Bathurst: TeamVodafone Saturday notes

TeamVodafone to start tomorrows 'great race' from sixth on the grid It is now down to business at the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with the final practice session concluded and the top ten shootout run and won. TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes...

TeamVodafone to start tomorrows 'great race' from sixth on the grid

It is now down to business at the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with the final practice session concluded and the top ten shootout run and won. TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes today recorded the sixth fastest time to put him and teammate Jamie Whincup on the third row of the grid for the start of tomorrows 161 lap race.

During the one-hour morning practice session Lowndes and Whincup worked on different approaches with Lowndes finalizing a top ten shootout setup while Whincup continued on with the task of setting up the racecar for tomorrow's race.

It was a relatively quiet day for teammates Richard Lyons and Allan Simonsen who were forced to watch the shootout from the garage after qualifying 16th yesterday.

During the earlier practice session, Lyons and Simonsen shared the driving duties, utilising the session to test the car in race trim with full fuel. Comfortably sitting inside the top ten times, the drivers both acknowledged they were much happier with the car's balance and grip today.

Fellow Ford driver Mark Winterbottom won the top ten shootout, ahead of Mark Skaife and Garth Tander.

Craig Lowndes Quotes

"I made a little mistake at Turn 1 on my shootout lap," said Lowndes. "I think I was just a bit too keen."

"The car balance was very good, especially across the top of the mountain but we didn't quite have the tyres to match the pace of Frosty."

"We showed today that we have a very good race package and we have won the race from starting off this grid position before," he added.

Jamie Whincup Quotes

"This morning we did a simulated race run and the car is just about perfect for these conditions," Whincup said.

"We will have a long night ahead sitting with the engineers looking at data to make sure we have the car 100% right."

Richard Lyons Quotes

"I am really happy with the morning's results," said Lyons. "The boys did a great job to get the car back to scratch after yesterdays practice session incident."

"We compared our car in practice against others with full race fuel and we seem to be comfortably inside the top ten."

"We are going into the race with renewed confidence and we are both really looking forward to tomorrow's race," he added.

Allan Simonsen Quotes

"I am really looking forward to tomorrow," said Simonsen "We had good  .
pace this morning and the car balance was perfect                      .

"We want to build on last years result but it is important to keep in the back of your mind that it is a long race and it is all about the last stint.

Tomorrows Super Cheap Auto 1000 will get underway at 10.30am tomorrow with the teams and drivers to contest 161-laps of the 6.2 kilometre Mount Panorama circuit.

-credit: teamvodafone

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Richard Lyons , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Allan Simonsen