Oran Park: Team Betta preview

Team Betta Electrical sees results on the radar at Oran Park Team Betta Electrical will launch an all-out assault on the last reverse grid round to feature on the 2006 V8 Supercar calendar at Sydney's Oran Park next weekend, with the team's ...

Team Betta Electrical sees results on the radar at Oran Park

Team Betta Electrical will launch an all-out assault on the last reverse grid round to feature on the 2006 V8 Supercar calendar at Sydney's Oran Park next weekend, with the team's talented driver duo determined to factor in the podium placings.

Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup remain Ford's only round winning drivers for 2006 and have every intention of maintaining the front line of defence against the Holden camp at the round 7 clash.

The August 11-13 event also acts as the prelude to the season's all-important endurance races in around a month's time, but the Brisbane-based teams immediate focus remains on delivering consistent results across all 3 races at the tight and technical circuit.

The overall win eluded a fast-finishing Lowndes at the 2005 event after the clear pacesetter was pinged with a drive-through penalty at a crucial stage during the final race, a memory which will only act to fuel the multiple series champion's motivation when he takes to the track.

After a lean round at Queensland Raceway by his own admission, Lowndes is ready to perform from the outset of the event.

"We had great car pace at Oran Park last year and given this track is less sensitive to horsepower and more about handling I am really looking forward to this weekend's racing," said Lowndes.

"This is the last of the sprint race formats before the endurance round and the last time we will ever contest a reverse grid race."

"I'm really confident of the team's handle on the car's setup, we were second quickest here last year and we found a great compromise with handling also -- Oran Park is one of the last remaining bumpy tracks and given the tightness it is often difficult to pass."

"I've had some pretty good results here in the past, and got the 4th placing last year even with a drive through penalty, I'm just hoping to make it through all the congestion there will be down at turn 1 in the reverse grid race."

Jamie Whincup is keen to bounce back from a disappointing home track outing at Ipswich and is looking forward to the Oran Park round.

The young racer has experienced immense success at the track, especially in his earlier Formula Ford days, the category he won en route to starting out in V8 Supercars.

Whincup explained that the layout rewarded handling over horsepower, and is confident in his Team Betta Electrical Falcon's ability into and out of the corners and across the bumpy sections of the track.

"This is our last round before the endurance races now so its really important to me to get a good run, there's now only around a month until Sandown which will just fly by," said Whincup.

"I really enjoy Oran Park as a driving circuit -- I like the terrain and it's definitely one of the places we visit throughout the year where I feel very comfortable."

"The results may not have been there for Triple Eight last year but the team was clearly the fastest out there, the guys have the knowledge to keep the cars competitive lap after lap."

"This is our first visit to New South Wales for the year and the next is the big one -- Bathurst; it's a pretty good warm-up for the fans down there and our last chance to accumulate good points before pairing up."

The duo agreed that the removal of the reverse-grid format after the Oran Park round would give their championship campaigns a little more perspective and allow them to lap amongst the lead pack where the cars clearly belong.

Team Betta Electrical maintains its impressive run of results to head the Blue Oval's charge in the Team's Championship, and sits handily placed in second overall.

The drivers will contest a 38 lap race on the Saturday afternoon before lining up for the two Sunday races consisting of 53 laps each. There is a championship-defining 320 points on offer for the weekend, and every placing is critical to season success.

-credit: team betta electrical

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup