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More V8 Supercar Success for SACHS
Posted by: newsla on May 19, 2014 - 05:11 PM
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More V8 Supercar Success for SACHS


SACHS brand ambassador Craig Lowndes has returned to the top step of the V8 Supercar podium, with a top outing at Barbagallo Raceway's Perth 400 event.

 

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After finishing in sixth position in the opening encounter, Lowndes won the second 100km long race of the weekend from the pole position, with a further pole for Sunday's 200km race converted to second place on the podium.

The victory was the 97th of his illustrious career, taking his Barbagallo Raceway tally to 15 successes, a new record for any driver at a single venue.

Lowndes's Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore VF is fitted with SACHS Formula Matrix dampers, and a SACHS carbon racing clutch.

"I'm delighted that the team managed to secure the podium finishes this weekend," said Craig Lowndes.

"It gives the whole team a boost of confidence after a tough couple of rounds and it's encouraging for the boys in the workshop as we look forward to Darwin.

"After qualifying (on Saturday) we made the usual changes to make the tyres live in the opening race but didn't go far enough, and we ran out of tyres. I had a strong car but ended up chewing up the tyres.

"We made much bigger changes for race two and the car was much better, the tyres lived and we got a great result."

The V8 Supercar Championship continues at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway from June 20-22.

On the international motorsport scene, products from SACHS' parent company ZF have continued to taste success at the highest levels.

In the World Rally Championship, ZF clutches and dampers have been behind the success of the Volkswagen Polo R WRC, which has claimed five from five events to date this season.

On the Rally Argentina, Jari-Matti Latvala led home team mate Sebastien Ogier by a little under one and a half minutes.

Meanwhile in Formula 1, ZF dampers are fitted to the Ferraris while ZF clutches are found in the Lotus-Renaults, with both manufacturers showing improved form as the European portion of the season kicks off.

At the recent Grand Prix of Spain, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean all finished in points paying positions.

After two rounds of the World Endurance Championship, ZF equipped cars have swept both podiums, with the Spa-Francorchamps round seeing the ZF components finish in positions one through six with manufacturers Toyota, Audi and Porsche.

A surprise packet in early running has been the all-new Porsche 919, with one of the entries being driven by Australian Mark Webber.

ZF Race Engineering components are also found in all cars competing in the DTM, Japanese Super GT, the nine different Porsche Carrera Cups run worldwide and the VW Scirocco Cup, with components also supplied to teams racing in the World Touring Car Championship, Formula 3, as well as various other sports car, open wheel and off road categories.

Locally, all SACHS and ZF produced road car components are available through ZF Services Australia.

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