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Vodafone secures Abu Dhabi 1-2

Jamie Whincup leads a Team Vodafone 1-2 as champions enjoy winning start to the V8 Supercar season in Abu Dhabi
Team Vodafone has enjoyed a winning start to its time as a Holden team with a 1-2 finish in the opening round of the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship season in Abu Dhabi.

Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes produced a dominating performance to lead the way for the Triple Eight run team, with Whincup taking the opening win of the season having started the Yas Marina race from pole position.

Whincup lost the lead at the start to Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom, but battled back into the lead and remained out front to lead team-mate Whincup to the flag.

“It is an amazing result,” Whincup said. “To debut a new car on a new circuit, qualify on pole and get a one-two will be a day both the team and I will remember for a long time.

“There was a huge question mark over the cars heading into this event but we have come out strong and you can't ask for anymore. That is as good as it gets today.

“I admit I was still having doubts halfway through the race. The car was still an unknown and the tyres were an unknown. In the end my car was a little bit stronger than Craig's on the closing laps of the race.”

Lowndes had been forced to start the race from tenth place after spinning in the top-ten shootout but battled through the field on a different pit strategy to his team-mate to finish second with Winterbottom the leading Ford driver in third – despite picking up a penalty for a start-line infringement. James Courtney, Lee Holdsworth and Shane van Gisbergen rounded out the top six.

While Vodafone enjoyed the perfect start to the year, the season opener proved to be a disaster for rivals Toll HRT, with Garth Tander demoted to the rear of the field after qualifying and then managing just 26th place after being involved in an incident that damaged his car and team-mate Will Davison suffering engine troubles that forced him out.



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Rob Shillito

February 19, 2010 9:55 PM

888 Race Engineering are truly the best at what they do in touring car series, BTCC they dominated, they go to Australia and within 2 seasons won their first title with Whincup and then a 2nd then switch cars and beat the main factory team, hats off to them they are brilliant.



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