TeamVodafone tough it out in Tasmania TeamVodafone's experienced the lows of motorsport at Symmons Plains today with Jamie Whincup finishing 15th following a splash and dash in the final few laps of the race, while teammate Craig Lowndes was a...
TeamVodafone tough it out in Tasmania
TeamVodafone's experienced the lows of motorsport at Symmons Plains today with Jamie Whincup finishing 15th following a splash and dash in the final few laps of the race, while teammate Craig Lowndes was a forced DNF due to gear leaver failure earlier in the race.
A communication error saw the team put insufficient fuel in at the final stop for car #1, resulting in a five second fill and dropping him from fifth to 15th.
Whincup, who started on the fifth row of the grid for the race, was dissapointed by today's result, which was critical to his championship campaign.
"Once again we gave our opposition a get out of jail free card. We were all set to reclaim the lead which was my goal this weekend, but a silly error cost us the result we needed," Whincup stated.
"The year's already been tough and today it just got a little tougher. If there are any positives, I feel like we still have a sniff.
"My thoughts are now for Sandown, where we need to regroup and settle the ship. I believe we are still the best team in pit-lane but today was definitely one of our lowest moments," he said.
Lowndes who qualified third and got off the line well in the slippery conditions was comfortably travelling in second position, when forced to pit after the front bolt holding the gear connection to the gearbox sheared, reducing him to first gear for the remainder of lap 3.
The car #888 driver lost 19 laps in the race before re-joining the track, only to pit again on lap 38 due to the same issue.
Lowndes was upset by today's turn of events which has caused him to lose a spot on the championship ladder to Mark Winterbottom.
"We got a good start in the slippery conditions. The car was nice to drive and we really looked after the wet weather tyre in the early stages of the race," Lowndes said.
"We succumbed to a gear leaver problem which the boys did a great job at fixing but we lost 19 laps in the race. We managed to get back out there, hoping to gain some championship points. Unfortunately, the gear leaver problem returned and we had to retire from the race.
"I'm pretty upset as we had the speed and performance over the weekend, which has been sensational. We had the win yesterday and we were running second before the issues today. I give full credit to the team for their efforts and we're looking forward to getting back on track next week," he added.
TeamVodafone now head to Melbourne for Norton 360 Challenge at Sandown Raceway.