Queensland: TeamVodafone Friday notes

TeamVodafone confident ahead of opening QLD race With the firm goal of securing back-to-back Round victories Craig Lowndes and his TeamVodafone Ford Falcon BF were quickly on the pace in today's extended practice session at Round 7 of the V8 ...

TeamVodafone confident ahead of opening QLD race

With the firm goal of securing back-to-back Round victories Craig Lowndes and his TeamVodafone Ford Falcon BF were quickly on the pace in today's extended practice session at Round 7 of the V8 Supercar Championship at Queensland Raceway.

For over half of the two-hour 15-minute session, Lowndes topped the time sheets while teammate Jamie Whincup sat comfortably in third position.

With both cars responding well to race run simulations the team opted to try a number of new qualifying setup options during the second part of the session. These didn't quite achieve the desired affect and Lowndes finished the session in eighth place while Whincup was 13th.

Extremely pleased with his Falcon's race package Lowndes said he was confident of a better qualifying result tomorrow.

"The car is very good on race runs," said Lowndes. "We made some adjustments after the first half of practice to finalise balance but we actually overcompensated."

"In the end the car balance was very good and I was on for a great lap with 10 minutes to go but made an error on the last corner that ruined our hopes of a top three finish.

"We are very confident of putting together a good qualifying setup and we know we have a great race package," Lowndes added.

Whincup, who earlier shared his 50th V8 Supercar round replica car cake with fans, commented that his final result was not indicative of the car's true performance.

"By looking at the time sheets it doesn't seem like we did a good job but it this category due to the lack of test days we are forced to explore unknown's on a race weekend," said Whincup.

"We tested our race setup for three quarters of the session it worked so well we though we would check it as a qualifying setup but as you can see it wasn't quite suitable."

"I am not disappointed, we learnt a lot today and will most likely revert back to a known setup for qualifying," he continued.

Tomorrow the V8 Supercars will qualify at 11.35am with the first of three 38-lap races to get underway at 3.35pm.

-credit: tv

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