Surfers Paradise: TeamVodafone race 1 report

TeamVodafone's Lowndes and Priaulx second in the first leg of the GC 600 TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes and Andy Priaulx have claimed second in today's first 300km leg of the Gold Coast 600, while Jamie Whincup and Steve Owen ...

TeamVodafone's Lowndes and Priaulx second in the first leg of the GC 600

TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes and Andy Priaulx have claimed second in today's first 300km leg of the Gold Coast 600, while Jamie Whincup and Steve Owen finished sixth.

International pilot, Priaulx was elected to start the race in the #888 Commodre and got away cleanly managing to steer clear of the first lap carnage.

Priaulx gained a couple of spots following the collision and both drivers remained strong throughout the race including two faultless pit-stops.

Lowndes kept the pressure on race winner Tander but was unable to find a way past before the chequered flag fell.

Lowndes was thrilled with today's result which gave him vital points towards the championship, in which he is currently placed third.

"We are really pleased with the result and it was exactly what we needed for the championship," Lowndes said."We didn't quite have the speed to catch up to Garth Tander at the end there because we lost a little bit of rear grip.

"I was extremely impressed with Andy who did a fantastic job. He got a great start and kept it clean throughout the race. There's a little bit of improvement to be made on the car but we're looking forward to tomorrow," he added.

Priaulx was all smiles today and said he was looking forward to tomorrow's event.

"The cars are really hard to drive and I was under a little bit of pressure but I'm happy with the overall results and I hope I can give Craig another good result tomorrow," Priaulx stated.

"I've gotten used to the track really quickly and I'm enjoying working with the team. We'll look over a few things tonight to ensure we're fresh for tomorrow," he said.

Car #1 co-driver Steve Owen, who started on the fourth row of the grid, managed to climb three spots on the first lap and remain solid throughout his run.

A pit-stop on the 37th lap proved to be a hindrance following an incident when a competitor collected car #1's tyres when exiting their pit bay.

Defending V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup said the team had the pace but didn't have quite enough to fight back.

"We were looking strong but we had an incident where another car dragged our tyre down pit-lane, which pushed us back to tenth," he stated.

"We both working really well together and we're confident we can pick up the pace for tomorrow's race," he said.Co-driver Steve Owen agreed with his team-mate and said they both had a very good handle on the car.

"We're 100% agree on all aspects of the car and certainly know which direction we're headed in tomorrow."

Qualifying for the GC600 starts at 11:00am tomorrow followed by Race 20 (102 Laps) at 1:35pm.

-source: teamvodafone

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Series Supercars
Drivers Andy Priaulx , Garth Tander , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Steve Owen