Tasmania: TeamVodafone preview

TeamVodafone aiming for title turnaround in Tasmania For Immediate release: 14th November, 2007. The Blue Oval's top title fighters head south to Symmons Plains for this weekend's penultimate V8 Supercar round knowing a victory is vital in order...

TeamVodafone aiming for title turnaround in Tasmania For Immediate release: 14th November, 2007.

The Blue Oval's top title fighters head south to Symmons Plains for this weekend's penultimate V8 Supercar round knowing a victory is vital in order to remain in championship contention.

TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup, who currently second and third respectively in the points standings, will look to make an immediate impact in the opening sessions in order to position themselves for a strong run in qualifying and the races to follow.

At just 2.4km in length, the Symmons Plains circuit puts pace at a premium. Equally important is the driver's ability to close the tightest of gaps under heavy braking, especially at the infamous hairpin where close to 200km/h is shaved off in a matter of seconds.

Lowndes and Whincup are keen to erase memories of a turbulent trip to Tasmania last season, where a multiple car accident in a thick cloud of dust and dirt put them on the back foot all weekend.

Both TeamVodafone Ford Falcon BFs have shown remarkable speed in past rounds, with #88 scorching the streets of Surfers at the Indy event and #888 carving through the entire field at Bahrain.

The conversion of this pace to a result is paramount for the Queensland-based team.

"Without a doubt this is a critical round for us," said Lowndes.

"This is a circuit where you need good power down and braking to cement a result."

"We have shown this year that we have the pace now we just need a little bit of luck to go our way," he added

Lowndes overcame what looked like being a disastarous round to score serious points with a win in the final Bahrain race. He is now just 20 points behind Garth Tander.

A point-less round at Bahrain a fortnight ago saw Whincup slip to third in the standings, but an incredibly consistent season to date means he is still well in sight of the title.

He sits 9 points behind Lowndes -- a total of just 29 points off the series lead.

"Last year Symmons Plains was one of three circuits (Indy, Sandown) where we struggled," said Whincup. "This year we have been strong at two of the three so I am confident we will have a better run than last year."

"The championship is a long way from gone and everybody is starting to make mistakes. None of the championship contenders have had the perfect report card over the past couple of round."

This year's Triple Crown features 3 x 50 lap races, an opener on Saturday with races 2 and 3 on Sunday.

With TeamVodafone crew members taking part in the national men's health charity Movember Lowndes and Whincup will lend their support to promoting the cause with both drivers to feature moustaches on their helmets and movember.com on their Ford Falcon BF race cars.

-credit: teamvodafone/fluidpr.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup