to consolidate championship lead in Western Australia With only four races remaining in the 2009 V8 Supercar Series, TeamVodafone will travel to Western Australia's Barbagallo Raceway this weekend with the aim ...

TeamVodafone determined to consolidate championship lead in Western Australia

With only four races remaining in the 2009 V8 Supercar Series, TeamVodafone will travel to Western Australia's Barbagallo Raceway this weekend with the aim of consolidating Jamie Whincup's lead in the championship.

Whincup bounced back from the disappointment of the SuperGP event, winning both races at Phillip Island a fortnight ago and taking his 2009 race win tally to 10, seven more than his closest rivals Will Davison and Garth Tander who have each won three races.

The defending champion, who now holds a 122 point lead in the championship admitted qualifying this weekend would be crucial and said he expected the top 20 cars to be separated by less than a second.

"With our points lead being less than one race, the championship is still very much wide open," Whincup said "Our biggest focus this weekend is to qualify well. Perth hasn't been that kind to us in the past but I am confident we can turn things around this weekend. "I have continued my focus and I won't be letting the hard work we did at Phillip Island slip. This weekend's event will also see the return of the Dunlop SP Sprint Maxx tyre and teammate Craig Lowndes believes it has the potential to provide him with a points haul.

"I have had great success at Barbagallo in the past but I am still chasing a win with TeamVodafone," Lowndes explained.

"While I am out of the running for the championship win, I am still chasing third and will be helping my teammate Jamie Whincup on his quest for back-to-back titles.

"Being a low grip circuit this is a difficult one to find the right setup and the soft tyre option this weekend adds another unknown. The challenge will be to get the best out of it," he continued.

This weekend's event will feature 1 x 100km (42 laps) race on Saturday and 1 x 200km (84 laps) race on Sunday, with a total of 300 points on offer. Each driver must run their set of Dunlop Sprint Maxx tyres in one of the two races.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Will Davison , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Phillip Island