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TeamVodafone wrap up comprehensive enduro test

TeamVodafone endurance specialists Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have wrapped up an intensive on-track testing programme in preparation for next week's L&H 500 at Phillip Island and are quietly confident of continuing their run of successful results.

The duo were joined earlier this week at Queensland Raceway by their European counterparts, Allan Simonsen and James Thompson, who benefited from another productive shakedown.

As well as ensuring all componentry, parts and accessories were fully tested ahead of next weekend's event, the four team-mates took the opportunity to try on their new enduro-spec race-suits, featuring Vodafone's rocket red where the suits were traditionally white.

Carrying the event logo, the suits will be auctioned off online at www.teamvodafone.com immediately following the event to raise money for charities supported by the Vodafone Foundation.

Hopes of continued success are high within the Brisbane-based team, which has finished on the podium in the past eight consecutive endurance races.

Lowndes and Whincup amassed the most points for the Phillip Island weekend last year after strong combined performances in the Saturday sprint races and a solid second place in Sunday's 500km race.

On an individual level, Whincup matches the team's endurance podium record having finished on the podium at Sandown and Bathurst in 2005.

On 2009 form, the duo will be tough to beat at the 4.45km circuit. TeamVodafone have had at least one driver on the podium in 15 of the 16 races contested to date.

Lowndes said the opportunity to hit the track at Queensland Raceway and focus solely on endurance setup and strategy had proved valuable.


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