TeamVodafone prepares for Bathurst 1000

TeamVodafone out to convert figures to podium at Bathurst Everything about the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 relates to numbers and getting the calculations right can lead you to the top of the winners dais, just ask Team Vodafone's Craig...

TeamVodafone out to convert figures to podium at Bathurst

Everything about the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 relates to numbers and getting the calculations right can lead you to the top of the winners dais, just ask Team Vodafone's Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup who won the iconic event at Mount Panorama last year.

While many believe that the numbers game commences once the drivers arrive at Bathurst, spare a thought for TeamVodafone's logistics squad, who two weeks out from the Bathurst event are leaving no stone unturned in putting the finishing touches to their preparation for Australia's greatest race.

With the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 considered a team event the TeamVodafone crew will swell from 30 to 45 with everybody traveling more than one thousand kilometers from Brisbane to be at Bathurst, as the team aims for back-to-back titles and the elusive Sandown, Bathurst double.

Craig Lowndes, who has won the iconic race twice, acknowledged it was not just the drivers but in fact the whole team who is needed to perform at the top of their game if they are to come away with the coveted Peter Brock Trophy for the second year running.

"Due to the nature and the distance covered at Bathurst the workload increases not only for us but also the crew who have to work together to meet the demands which are presented racing at a track which is almost double the distance of others on the V8 Supercar calendar," Lowndes said.

"As drivers we rely on the engineers and mechanics who work behind the scenes to make sure our strategy is right while also being flexible to accommodate the unknown."

"One thousand kilometers is a huge distance and it goes without saying that situations may change as the race goes on, hence the need for the crew to be ready for whatever is presented to them."

"To ensure our pit crew are prepared for the scheduled pitstops for fuel, tyres and brake pads they will complete no less than 320 practice pit stops and 1280 individual tyre changes between now and race day," Lowndes added.

With each TeamVodafone Ford Falcon BF V8 Supercar spending around 700 minutes on track there is a need for additional parts and supplies and the Team's B-Double race transporter will contain enough spare parts to re-build three V8 Supercars.

In fueling the hardworking crew, Team Chef Murray Redpath will require over 500 litres of soft drink, water and juice, ten kilograms of Moccopan coffee beans, 1500 slices of bread and 10 kilograms of snakes. Over the course of the weekend he will also use 62 kilograms of meat and 120kg of vegetables in preparing nearly 700 meals.

TeamVodafone's physiotherapist Chris Brady will also be at the track to meet the needs of Lowndes and Whincup along with their endurance team-mates Richard Lyons and Allan Simonsen. It is anticipated that each driver, while applying the brakes at 14 braking points around the 6.2 kilometre circuit will put their body through the equivalent of 1127 right leg presses at 110kg of weight.

On each lap the drivers will make 34 gear changes with the winning combination making around 5474 changes in approx 6 hours 30 minutes.

There is also an increase in the media and public demands on the drivers at this event and it is anticipated Lowndes and Whincup will conduct over 35 media interviews in the week prior to the event. On top of this the drivers will sign autographs for 7 hours in the week leading up to the race with their signature scribbled no less than 2500 times and using (or rather losing) more than 12 marker pens.

And if that's not enough the team's merchandise personnel will walk over 6 kilometres per day in the store, working overtime, serving over 1500 customers, at an average of 136 per hour.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers Richard Lyons , Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Allan Simonsen