Harrowing final day for TeamVodafone at the Nikon SuperGP. TeamVodafone has endured another harrowing day of racing at the Nikon SuperGP with Jamie Whincup crashing heavily and failing to finish today's opening 150km race while teammate ...
Harrowing final day for TeamVodafone at the Nikon SuperGP.
TeamVodafone has endured another harrowing day of racing at the Nikon SuperGP with Jamie Whincup crashing heavily and failing to finish today's opening 150km race while teammate Craig Lowndes was handed a drive through penalty after a first lap incident in the second leg.
Lowndes started the day well, qualifying on the front row of the grid and going on to win the opening 34-lap race but it was a vastly different story for championship leader Whincup who hit the wall on the final lap of the race resulting in severe front and rear end damage to his TeamVodafone V8 Supercar.
With only two hours to get the car ready for the second leg the TeamVodafone crew worked frantically and pulled off what many said was the impossible, getting Car #1 ready to head to the grid with only minutes to spare.
Bad luck struck again on the opening lap of the second leg but this time it was Lowndes, handed a drive through penalty for a first turn incident with Russell Ingall. He came back through the field to finish the race 13th and Whincup also bounced back from his DNF to finish the second leg sixth.
"It was a really disappointing start to leg two," said Lowndes. "We had a great opening race then a terrible start to the second one.
"I was locked up and had contact with Garth (Tander) then unfortunately hit Russell (Ingall) turning him around. We were given a drive through and that put an end to any chance of bringing home a surfboard this weekend.
"The car was brilliant and we managed to come back through to finish the race 13th and fourth for the day," he added.
A bitterly disappointed Jamie Whincup admitted this was probably his worst ever V8 Supercar event.
"Mentally this was one of the toughest weekends I have been through," Whincup said.
"I was absolutely shattered when I crashed in Race 1 today. All I can say is that I had a complete brain fade which in any sport is the worst thing that can happen.
"The team did an absolutely incredible job to the car back out there and I can't thank them enough . In two hours they completely rebuilt the front and rear ends and even managed to fill my drink bottle," he added.
Whincup's lead in the championship has been reduced to just 32points with six races still remaining.
The next event will see the V8 Supercars return to Phillip Island in a fortnights time for races 21 and 22.