Symmons Plains: TeamVodafone preview

TeamVodafone predict tyres to factor in Tasmania TeamVodafone has predicted a dramatic change in the face of a typical Tasmanian race weekend, with Symmons Plains switching from an all-out sprint to a strategy-based showdown.The event will feature ...

Symmons Plains: TeamVodafone preview

TeamVodafone predict tyres to factor in Tasmania

TeamVodafone has predicted a dramatic change in the face of a typical Tasmanian race weekend, with Symmons Plains switching from an all-out sprint to a strategy-based showdown.The event will feature two longer races, 100km on Saturday and 200km on Sunday, while bringing the soft option tyre into play.Coming off six consecutive race wins, the Brisbane-based team has enjoyed a dominant start to its championship defence.Jamie Whincup took four from four as the season began, and Craig Lowndes completed a clean sweep at Winton.Lowndes will debut chassis 20 at Symmons Plains following a successful shakedown last Friday.

"We took the new car for a shakedown on Friday and it was unbelievably good straight up," said Lowndes. "As a team we really got a handle on this track last year and there is no reason that some of that knowledge won't transfer to the new model FG.

"I am confident we can keep the momentum going with chassis 20."Lowndes said tyre management would be the key to success. "The new soft compound set of tyres will play a huge role as we saw in Winton but the difference here is we won't have a set to practice with so we won't know until we put them on how they will respond on this particular track."

Lowndes is placed seventh on the standings, with 501 points.Championship leader Jamie Whincup is eyeing another strong result at the 2.4km circuit.He recorded championship-defining wins in 2007 and 2008 and said he was looking forward to the challenge of longer races.

"We head to Symmons Plains with good confidence after winning here for the past two years, it's the first real high speed track of the year and we've been working hard to set up the car accordingly," said Whincup."We don't have the luxury of running the new tyre in practice, so it will be interesting to see how it goes in the race.

"I'm heading into the event all fired up, ready to erase the disappointing result at Winton."

Whincup holds a steady command of the series with 804 points, 114 clear of second place.

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