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TeamVodafone quinella Round 5 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series TeamVodafone drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have quinelled the first ever V8 Supercar race to feature the Dunlop 'Sprint' tyres, and incredibly done so on two ...

TeamVodafone quinella Round 5 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series

TeamVodafone drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have quinelled the first ever V8 Supercar race to feature the Dunlop 'Sprint' tyres, and incredibly done so on two completely different race strategies.

Lowndes, who qualified third at Victoria's Winton Motor Raceway ahead of teammate Whincup, elected to start on the traditional control tyres and switch to the softer compound tyres on Lap 15. After a safety car on Lap 20 of the race bunched the field ,Lowndes took little time in manoeuvring his way past the frontrunners to take control of the race.

Today's win elevates Lowndes back up to tenth in the championship standings and the TeamVodafone driver admitted he was relieved to have shaken off the misfortune of Hamilton.

"It was a fantastic result today and exactly what I needed to get my championship back on track," Lowndes said.

"We ran two completely different strategies and I definitely had the better option, I had much better tyre life at the end of the race. The 'Sprint' tyre lived up to its expectations, providing great lap times for a short period of time.

"While it did spice things up today I am still looking forward to tomorrows longer race," Lowndes acknowledged.

It was do or die for teammate and reigning V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup who had the most radical strategy of all. Starting on the softer compound tyres Whincup stormed to the front of the field then pit for fuel on the opening lap."

Whincup ran the entire 33 laps of the race on his 'Sprint' set of tyres and after battleing with Michael Caruso for a number of laps managed to hold off a charge by Steven Richards to finished second behind Lowndes.

"What an awesome result for the team," Whincup said. "Craig qualified in front of me and had the better option with strategy but it was great to see what would happen over two very different scenarios."

"I took a gamble pitting on Lap 1 and I was praying for no safety car, but it did come towards the end. I had luck on my side though with some of the cars that were coming through the field being turned around."

"At the end of the rac ethe rear tyres were gone but thankfully the fronts were still ok which gave me the chance to hold Richo (Steven Richards) out," he said.

Tomorrow on track action will see the V8 Supercars qualfiy at 10.35am for the sixth round of the series which will get underway at 1.05pm.

-credit: tv

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Michael Caruso , Steven Richards