This weekend’s Sydney Telstra 500 marks the final event of the 2011 V8 Supercar season. The title is still up for grabs between Team Vodafone teammates Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.
Whincup enters the race with the advantage over Lowndsey, but the 888 Racing duo has never had much good luck around the challenging street circuit around Sydney Olympic Park. Last year the top three contenders in the championship were running nose to tail when the rain began to pour in Sydney, and all three crashed at the same time, in the same corner, from the same overcooked-it-on-slicks mistake. One of those drivers was Jamie Whincup, and the advantage going into that round was Dick Johnson Racing’s James Courtney who ended up taking the title in his battered Falcon. Lowndes also had an incident in that fateful race for the second consecutive year. Both Vodafone boys are hoping for better luck in Homebush this time round.
Either man can take the title by the end of Sunday’s second 250 kilometer sprint race, and the gorgeous Sydney street circuit always pans out to be an exciting weekend of the world’s top touring car series. Watch this space for updates as the weekend progresses.
On a side note: all month long the V8 Supercar circus has been supporting Movember, the growing of cheesy mustaches in honor of Breast Cancer awareness and research. This photo of DJR’s Steven Johnson makes him look more like a redneck American at a tractor pull (I speak from experience; I love tractor pulling) than a proper Aussie racing driver.
What really takes the cake, though, are the facial accessorizing done by Craig Lowndes and Ford Performance Racing’s Will Davison. I couldn’t find any good photos of them for this article, but if you get a chance, please go watch any video clip either man has appeared in this past month. Now those are some mustaches that must be seen to be believed! Seriously, both drivers are sporting some wicked ’70s porn-’staches. And if you think they aren’t overt porn-’staches then I don’t know what is! These two men have always been rather cute (to me at least), but damn… Turn OFF! (and I’m a bearded man myself, so that’s sayin’ something!)