TeamVodafone third and fourth in Darwin practice As he prepares to celebrate his 35th birthday tomorrow, TeamVodafone driver Craig Lowndes has recognised success at the slippery Hidden Valley circuit will go to whoever best looks after their ...
TeamVodafone third and fourth in Darwin practice
As he prepares to celebrate his 35th birthday tomorrow, TeamVodafone driver Craig Lowndes has recognised success at the slippery Hidden Valley circuit will go to whoever best looks after their tyres this weekend.
Lowndes was the third fastest driver at the conclusion of the V8 Supercar practice sessions today but spent much of his time on track chasing drive out of the corners.
The reigning Bathurst champion also experienced a couple of small off's at Turn 1 while exploring braking options, but said he was confident the team would make some improvements ahead of qualifying tomorrow.
"This weekend will come down to tyre management and who looks after their tyres best," Lowndes stated. "The track is actually worse than last year; we were sliding everywhere today which made it extremely hard to find a good balance."
"We used a lot of the session to try and find drive out of the corners and the jump going to better tyres was also not what we expected, but we were in the middle of a different setup program which could have impacted on the outcome.
"This event is really going to test teams as we will effectively be working to two different strategies but I have full confidence in TeamVodafone and hopefully I will bring home a bit of Darwin silverwear to celebrate my birthday tomorrow," Lowndes concluded.
Teammate and championship leader Jamie Whincup was fourth fastest and said he was happy with the result given they were working with a less than ideal tyre bank.
"We didn't have the best tyre bank to start with so I am reasonably happy with where we finished," Whincup said.
"We looked pretty ordinary during the middle section but Dutto (Mark Dutton) had a plan, didn't panic and our results became better as we discovered the track."
"I am confident there is more speed to come," he concluded.
The V8 Supercars will qualify at 11.00am (ACST) before they take to the track for Race 9 of the series at 3.35pm (ACST).