The highs and lows of motorsport In what began as an optimistic day for TeamVodafone, ended in disappointment after Jamie Whincup lost 13 laps due to a rear hydraulic brake-line failure and team-mate Craig Lowndes failed to complete the 72 lap...
The highs and lows of motorsport
In what began as an optimistic day for TeamVodafone, ended in disappointment after Jamie Whincup lost 13 laps due to a rear hydraulic brake-line failure and team-mate Craig Lowndes failed to complete the 72 lap race as a result of substantial front end damage.
The drivers celebrated a successful morning in Townsville after coming first and second respectively in Qualifying, however the race saw a back-flip in results with Whincup finishing 24th and Lowndes 25th. Whincup was leading the Race 16 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series before the incident, which cost him almost 15 minutes in the race.
"It's one of those things you can't be prepared for. I don't believe in bad luck but that's what it felt like," Whincup stated.
"It was devastating. The team have worked so hard and the car was almost perfect. We certainly had control of the car when it came to pace.
"It has really spoiled our day and we've got some ground to make up in the Championship," he said.
Team-mate Lowndes was disillusioned by the DNF as he was not able to contribute to his Championship Points. "The team did great work to get the car up and running this morning, and qualifying second was definitely a bounce back from yesterday," Lowndes admitted.
"I got a really good start but I fell back to third. I was following Garth Tander and having a good run and our pit stop went to plan. But unfortunately Tander stopped in the middle of Turn 11 and I had a collision with James Courtney.
"We put a hole in the radiator and there's a time frame we have to fix things in and, regrettably, we couldn't," he continued.
TeamVodafone will head back to Brisbane to prepare for the L&H 500 Phillip Island, which will be held on September 12 -- 19.