Clipsal: Team Betta Saturday report

Dual podiums for Team Betta Electrical in V8 Supercar season opener Team Betta Electrical has finished the opening 250km leg of the Clipsal 500 today in spectacular style with Craig Lowndes winning the grueling race and Jamie Whincup coming...

Dual podiums for Team Betta Electrical in V8 Supercar season opener

Team Betta Electrical has finished the opening 250km leg of the Clipsal 500 today in spectacular style with Craig Lowndes winning the grueling race and Jamie Whincup coming home third.

Whincup and Lowndes were the only Ford drivers to start in the top ten and through a combination of strategic pit stops and consistent pace achieved the dual podium result.

Lowndes worked his way from seventh on the opening lap to take control of the 78-lap race on lap 32, and maintained his lead through three safety car periods that were largely the result of fatigue due to temperatures soaring into the mid 30's.

"After a lengthy off season with the cars being totally reviewed it is encouraging and certainly confidence building to race so competitively today," Lowndes said.

"This is a great result for the team and particularly for Jamie who is fitting in so well.

"Our starting strategy was to be cautious and take the race as it came for the first few laps and when it became obvious we had strong race pace, we were able to leap frog a few positions in our first pit stop.

"We were also able to capitalize on the first safety period where we re-fueled and maintained the lead that we had.

"I will sleep easier tonight knowing that we are on the front row of the grid and I have my team mate right behind me," Lowndes stated.

Whilst Lowndes has enjoyed podium success at Clipsal before this is Whincup's first ever sprint race podium in his inaugural race for both Team Betta Electrical and Ford.

"I was so excited to have the opportunity to join Triple Eight and to achieve a podium in my first race is almost surreal," Whinchp said.

"The team have been absolutely fantastic in making me feel welcome and preparing me to race at the most competitive level.

"I will be going home to do some homework tonight, this category is very tough but I am lucky that I have a top engineer in Ludo Lacroix and a seat in the best team in the championship," Whincup concluded.

Team boss Roland Dane was delighted with the opening result particularly as all four Triple Eight Race Engineering Principals are in attendance this weekend.

"We couldn't have asked for a better start to the season," Dane said.

"Craig obviously enjoys this circuit and his pace and consistency is very encouraging however I am most impressed with the maturity shown by Jamie and the car #88 crew today.

"I am confident that the two drivers will compliment each other in many races to come but tomorrow is another day and another long race," Dane commented.

Sunday's action includes Warm-up and the second 250km leg of the Clipsal 500 which will get underway at 2.00pm (local time).

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Roland Dane
Teams Triple Eight Race Engineering