Symmons Plains: Team Betta Friday report

Promising debut for Lowndes Falcon at Symmons Plains Craig Lowndes successfully debuted his brand new Triple Eight Race Engineering built Ford Falcon V8 Supercar in today extended, limited laps practice session at Tasmania's Symmons Plains ...

Promising debut for Lowndes Falcon at Symmons Plains

Craig Lowndes successfully debuted his brand new Triple Eight Race Engineering built Ford Falcon V8 Supercar in today extended, limited laps practice session at Tasmania's Symmons Plains circuit.

The Championship leader who recorded the 12th fastest time of .52.40234 adopted a different practice strategy, opting to split the 50 lap session between working on a race package and a qualifying setup.

Confident of making some big gains on new rubber tomorrow Lowndes said his new car was responding very well to the changes the team made throughout the session.

"I had a very positive 50 lap practice session," Lowndes said. "The new car is responding well to all our changes."

"If we put all our sector times together we could have finished up in the top five on old rubber."

"Our approach to practice was slightly different to what we normally do, being a new car we spent a lot more time working on race setup."

"I am confident we will make some big gains on new rubber and get it right for both qualifying and the race," Lowndes added.

Team mate Jamie Whincup who has now taken control of the Bathurst winning Falcon recorded the 10th quickest time of .52.3731 only half a second off the practice time set by Holden driver Mark Skaife.

Whincup and Engineer Ludo Lacroix are confident that there is plenty of improvement remaining when they set up with new rubber and a qualifying package.

"While many teams ran on newer tyres today we managed the session well on old rubber," Whincup said.

"Both Craig and I are quicker in different parts of the circuit so we can definitely learn more tonight before qualifying tomorrow."

"The track has improved from last year and I am looking forward to racing with some degree of run off," Whincup added.

Qualifying for the V8 Supercars gets underway at 11.05am with the Top Ten Shootout to commence at 12.05pm and the first 42 lap race set to start at 3.00pm. On Sunday the V8 Supercars will contest two 58 lap races.

-credit: tbe

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup