Lowndes salvages a podium finish amidst the Oran Park chaos TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes has finished third overall at Round 8 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Oran Park today while teammate Jamie Whincup ended the weekend fifth for the...
Lowndes salvages a podium finish amidst the Oran Park chaos
TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes has finished third overall at Round 8 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Oran Park today while teammate Jamie Whincup ended the weekend fifth for the round.
In an ironic twist of fate Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup traded ends of the field in only a handful of laps during today's final V8 Supercar race.
While Craig started the final race from pole position after winning the opening 46-lap race today, he was last after the first lap, having to pit for wet tyres following a deluge of rain whilst sitting on the start line.
Jamie, however who started in last position after a DNF in Race 2, the result of an interaction with Jason Richards, was able to change his tyres before the start of the race and commence racing from pit lane.
A cross threaded wheel nut also added to Lowndes' dilemma which saw him re-enter the race alongside race leader Lee Holdsworth and ultimately resulted in him going a lap down. Finishing 14th gave Lowndes the two points he required to claim third position overall for the weekend.
"With the constantly changing weather it was always going to be a lottery on tyre selection," said Lowndes.
"Unfortunately we made the wrong call on the grid, changing to dry tyres after observing a drying line through the warm-up lap."
"It was certainly disheartening sitting on pole position with the windscreen wipers on fast and slick tyres."
"All-in-all I was delighted to be on the podium considering the ups and downs of the weekend's events," Lowndes acknowledged.
Jamie Whincup who finished fourth with a very battered car was disappointed with the result given that he felt he drove above his own expectations due to suffering influenza the entire weekend.
"Overall it is a miserable result," said Whincup. "I had a very good car this weekend but circumstances outside my control stopped me improving my championship position."
"In the last race, I had that much damage that I couldn't see over the top of the bonnet which ruined any front down force. Then to top it off I had no radio contact with the team."
"I still remain in third position in the championship and given that the cars are proving to be very strong I am expecting a consistent and competitive endurance season and can't wait to go seriously racing." He added.
TeamVodafone now heads home to Brisbane to begin preparing for a test day on Friday August 31 where all four drivers including Allan Simonsen and Richard Lyons will bed in their race cars for Sandown.