Hamilton: TeamVodafone Friday report

Solid start for TeamVodafone in NZ. TeamVodafone Holden Commodores were prominent in practice on the streets of Hamilton this afternoon, with Jamie Whincup finishing second and Craig Lowndes just missing the top three ahead of ...

Solid start for TeamVodafone in NZ.

TeamVodafone Holden Commodores were prominent in practice on the streets of Hamilton this afternoon, with Jamie Whincup finishing second and Craig Lowndes just missing the top three ahead of qualifying tomorrow.

The practice results have bolstered team spirits ahead of racing tomorrow on the notoriously hit and miss track. Past events in New Zealand have proven challenging for Whincup and Lowndes with either clean sweeps or crashes marking what is a less than consistent record. With all cars starting on fresh 'green' tyres, the field was wide open from the get go, with cars 888 and 1 present in the top half throughout the whole thirty minute practice. Whincup explains he is feeling positive after finishing second behind Garth Tander.

"Today's results are pretty good. Driving in any event where you start with new tyres in a practice session is always fun," he said. "The car is really good, but I think we're yet to capture its full potential. I think we can still get more out of it as we learn and analyse the track changes. I'm a lot happier that the back chicane is safer now and overall this shows a worthy improvement.

"In retrospect maybe I should have gone a little bit quicker, but to be honest I'm happy where I am at the moment." Craig Lowndes describes his practice resulting in a respectable fourth place.

"We had a slow start through the first session making sure we got the car balance right and getting me comfortable in the car.

"A few changes in the second session gave me some more drive and further increased my confidence.

"Fourth position tonight is quite satisfying given my personal history here on this track," Lowndes said.

-source: teamvodafone

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup