WA PODIUM FOR LOWNDES AND WHINCUP BACK IN TOP TEN Further demonstrating that the Triple Eight Race Engineering Falcons have good speed in a variety of conditions Team Betta Electrical drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup both finished inside...
WA PODIUM FOR LOWNDES AND WHINCUP BACK IN TOP TEN
Further demonstrating that the Triple Eight Race Engineering Falcons have good speed in a variety of conditions Team Betta Electrical drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup both finished inside the top ten at round three of the V8 Supercar Championship at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway today.
Craig Lowndes returned to the podium in sensational fashion claiming third overall after finishing the notorious reverse grid race 14th and a close second in the final race of the day.
Jamie Whincup recovered well in the second race to finish 5th and after starting from 16th on the grid climbed seven places to 9th in the final race and 10th overall for the round.
Lowndes, who now moves to fifth in the championship, enjoyed a consistent weekend maintaining pace with the leaders.
"After New Zealand I was concerned about the maturity of some of the drivers in our championship however the results from race two today indicate that we are all approaching this race with a much higher degree of caution," Lowndes commented.
"I found today's reverse grid tough, and really had my work cut out for me as our strategy just wasn't quite up to par.
"It was good back up the front for race three but our cold tyre speed still leaves us with room for improvement," Lowndes added.
With a sluggish qualifying result and a lower order finish in race one Whincup's focus was clearly on keeping the car smooth and out of trouble in today's two races.
"I am disappointed that I didn't start the weekend higher in the order" Whincup said. "But the great thing about this team is that they analyse well and gave me plenty of options for improvement.
"Today I really wanted to maintain a good racing line and consistently lap to regain some confidence.
"We achieved our goal of accumulating championship points and maintained momentum in the Teams Championship.
"I am looking forward to round four where I am confident the Winton track conditions will better suit our chassis setups," Whincup added.
In front of another record weekend crowd of over 70,000 Holden's Steven Richards won the third round of the championship ahead of Mark Skaife and Craig Lowndes.
Triple Eight Race Engineering will head back to their Brisbane headquarters to prepare both Team Betta Electrical Falcons and all relevant components for their second test day of 2006 ahead of round four of the V8 Supercar Championship Series that will be held at Victoria's Winton Raceway May 26-28.