Surfers Paradise: Caltex Racing race one report



Jamie Whincup and his Caltex-backed #88 TeamVodafone Falcon have led the way for the Caltex stable in today's first of three races for this weekend's Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast, Queensland, finishing in second position behind Garth Tander.

Tailing Whincup's new TeamVodafone Falcon - which recently took the Bathurst win - was his team-mate Craig Lowndes aboard the Caltex-backed #888 TeamVodafone Falcon, coming home in third position.

Meanwhile, Russell Ingall and his #9 Caltex Racing Falcon had the car speed advantage today and used it to pip Greg Murphy on the line to take home fourth, despite struggling with brake temperatures.

The 2003 winner of the Surfers Paradise round was on the pace and wringing as much as he could out of his car; however on a circuit where passing is difficult high traffic saw the local Gold Coast resident struggle to get air into his brakes.

After finishing fourth Ingall will start on the second row for tomorrow's first of the final two sprint races despite those issues, determined to put his car speed advantage to good use after a promising display this afternoon.

Ingall's team-mate James Courtney had a good start to the race, leading the field into the first corner before a combination of handling issues and a slow stop saw him cross the line in sixth.

Garth Tander won this afternoon's 27 lap sprint race -- the first of three races for the 11th round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, with tomorrow's V8 Supercar race action kicking off at 11.05pm followed by the closing race at 4.10pm.

CALTEX QUOTEBOARD Russell Ingall - #9 Caltex Racing Ford Falcon "It was a bit of a frustrating race today. We definitely had one of the fastest cars out there but we couldn't use it to full advantage," said Ingall.

"The problem at Indy is that you sit behind other cars, your brake temperatures go through the roof because you can't get any air to them and it makes it even more difficult to pass on a track that is hard to pass on anyway. "There are not too many times you have a speed advantage in V8 Supercars these days and when you have it you want to use it.

"I did manage to pick up a position at the end; it's always good to get Murph (Greg Murphy) on the line!"

Craig Lowndes - #888 Team Vodafone Ford Falcon "It's nice to be up there, to come to the Lexmark Indy 300 last year and have the issues we had, it was great to come here and keep the momentum from the Bathurst win going," said Lowndes.

"We will have a look at the car tonight and tomorrow's temperatures, and try and make the car a bit better overnight but overall, it is looking good."

Jamie Whincup - #888 Team Vodafone Ford Falcon "The #88 car is handling very well, we got a okay start and had good pit stops and then were able to set out after Garth (Tander) at the end there," said Whincup.

"Overall we are very happy, the thing with Indy is the track changes constantly, we have these fast Champ Cars with their big fat tyres going around and changing the surface and so we need to be ready for that.

"We will check the car overnight, and as I am sure all the teams will do we will fine-tune the car."

James Courtney - #4 Jeld-Wen Motorsport Ford Falcon "At the time it didn't feel that quick but I got a great start off the line and was able to get up far enough on Garth (Tander) to move in to first place," said Courtney.

"The Jeld-Wen Falcon wasn't handling as well as we would have liked on full tanks so it was a bit of a struggle early in the race.

"We lost some time in our pit stop when the car coughed exiting the pit bay. It was enough for (Greg) Murphy to get past us in pit lane and we ended up losing a few positions on-track.

"We kept racing hard but it is so difficult to pass here and I wanted to make sure that we had a good car to go racing with tomorrow to get back up there in the lead."


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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Garth Tander , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup