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Skaife added to TeamVodafone line-up
2 February 2010
Mark Skaife, five-time winner of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship and five times Bathurst 1000 winner, will pair with former team-mate and TeamVodafone driver, Craig Lowndes, for the 2010 Enduro season.
Skaife and Lowndes were team-mates for three years from 1998 to 2000 and won the Queensland 500 Endurance race in 2000.
“I'm really looking forward to joining TeamVodafone for the endurance events,” Skaife said. “They are the benchmark team in V8 Supercar racing and their change to Holden provides a great opportunity for me to be in an ultra-competitive outfit for Australia's biggest races.
“The other great aspect is co-driving with my former teammate Craig Lowndes. He has always been my strongest competitor and rival, so to 'join forces' is a very special opportunity. We'll both be putting 100 per cent effort into winning another Bathurst title.”
“It is exciting to be pairing up with Mark again after 10 years,” added Lowndes. “He has a lot to contribute in a driving sense and I know his feel for the car, his seat position and the way he likes the car set-up is very similar to mine. His technical input and especially his mental approach will definitely suit our team.”
Meanwhile, former Development Series champion Steve Owen has been announced by TeamVodafone as reigning V8 Supercar champion, Jamie Whincup's endurance race co-driver.
The #1 plate holder for the second year running, Whincup said he was very excited about the prospect of the season ahead and teaming up with former Fujitsu series winner Owen at the endurance events.
“I raced go-karts and Formula Ford with Steve Owen and I have always rated his ability. He was my first choice and I am glad Roland did the deal,” Whincup continued.
“I now look forward to working with Steve to give him the opportunity to perform at his best. He plays an important role in my championship defence and our partnership should give him the opportunity to show his skills.”
Team boss, Roland Dane, is delighted to have secured the services of Skaife and Owen: “Today we are very pleased to confirm our endurance line-up for 2010 and announce the re-formation of the famous Lowndes and Skaife partnership. With a total of nine Bathurst wins between them, Craig and Mark will make a formidable team for the enduro races this season.
“Equally, Jamie and Steve will undoubtedly make a great team with speed and maturity being a hallmark of both these guys in recent seasons,” he concluded.