Team Vodafone has announced that it will bring forward the debut of its final BF Falcon to the next round of the V8 Supercar Championship season at Barbagallo Raceway.

The team had originally planned to debut chassis 14 at Sandown, but has now put hundreds of extra man hours in to ensure the car is ready for the Perth event as it attempts to get its season back on track.

The team had an early morning 20-lap shakedown of the brand new chassis at Queensland Raceway, taking advantage of the rules which allow a new car to effectively be bedded in before a round, and Jamie Whincup paid tribute to the team for completing the work to get him out on track.

"After coming back from New Zealand with a destroyed car in a little under two weeks the guys have finished off a brand new chassis which we successfully shook down this morning," he said. "Of course all cars feel a little different but at the same time the new car felt very tight in the steering and brakes and we proved that the pace should be fine.

"I am looking forward to working with chassis 14 and hopefully I can generate the same amount of trust that I had with chassis twelve."

Heading into the previous round at Hamilton in New Zealand, Whincup was a clear point's leader with a buffer of over 100 points to his nearest rival. However, a qualifying accident involving Todd Kelly saw Whincup forced to sit out the weekend and the resultant no-score dropped him to fifth in the championship standings.

Team-mate Craig Lowndes meanwhile will be focused on improving his point's position after a difficult outing in New Zealand, and he said he was confident of getting the job done at Barbagallo.

"It is important to qualify well at Barbagallo, it is a shorter track that always produces very close qualifying results," he explained. "The track is quite technical and is hard on tyres, so it is critical to get a well balanced car.

"We will be looking to turn our championship around this weekend and get back on track."

 

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