Tough weekend in the West for TeamVodafone A series of minor mechanical problems have played havoc with TeamVodafone's quest for points at Round 2 of the V8 Supercars at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway today. Drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup...
Tough weekend in the West for TeamVodafone
A series of minor mechanical problems have played havoc with TeamVodafone's quest for points at Round 2 of the V8 Supercars at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway today.
Drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup who finished fourth (Lowndes) and seventh (Whincup) in yesterdays opening 100km race, were unable to progress in today's two races.
In today's opening race, Lowndes Ford Falcon BF broke a front sway bar while Jamie Whincup received a drive thru penalty after his pit lane speed limiter failed to engage during the compulsory pitstop. Lowndes raced on and salvaged eighth place despite suffering with extreme oversteer for most of the race, Jamie Whincup finished out of the points in 23rd.
In the short break between races the Triple Eight Race Engineering crew made a series of repairs and adjustments to both cars but despite the changes the TeamVodafone drivers struggled to get good balance and speed out of the cars.
Craig Lowndes maintained eighth position and finished 6th overall for the round, the multiple Champion commented he was relieved to salvage some points out of a relatively lackluster weekend.
"The first race today was really disappointing as our car pace was excellent in the opening laps," Lowndes said.
"We were putting pressure on Rick but then the sway bar broke which upset the balance and gave me too much oversteer, all I could do was circulate and try to maintain a top ten position."
"The team fixed the problem for the final race but we still struggled with balance so I just focused on maintaining pace and not losing positions. We have come away from this weekend with some good points and we will work out a plan to go forward from here," Lowndes added.
From the start of Race 3 through to the compulsory pitstop Jamie Whincup wrestled with his #88 Falcon and was unable to move forward due to severe rear oversteer. Changes made during his stop enabled him to bring his car back to 18th and 13th overall for the round.
Whincup who took 11points from the weekend to finish 13th overall for the round acknowledged the car was better in the second half of the race.
"It was a disappointing weekend all round," Whincup said.
"After successful qualifying and Race 1 we were then haunted with a few mechanical and setup issues for the remaining two races."
"We know we have a good car and the resources to make it work, we will really need to make the most of our pre New Zealand test day to get a good balance back in the car," Whincup added.