TeamVodafone promising in Pukekohe practice Rejoicing the results of their recent test day, TeamVodafone's Ford Falcon BF machines were back on the pace in today's extended practice session at Pukekohe Park Raceway with both racecars lapping...
TeamVodafone promising in Pukekohe practice
Rejoicing the results of their recent test day, TeamVodafone's Ford Falcon BF machines were back on the pace in today's extended practice session at Pukekohe Park Raceway with both racecars lapping consistently inside the top ten.
From the moment the cars hit the track, TeamVodafone drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup were inside the top ten. Whincup featuring dominantly in the top three for most of the session.
Lowndes had a small off during the first part of the limited laps 2 ½ hour session but despite the nature of the fast flowing track the session was only interrupted by two red flags.
Posting the fifth fastest time of .56.2738 Lowndes said he very pleased with the way the car responded to setup changes today.
"The car was reasonably good straight up but we lacked a little bit of drive which we worked on throughout the session," said Lowndes.
"Ninety percent the changes we made today were good, however there were a couple that sent us momentarily in the wrong direction."
"When we put the second set of new tyres on the car it responded like we had hoped but I made a small mistake and locked up coming out of Turn 5 which cost us a better time.
"There is definitely more time left in both me and the car," he said.
Ninth quickest today and only a tenth of a second slower than his teammate, Jamie Whincup was delighted with his #88 Falcon and commented the team's recent test day had been crucial in getting the car setup back on track.
"The car is exceptionally good," said Whincup. "We have definitely got the car back on track."
"The timesheet really doesn't show the cars true performance as we were continually held up during the final laps of that session."
"We are still looking for a little bit more high speed stability but pay day is tomorrow," Whincup added.
The V8 Supercars will qualify at 12.00pm (local time) tomorrow with Race 1 to get underway at 4.20pm (local time).