TeamVodafone back on the podium at Pukekohe TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup is celebrating his best result in a sprint round after finishing third overall at Round 3 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Pukekohe Park ...
TeamVodafone back on the podium at Pukekohe
TeamVodafone's Jamie Whincup is celebrating his best result in a sprint round after finishing third overall at Round 3 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Pukekohe Park Raceway.
Whincup's podium came after he finished second in the opening race of the day and fifth in the controversial final race which was cut short by seven laps due to time constraints.
His third placing sees him leap from seventh to fourth in the Championship standings where he is also the best placed Ford driver.
Speaking after the race Whincup said his Team had moved forward since Perth and were well on track with their four round plan to reduce the power deficit to the front running Holden teams.
"It is great to be back on the podium, it shows we are well on track with our plan to get back to the front," said Whincup.
"I had a great first race today where I finished second but we did use up our best tyres so I just had to do the best I could in Race 3.
"My start in the final race was not great I got a little bit too many revs and dropped back which cost us some positions early on. I had a good pitstop and hung on to finish fifth and it was enough to get us back onto the podium," Whincup explained.
After spearing off mid race yesterday teammate Craig Lowndes redeemed himself today with two top ten race finishes and a top ten round result which elevated him to seventh in the Championship.
Lowndes started Race 2 from 14th on the grid and climbed his way back to seventh. In the final race he got a sensational start which saw him move through the pack and a good pitstop further advanced the TeamVodafone driver to sit comfortably in fifth behind teammate Jamie Whincup.
With a better set of Race 3 tyres Lowndes was able to out brake Whincup at Turn 5 and move into fourth place.
"We made some good progress today after my mistake yesterday put us on the back foot," said Lowndes
"I got a great start in the final race today and was able to make up a position. We also decided to stay out a bit longer than normal and made up more positions in the pitstop."
"We saved our best tyres for the last race which is why I was able to pass Jamie. If the race had run full distance I am sure I could have caught James (Courtney) as well."
"The car balance was definitely the best it has been all weekend in the last race" Lowndes added.
After winning the final race Rick Kelly was declared the round winner despite tying for points with teammate Garth Tander who was second, Jamie Whincup was third.
Round 4 of the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series will be held at Victoria's Winton Raceway May 18-20.