TeamVodafone duo grace Winton Podium. TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup's have finished the opening 100km V8 Supercar race at Winton Motor Raceway second and third respectively. In what was an extremely successful day for the...
TeamVodafone duo grace Winton Podium.
TeamVodafone's Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup's have finished the opening 100km V8 Supercar race at Winton Motor Raceway second and third respectively.
In what was an extremely successful day for the team, the top four finishers were all driving Triple Eight Race Engineering designed and built chassis's, albeit from two different Marques. Lowndes qualified fifth and made a reasonable start to the 40-lap race. He went with a different strategy to that of his teammate and opted to pit 7 laps later than the race leaders. The TeamVodafone driver provided most of the on track entertainment in the second half of the race, meticulously steering his Commodore past nine cars on his way to finishing second.
"I had a bit of luck off the start and managed to avoid any major contact," Lowndes explained. "The car balance wasn't ideal so we made a rear roll centre adjustment during the pitstop and it transformed the car.
"After the stop I had better tyres and car speed than those in front of me but I had to be patient in passing them."
I made my way up to second and pushed hard to close the gap to James but ran out of tyre life and laps. I am looking forward to seeing what speed we have for qualifying tomorrow," Lowndes said.
Teammate Jamie Whincup was quickest in qualifying but didn't quite get the lap he hoped for in the Top Ten Shootout and started the race next to Lowndes from grid position six.
The championship leader was happy with his third placing but acknowledged the car setup didn't quite look after its tyres as well as it should have. "I made a great start but then got a touch from Richo," Whincup said. "Thankfully I held onto it and worked my way up to third before the pitstops.
"I feel like we over achieved with the tools we had today. We had no answer for James or Craig today so third is a good result.
"Our main priority tonight is to try and get the car to go faster. We have good data from Craig, so we will have a look and see where we can improve tyre life," he added.
Tomorrow's on-track V8 Supercar action starts with qualifying at 10:15 followed by Race 1 at 1:05pm.