TeamVodafone momentum continues with Lowndes taking Winton double TeamVodafone has won its sixth consecutive round of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series with Craig Lowndes comfortably winning his second race of the weekend at Winton ...
TeamVodafone momentum continues with Lowndes taking Winton double
TeamVodafone has won its sixth consecutive round of the 2009 V8 Supercar Championship Series with Craig Lowndes comfortably winning his second race of the weekend at Winton Motor Raceway today.
While teammate Jamie Whincup took pole position for the 200km race, Lowndes, who started from the second row of the grid got an early edge, electing to start the race on his used soft compound tyres from yesterday.
A safety car on Lap 20 of the race saw the team call both cars in for their compulsory pitstop. Lowndes was the first car in and was able to exit his pit bay ahead of rival Mark Winterbottom but Whincup was forced to wait in the queue, losing a substantial amount of time and positions.
A jubilant Lowndes who has jumped eleven places in the championship order following his clean sweep of the weekends races acknowledged it was nice to be back in the winner's circle and for the team to start understanding the strategies that will evolve with the soft tyre option.
"We had good speed all day today but the last 15 laps the tyres had definitely gone off and there was not a lot of rear bar left either," Lowndes explained.
"The pitstop congestion was certainly chaotic and I feel disappointed for Jamie who clearly had a quick car but was caught up in the safety car queue."
"The soft tyre brings in a new variable, particularly in relation to closing speed. I would be keen to see the tyre used as our permanent tyre as it gives great grip, particularly mid corner and drivers are clearly gaining a lot of confidence from it."
"Today feels like payday, it is nice to be back," he concluded.
It was the other end of the scale for Whincup who came through from 28th to 13th battling with a mixture of soft and normal tyre competitors mid fleet.
"That was the worst race I have done for a long time," said a bitterly disappointed Whincup.
"It has upset our momentum and has cost me some valuable points. Thankfully there is still a long way to go in this championship."
"On a positive note the team seem to have a better handle on strategy with these sprint races that have the soft tyre option," he added.
The next event on the V8 Superar calendar will see the teams head to Tasmania's Symmons Plains Raceway for the Falken Tasmania Challenge May 29 - 31.