Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Team Vodafone Hopes to Defy Home Track Trend

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Team Vodafone Hopes to Defy Home Track Trend

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TeamVodafone are determined to defy the odds against home teams at this weekend's Coates Hire Ipswich 300 and drivers Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have a number of factors weighing in their favour.

Craig Lowndes is set to be the favourite this weekend boasting six wins on the 'home' track, more than any other driver to date. The #888 pilot also produced a clean sweep back in 2000, being one of only three drivers ever to do so at the Ipswich-based track.

"I'm actually really excited as Queensland Raceway is our test track and we know it inside and out," Lowndes said.

"This weekend will be an all soft tyre round which we hope will work in our favour but knowing how hard to push the tyres at Queensland Raceway will ultimately be the test.

"We have to continue the momentum we have shown in the first half of the season and this being the last sprint round before we get into long distance, it's a great opportunity to maximise our points before the pointy end of the series. …

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