Oran Park: Team Betta Sunday report

Lowndes makes it three so far Team Betta Electrical's Craig Lowndes has won at the seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway today in sensational style. Lowndes secured the round victory with...

Lowndes makes it three so far

Team Betta Electrical's Craig Lowndes has won at the seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway today in sensational style.

Lowndes secured the round victory with an impressive second place in the final reverse grid race of 2006 and after starting from pole, won the final 53-lap race by a massive 11.8 seconds from Rick Kelly and fellow Ford driver James Courtney.

The championship leader commenting team pit stops and good tyre wear were the two crucial components in setting him up for the win.

"All the hard work the team has been putting into perfecting our pit stops really paid off this weekend," Lowndes said

"It was great racing today, Rick had good car pace in some parts of the track and I had it in others.

"We worked hard early in the weekend to maintain tyre life and that paid dividends in the last half of Race 3 with the car well balanced and very comfortable which allowed me drive consistently," he said.

"It is great for the team to be leading the championship but we can't get ahead of ourselves and it is now time for us to refocus on the endurance race. Jamie and I will be testing later this month and we both are looking forward to the longer events.

"We are now in a good position for the championship and will keep attacking each round in the same way we have done this year," Lowndes added.

Team mate Jamie Whincup enjoyed his best ever finish in a reverse grid race which set him up to start the final race on the second row of the grid.

After a blinder of a start that saw Whincup take the lead from the first corner it was not all smooth motoring from there on with the 23 year old forced out of the race on the seventh lap and left watching from perched atop his Triple Eight Race Engineering prepared Falcon after the engine blew up.

"There is no use crying over a lost opportunity, we had a great weekend up until the engine let go," Whincup said.

"The car was the best it's been all weekend and I had six brand new tyres so we were all set up for the final race.

"While it is disappointing it is also encouraging to know I can confidently mix with the top ten.

"I would have really loved to have finished on a high this weekend for not only my own confidence but also to recognize the efforts that the team has put in to get me to this level so quickly," Whincup concluded.

Team Betta Electrical will undergo an intensive testing program in preparation for the first of two endurance events, the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 in Melbourne from September 1-3.

-credit: tbe

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup
Teams Triple Eight Race Engineering