TeamVodafone vow a return to the podium on home turfFor Immediate Release: 18 August 2009. TeamVodafone is hoping to turn around a lacklustre run of results at Queensland Raceway in seasons past when it hits the track this weekend for the...
TeamVodafone vow a return to the podium on home turfFor Immediate Release: 18 August 2009. TeamVodafone is hoping to turn around a lacklustre run of results at Queensland Raceway in seasons past when it hits the track this weekend for the Queensland House and Land.com 300, Event 8 on the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series calendar.
The team's nominated test track, Queensland Raceway has been the site of a single race win for the Brisbane-based operation since it entered the category in 2004.
Craig Lowndes took the 300km race victory in 2005, adding to five previous race wins of his own. Six total wins make him the most successful driver to compete at the 3.12km circuit.
The #888 pilot is eager to help the team break an unusual drought, given its exemplary success at every other event on the calendar.
"This is our home track and for the last couple of years we haven't performed to our best," said Lowndes. "This year we are really hoping to turn things around.
"We're heading into the last event with sprint tyres before the endurance races come up. In terms of tyre life I think we will face similar issues that we came across in Darwin a few months back.
"The track is constantly changing. Each year it seems to get bumpier and it is very hard to reach an optimum setup given the varying track temperatures and changing grip levels throughout the day.
Lowndes is fourth in the championship on 1350 points.
A win at the Queensland Raceway circuit has so far eluded teammate Jamie Whincup, the championship leader is hoping some additional laps at the Willowbank track last week will prove fruitful this weekend.
"Although it is our test track and I claimed pole and finished the round second in 2007, I haven't quite achieved the results that I would have liked," Whincup explained. "It is important for us to have a good weekend to try and stop any momentum that HRT may have gained from Sandown. It is also important to keep in terms of our own consistentcy as last year's event at Queensland Raceway was the last time that no one from TeamVodafone was on the podium.
"With the weather predicted to be hot over the weekend the sprint tyre is not going to last as long as it did at Sandown."
Whincup currently leads the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series and holds a 117 point lead over former flatmate Will Davison. Drivers will contest a 33-lap race on Saturday followed by a 65-lap race on Sunday with a maximum 300 points up for grabs.