TeamVodafone's Holden Commodores take to the track for inagural test TeamVodafone's highly anticipated Holden Commodore VE V8 Supercars made their on track debut yesterday, taking to Queensland Raceway for their first official test run ahead ...
TeamVodafone's Holden Commodores take to the track for inagural test
TeamVodafone's highly anticipated Holden Commodore VE V8 Supercars made their on track debut yesterday, taking to Queensland Raceway for their first official test run ahead of next weekend's off shore season opener at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina circuit.
The day marked another huge milestone for Brisbane-based Triple Eight Race Engineering, who only began building their first Commodore race car in November. In just eight weeks the outfit designed and built three VE Commodores with the collective skills of 30 people and over 3000 man hours attributed to each vehicle.
The Commodore's of reigning V8 Supercar Champion, Jamie Whincup and teammate Craig Lowndes were joined at the track by the third Holden chassis built by Triple Eight for Super Cheap Auto Racing's Russell Ingall.
The TeamVodafone duo of Whincup and Lowndes made steady progress throughout the morning, completing over 100 laps without issue. With the afternoon sessions interrupted by rain the team was unable to fully complete their test program and have scheduled another test day for later this week.
Acknowledging his final time was not indicative of the cars true potential Car #1 pilot Jamie Whincup said he was feeling positive after his first hit out in the Commodore.
"I'm feeling good and it's a whole new motivation trying to get the Holden up to speed," said Whincup.
"The challenge in making the car competitive is one that's keeping us going at the moment; it's one that's going to make us strong. If we were here doing the same thing as last year, there wouldn't be anywhere near the morale within the team.
"It's a new challenge, it's exciting. We're not at the end of the road yet, we've got a lot of work to do, but fingers crossed we're on track,"he added.
Teammate Craig Lowndes said while the weather conditions weren't ideal the team had come away with a better understanding of how the car responds.
"Today's wet conditions weren't exactly the right warm-up for the hot and dry conditions at Abu Dhabi and Bahrain over the next couple of weeks, but we got to run through some set-ups with the car," Lowndes said.
"It seems to be responding well and not too different in some areas to the Falcon. The one notable difference is that the Holden feels a lot more stable at the back.
"We weren't the quickest in testing, but we've not really had the chance to put our best foot forward either, so I am looking forward to getting back out here on Friday, hopefully with no rain interruptions," he concluded.
TeamVodafone will return to Queensland Raceway for a final test on Friday before their Holden Commodores are prepped and packed for Sunday's airlift to the Middle East.