Seven out of eight race wins for TeamVodafone 9TeamVodafone has maintained its successful start to the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series with Jamie Whincup winning Race 8 at Tasmania's Symmons Plains Raceway today. Today's win now positions...
Seven out of eight race wins for TeamVodafone
9TeamVodafone has maintained its successful start to the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series with Jamie Whincup winning Race 8 at Tasmania's Symmons Plains Raceway today.
Today's win now positions the team with seven wins from eight starts and gives the championship leader his fifth win of the season.
After a lower than expected result in yesterday's race Whincup bounced back with a tremendous qualifying lap placing him on pole position for the fourth time this season.
With a number of teams using different strategies and tyre combinations the race really unfolded with less than 20 laps to go when it became clear it was a sprint to the finish between Fabian Coulthard (also in a Triple Eight Race Engineering V8 Supercar), Will Davison and Whincup.
Whincup held on to take the win and said it was a fantastic turnaround from yesterday.
"It just goes to show in this sport one day is not the same as the next," Whincup said.
"We put in a great team performance, strategy plays a major part and once again our guys got more right than wrong."
"I am absolutely stoked to win at Tasmania for the third year in a row," he concluded.
Teammate Craig Lowndes improved on his 16th position in qualifying to finish 11th overcoming minor braking issues that plagued him throughout the qualifying session.
"My start wasn't the best in that race I bogged down but luckily everyone else around seemed to do the same," Lowndes explained.
"I stayed out of trouble during the first part of the race and had a good first pitstop. But then I found myself held up behind Murph (Greg Murphy) and Richo (Steven Richards) which hurt me in terms of gap to the leader."
"We saved time in the second stop by only putting rears on and that helped elevate me up the order," he added.
While Whincup's win sees him maintain a respectable lead in the championship Lowndes also collected some solid points over the two races this weekend and now sits sixth in the order.
The next event on the V8 Supercar calendar is the Sky City Triple Challenge which will be held at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway on June 19 -- 21.