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TeamVodafone blessed ahead of Clipsal

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Tuesday 9th March, 2010 - 6:53pm

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Jesus for Bathurst? Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup with Father Dean Marin at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral

Jesus for Bathurst? Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup with Father Dean Marin at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral

TeamVodafone has been officially blessed ahead of this weekend’s Clipsal 500 in Adelaide – the town known as the ‘City of Churches.’

Championship leaders TeamVodafone and its drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes visited the plaza next to St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral where Catholic priest Father Dean Marin blessed Whincup’s Holden Commodore.

But why does the most successful team and driver in recent memory need ‘help from above’ at the famous street circuit?

They don’t – they seem to do a good enough job on their own – but the champion team were there to talk to those present about road safety.

“It is good to come here to the City of Churches and have our new Holden blessed and highlight that road safety is important, both on and off the racetrack,” Whincup said.

With his good deed done, how does Whincup think his new Commodore will handle the bumps of the Adelaide circuit?

“I am looking forward to another big weekend at the Clipsal 500,” he said.

“It is going to be a totally different experience to previous years as we have four races under our belt and it will be the first time we race our new Holden Commodores on home soil.

“There is a lot of speculation about the how the cars will go on a traditional bumpy street circuit but I can’t wait to work with my team-mate, Craig Lowndes, to get the cars up to speed as soon as possible.”

Whincup’s clean sweep in the Middle East sees him currently leading the 2010 V8 Supercars Championship Series with 600 points.

The Clipsal 500 is the third event of the series and features two 250km legs across Saturday and Sunday.

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