Clipsal: TeamVodafone Sunday race report

Top five for Whincup as Lowndes fights back to remain in the points After claiming third in the first leg of the Clipsal 500 yesterday TeamVodafone experienced the highs and lows of motor racing with a series of small errors hampering the...

Top five for Whincup as Lowndes fights back to remain in the points

After claiming third in the first leg of the Clipsal 500 yesterday TeamVodafone experienced the highs and lows of motor racing with a series of small errors hampering the overall results for drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes at the conclusion to Round 1 of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series today.

Whincup finished the final 250km leg of the Clipsal 500 in fifth place after a longer than usual pitstop saw him drop five positions after the compulsory stop. The 24 year old put his head down and pushed hard to reclaim positions but was unable to get past fellow Ford drivers Russell Ingall and James Courtney as the three battled through the final laps of the race.

Team mate Craig Lowndes encountered his own difficulties when on lap 19 of the race he was forced up an escape road to avoid locking and destroying his front right hand tyre.

Lowndes dropped to 23rd and worked hard to bring his TeamVodafone Ford Falcon BF back to 13th and remain in the points.

Whincup who now sits fourth in the championship said while he did not have the ideal race today he was very pleased with his consistent results.

"Overall I am very pleased to finish the weekend with a straight and competitive car," Whincup said.

"Although today didn't run as well as we had planned I have got great confidence heading into the rest of the championship."

"Fourth overall is a good first up result and is on plan with my personal goals of being consistent this year."

Lowndes encountered a difficult weekend all round but was relieved to have finished in the points in both races.

"We had a better car today after we fixed our issues with the rear sway bar," Lowndes said. "However, I made a mistake going into Turn 4 and decided to run up the escape road rather than destroy the front right tyre but unfortunately that put which put me back in 23rd."

"From then on our car worked really well car speed was quite good through the middle section of the race."

"After our compulsory fuel stop we struggled with rear support and later in the race our tyre grip started to go away."

"All in all it was a weekend for recovery and with the new points system it was crucial to come with away in the points and finish in the top fifteen in both races," Lowndes concluded.

Round 2 of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship will be held at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway March 23-25.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Craig Lowndes