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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Introduction

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The dawn of a new V8 Supercars season always brings with it a new set of questions just begging to be answered. At the top end of town, it was a relatively quiet off-season, with all eight of last year’s race winners returning with the same team and sponsor packages that they enjoyed in 2011. Of those to switch teams, the most attention will no doubt be on Lee Holdsworth, who moves to Stone Brothers Racing’s IRWIN-backed Ford after six seasons at Garry Rogers Motorsport. Holdsworth is a previous podium finisher at the Clipsal 500, and heads to Adelaide with three test days at three different circuits (Morgan Park, Sandown and Queensland Raceway) under his belt. How competitively the Holdsworth/SBR combination can come out of the blocks in Adelaide will be something to look out for. The new relationships forged within the #4 team will be well and truly put to the test on Friday, where the teams face four 30 minute practice sessions, a 20 minute qualifying and, potentially, a top 10 shootout as well. Outside of the Saturday format to be used at Sandown in September, it’ll be the busiest day of the season, and one where organisation and clear communication are paramount. The fortunes of new Ford Performance Racing recruit David Reynolds and Garry Rogers Motorsport’s French import Alexandre Premat will also be of particular interest. Reynolds has the potential to be at the front from the get go, while Premat will need to keep his own expectations in check as he learns the car and the circuit. The biggest question of all, of course, asks if anyone can stand up and challenge TeamVodafone across the season. Garth Tander has run toe-to-toe with Jamie Whincup in Adelaide in recent years, but the Toll Holden Racing Team has continually failed to produce the track-to-track consistency needed to contend for the title. Ford Performance Racing, Kelly Racing, Stone Brothers Racing and Brad Jones Racing also won races in 2011, and while the factory Ford team isn’t openly talking up its chances this year, the addition of Reynolds to the squad could well be the final push that the #5 and #6 teams need in order to start winning on a consistent basis. While not all of the year’s questions will be answered this weekend, Whincup’s three titles have all come after completely dominating the opening event. A victory for the TeamVodafone driver on Sunday would be an ominous sign to say the least.

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Season Preview Feature

The Co John Bowe knows what it takes to run at the front of the V8 Supercars field. The 1995 Australian Touring Car Championship and current Touring Car Masters driver has one of the best ‘racing brains’ in Australia. Who better, then, to analyse the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship contenders? Speedcafe.com news editor Grant Rowley spoke with Bowe about the six drivers who he believes will contend for this year’s championship.

Jamie Whincup JB says: “Jamie can be beaten in 2012, but it will take an amazing effort from the driver and team that does. When you have the sort of success that Jamie has had, it breeds more confidence. It would be a brave man to bet against him this year. Logic tells me that Jamie will be this year’s champion. It will take a special effort from someone to beat this combination.”

Craig Lowndes JB says: “Craig has proven he can still win. He is an awesome driver. If the marbles roll his way, he will do it. He’s a fearsome racer, a terrific guy, but it will require an element of luck for Craig to win the championship. Always, in a long championship like this, there’s some degree of luck, and in the last few years, Craig hasn’t had that. I really think Craig can win – he is certainly capable.”

Mark Winterbottom JB says: “He is successful, very talented, and personally, I’d like to see him win it. I like


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ontenders Mark. He is a very ‘normal’ human being and he deserves to win the V8 Supercars Championship. Mark was placed under some pressure by his team-mate Will Davison last year, but I think he handled that very well. And if you want to have a nice summer holiday, you go and win the last race of the year, which Mark achieved. Unfortunately, he went and broke his leg, but from all reports, he has recovered and will be as strong as ever.”

Garth Tander JB says: “Garth Tander is in this list because he is driving for the iconic Holden Racing Team and he gets results sometimes when the machinery doesn’t allow it. It’s as simple as that. He will always graft out a result, and that’s why he is a champion of the sport. Garth’s chances of winning this year’s championship will depend on how much the Holden Racing Team has lifted its game. I was very impressed with the speed they showed at the end

of last year, and I think everyone there is refocused. There was a time when they were an arrogant bunch of people, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore ...”

Will Davison JB says: “Will has a very fast team-mate (Mark Winterbottom), and he’ll need to match him to have a genuine chance. Will is massively dedicated to being the best racing car driver he can, and I see that as a bonus for the team – like Triple Eight. The one thing that both these teams have going for them is that not every team has this luxury of two great drivers.” James Courtney JB says: “I wouldn’t rule James Courtney out of championship contention. He has won a championship before. He knows how to do it and he knows what it takes. One of James’ key strengths is that he won’t wilt under pressure. He had his troubles at the start of last year, but it was always going to be a big call to go to

‘Garth Tander’s Team.’ He went from a car that had very different characteristics. He’s had a year, he understands it all, and above all else, he is gifted.”


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Under Pressure While John Bowe has seen the heights of success, he has also seen the lows, and he knows what pressure can do to race drivers. This year’s V8 Supercars Championship will see a number of drivers that simply need to perform. According to Bowe, the six drivers listed below are all capable of winning races – maybe even the championship – but for a number of different reasons, they will be under the microscope from the start of the season... Shane van Gisbergen JB says: “For Shane, I don’t know if he can win the title yet. He’s obviously very impressive. Shane is a fantastic driver, but he has a new fast team-mate (Lee Holdsworth) and, you can’t forget Tim Slade who is still on the rise. Shane has been fast, but it is very different when you have your team-mates breathing down your neck. He will be tested this year.”

become harder for him to distance himself from that enough. I’d expect we’ll see similar results from Todd this year – a few standouts but not always near the front.”

Lee Holdsworth JB says: “I’ve always been a fan of Lee. I think if Lee can gets on top of how the car operates and how the team operates quickly, he will put van Gisbergen under intense pressure. Lee is one of the most uncomplicated blokes in pit lane. He is a really good hard racer with lots of talent. He is one of my favourites. If I was going to have a V8 Supercars team and hire someone, he would be first on my list. I’m expecting really good things from him, but having said that, he has changed teams, which is like getting a new wife. It takes some time to get to know what they like!” Todd Kelly JB says: “Todd’s results in the past few years do not reflect what we know he can do. He is only young still, but I think he will have his work cut out for him – running his own team, being a factory team and all the things that come with that. He has a good bunch of people around him, but it’s a big business now. Kelly Racing has a manufacturer involved, and it is going to

Steven Johnson JB says: “Steve grew up around me. He is like a little brother to me and his natural gift to drive a race car is equal to anybody out there. The issue that will present itself this year for Steve and DJR is the expanded team. Running four cars is difficult, and I feel that his results will be a reflection on how well they run their team. Four cars can be done, but it is difficult. DJR is a family team and Steve is very close to it all – he is close to his mum and dad. I think it’s great that these kind of relationships still exist in the sport, but that itself won’t get them results.”


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Michael Caruso JB says: “From the outside, I was a little disappointed with Michael’s performances last year. I understand that they were running a development chassis, which played its part in his results. All Michael needs to do this year is worry about himself and his own performance. Yes, he’s now the most experienced driver in the team, and yes that comes with some pressure, but at the end of the day, it means nothing. All he has do is go fast. If he goes fast, everyone is happy. If he doesn’t go fast, no one is happy. It’s that simple.” Alexandre Premat JB says: “Garry Rogers is a ‘free wheeler’. He does things which are unconventional, and god bless him for doing so. Alex won’t make a massive impact, but if he does, he is more talented than what we already know. The big advantage for Alex will be that when Car of the Future comes in, he’ll

be right in the box seat. The new car will resemble what he has driven in the past.” Russell Ingall JB says: “I think Russell will surprise people this year. He won’t win the championship, but most people have written him off. Russell is a terrific racer – he’s never been a good qualifier, so that does handicap him, but he is now in a team that is strategically very good. The Walkinshaw guys will be able to pull things out that will make him a surprise. My bet is that he won’t want to retire at the end of this year, because he’ll have half a reasonable year.”

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Circuit Info

Adelaide Parklands Street Circuit

Circuit Details:

V8 Supercar Qualifying Record:

Location: Adelaide Parklands, SA Length: 3.22-kilometres Direction: Clockwise Average speed: 146km/hr Maximum speed: 251km/hr Fastest Point: Peter Brock Straight Slowest Point: Turn 9, end of Brabham Straight

Garth Tander, Holden Commodore VE 1m20.9560s, 2010

Circuit Description: The former Formula One venue is renowned for being one of the best street circuits in the world. Shortened from its Grand Prix length by 700 metres, the circuit is very busy from inside the cockpit and, apart from the run down the back straight, gives rivers very few opportunities to relax. The circuit featured major resurfacing work for 2009 as well as new pit lane facilities. The Clipsal 500 Adelaide was first held in 1999 (under the name Sensational Adelaide 500), while the GP-length circuit hosted an American Le Mans Series race on New Years’ Eve in 2000.

V8 Supercar Race Lap Record:

James Courtney, Ford Falcon FG, 1m21.9502s, 2010

Event Format Friday: Practice will comprise of four 30 minutes practice sessions. These are followed by a 20-minute qualifying session and a Top Ten Shootout to decide the grid for Saturday’s first race. Saturday: A 20-minute warm-up in the morning prior to the first 250km race of the weekend in the afternoon. Sunday: A single 20-minute qualifying session determines the grid for the afternoon’s second 250km race of the weekend.

Tyre Format A total of 24 hard compound tyres will be supplied to each entry this weekend. Teams may also bring four pre-marked tyres per entry to use in Friday practice and Saturday’s morning warm-up sessions.

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Tech Preview

TECH PREVIEW with

CAMPBELL LITTLE

Ford Performance Racing Technical Director Campbell Little explains what to look out for across the 2012 Clipsal 500 weekend. Fuel Strategy Adelaide is a really tight event on fuel, as making it home on just two stops requires Safety Car interventions. Something we saw on multiple occasions last year was the Safety Car appearing around the edge of the fuel window, and for whatever reason being held out long enough to give those who stopped early a ‘get out of jail free card’.

Tyres Adelaide has traditionally been one of the easiest tracks on tyres. Last year we saw Jamie Whincup enjoy positive degradation on Saturday - he just kept getting faster as the stints went on.

It’ll be interesting to see what it’s like this year, because the So if the Safety Car appears five laps out of your fuel window, hard tyre has gone through a materials change and a mould change since last year’s Adelaide event. Generally that led predicting how long it’ll be out for is critical. We had a particularly long Safety Car here on Saturday last year, as well to higher degradation than we’d seen in the past, even at Bathurst. as similar instances in Abu Dhabi at Homebush. You have to take those sorts of precedents into account when you’re We’ll have 24 new tyres to use from Friday qualifying making your strategy. onwards, and three sets per race is certainly what we need as a minimum. Last year they gave us two green sets to The fuel trim function (which allows for four different fuel mixture modes to be selected from and adjust midrace) will practice on, which we don’t get this year, so the times in return again this year. It took a little while for everyone to get those opening sessions will have less relevance than ever this time around! their heads around it last year.


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Congestion Congestion is a big issue in Adelaide, both in qualifying and in the pitlane. The 20 minute qualifying sessions are obviously crucial, and we saw a fair bit of craziness last year. Later in the season the drivers seemed to get a lot better at keeping up a reasonable pace on their first out lap, so at least the lead guys didn’t run into the tail of the field on their first hot laps. Hopefully that’ll carry into the new season. We can all have up to three green tyre runs in the 20 minute qualifying sessions, but there’s not time to do many laps on each set, so traffic will play a big part, no doubt. The pitlane in Adelaide is fairly short, which works well in qualifying in terms of minimising time in the pits, but then hurts in the race. Pitlane congestion is a big issue, especially considering the small fuel windows. It always makes for some interesting exits.

Car strength Adelaide and Bathurst have traditionally been the hardest two tracks in the series in terms of loadings on the car. With the way they changed the kerbs last year, you can now add Homebush into that mix as well. Last year in Adelaide we saw a lot of bent dampers, simply due to the high damper speeds seen across the kerbs. It’ll be interesting to see how they treat the exit of Turn 7 this year, in terms of going over the kerbing to get as good a run down the straight as you can. All through the top end of the circuit you’re straddling the exit kerbs and coming off the back of the kerbs with the wheels spinning, which can damage the driveshafts. Most teams have the rear end of their cars strong enough to deal with it, but Homebush did see some damage from the Watts linkages actually smacking the ground. The street circuit are really tough on the cars.


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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Did you know

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Jamie Whincup will begin his campaign for a fourth V8 Supercars Championship title on a circuit where his record is unbelievably good. Whincup is the only four-time Clipsal 500 winner. He has taken six individual race wins in Adelaide from just 16 starts, and has not qualified off the front row since 2006. Since his first appearance with Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2006, Whincup has finished in the top five in every single race in Adelaide bar one (Race 2 in 2010, where he was given a late black flag for lose bodywork and finished 18th).

Triple Eight Race Engineering and Walkinshaw Racing have dominated the Clipsal 500 in the recent past. The two organisations have won every single race at the Clipsal 500 since 2006. Triple Eight have seven wins to Walkinshaw Racing’s five – which were achieved by both the Holden Racing Team and the HSV Dealer Team. The last team to win at the Clipsal 500 other than these two remains Stone Brothers Racing in 2005.


Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Did you know

The first pole position for Ford in the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship will be a special milestone in the company’s history in the topline of racing in this country. Ford has 199 pole positions in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/ V8 Supercars Championship and thus the next pole – which could happen at the Clipsal 500 - will take them to 200. Holden currently leads the way with 219 poles, while Nissan is third on 23.

Two drivers will debut brand new racecars at the Clipsal 500, which are expected to be the last current generation cars built before the introduction of Car of the Future specifications in 2013. Lucky 7 Racing’s Tim Slade will debut a brand new Falcon FG, his firstever brand new V8 Supercar as he begins his fourth season in the V8 Supercars Championship and third driving for Stone Brothers Racing. Tekno Autosport’s Jonathon Webb will debut a brand new Triple Eightbuilt Commodore that was sourced from Paul Morris Motorsports but has yet to compete in a race. The Clipsal 500 will be Webb’s first race in a Holden after spending his entire V8 Supercar career – in both in the V8SC and newly renamed Dunlop Series – in Ford Falcons.

Three drivers are making their Clipsal 500 debut, with one of them making his debut in the V8 Supercars Championship. Twenty-nine-year-old Frenchman Alex Premat, pictured, will drive the #33 Fujitsu Racing/GRM Commodore and makes his first start in the V8 Supercars Championship after a successful past in DTM and Le Mans prototypes. Wilson Security Racing’s David Wall is also making his Clipsal 500 debut but raced in the Dunlop Series last year in Adelaide, finishing ninth. He’s also competed in Adelaide in the Australian GT Championship (including a round win in 2010) and Porsche Carrera Cup. Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s Taz Douglas is the third Clipsal 500 debutante. He’s raced in the Dunlop Series in Adelaide three times with a best result of seventh in 2009.

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I The Bag Man

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Driver Profiles

Triple Eight

THE BAGMAN’S SAY Having won three of the last four V8 Supercars Championships, and five of the last eight races at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Jamie Whincup will head into this weekend’s event as the favourite. TeamVodafone’s key driving, engineering and management talent remains in place from its dominant 2011 season, guaranteeing that the Queensland based squad will once again be extremely hard to beat. Craig Lowndes has five wins of his own on the board in Adelaide, but has not seen a victory here since 2006. Car #888 is a potential winner, although qualifying speed hurt Lowndes here last year and will need to improve.

Base: Banyo, Queensland Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team manager: Adrian Burgess

#1 Jamie Whincup Team: TeamVodafone Born: 6 February 1983 V8SC debut: Queensland, 2002 Starts: 245 Wins: 53 Career Highlights: 2008, 2009 & 2011 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 2006, 2007 & 2008 Bathurst 1000, 2002 Australian Formula Ford Champion

#888 Craig Lowndes Team: TeamVodafone Born: 21 June 1974 V8SC debut: Calder Park, 1996 Starts: 441 Wins: 82 Career Highlights: 1996, 1998 & 1999 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 Bathurst 1000, 1993 Australian Formula Ford Champion

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Driver Profiles

Walkinshaw Racing Base: Clayton, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Walkinshaw Racing Engines: Walkinshaw Racing Team manager: Mike Henry

THE BAGMAN’S SAY No race track in Australia suits Garth Tander’s aggressive driving style quite like the Adelaide Parklands. Car #2’s traditionally strong braking and drive traction characteristics have helped Tander and the HRT win three of the last four races here. The fuel economy of the Walkinshaw package has also come to the fore in recent years, and may again prove a key ingredient this weekend. James Courtney was exceptional in the early wet weather laps here in 2011. Whether the factory Holden team can give Courtney a car that compliments his dry weather style remains to be seen however. Meanwhile, Adelaide marks Russell Ingall’s first weekend with Walkinshaw Racing. Seeing the top 10 in either race would be an encouraging first up result for car #66.

#2 Garth Tander Team: Toll Holden Racing Team Born: 31 March 1977 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 1998 Starts: 410 Wins: 50 Career Highlights: 2007 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 2000, 2009 & 2011 Bathurst 1000, 1997 Australian Formula Ford Champion

#22 James Courtney Team: Toll Holden Racing Team Born: 29 June 1980 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2005 Starts: 189 Wins: 9 Career Highlights: 2010 V8 Supercars Champion, 2001 British Formula Ford Champion, 2002 Jaguar F1 test driver, 2000 British Formula Ford Champion

#66 Russell Ingall Team: Supercheap Auto Racing Born: 24 February 1964 V8SC debut: Eastern Creek, 1996 Starts: 475 Wins: 27 Career Highlights: 2005 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 1995 & 1997 Bathurst 1000,1st 1998 Sandown 500 & 1999 Queensland 500, 1993 British Formula Ford Champion

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Stone Brothers Racing Base: Yatla, Queensland Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Stone Brothers Racing Engines: Stone Brothers Racing Team manager: David Stuart

THE BAGMAN’S SAY The SBR Falcons have proven largely unconvincing on the streets of Adelaide in recent seasons, and the squad’s beloved soft tyres will again be absent from the event in 2012. Shane van Gisbergen built a strong relationship with race engineer Dave Stewart late last year however, and should be seen as a podium threat regardless. Tim Slade meanwhile has proven more than capable when given the right equipment. Lee Holdsworth will be under more scrutiny than most as he enjoys his first ever race weekend in a Falcon, although it may take time for the former GRM pilot to settle in with his new team and car.

#4 Lee Holdsworth Team: IRWIN Racing Born: 2 February 1983. V8SC debut: Sandown, 2004 Starts: 197 Wins: 2 Career Highlights: 1st 2010 V8 Supercars Race 26 (Sydney), 1st 2007 V8 Supercars Round 8 (Oran Park), 3rd 2009 Bathurst 1000, 7th 2010 V8 Supercars Championship

#9 Shane van Gisbergen Team: SP Tools Racing Born: 9 May 1989 V8SC deubt: Oran Park, 2007 Starts: 134 Wins: 2 Career Highlights: 1st 2011 ITM400 Hamilton (Race 6), 1st 2011 Skycity Triple Crown (Race 12), 2005/06 NZ FFord Champion, 2nd 2006/07 Toyota Racing Series

#47 Tim Slade Team: Lucky 7 Racing Born: 3 August 1985 V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2009 Starts: 79 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2005 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 7th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series, 9th 2011 V8 Supercars Championship

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Ford Performance Racing

THE BAGMAN’S SAY FPR was the form team in the final few events of the 2011 season, with both Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison showing exceptional speed on the streets of Sydney. Winterbottom has endured a troubled pre-season build up however, having broken his ankle prior to Christmas. A lack of seat time since last year’s finale may test Winterbottom, particularly during the first qualifying session on Friday. Will Davison enters his second year with FPR full of confidence, and is a real threat to take his first win with the team. David Reynolds meanwhile steps into The Bottle-O Falcon this year, and looms as a dark horse, particularly in qualifying.

Base: Campbelfield, Victoria Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Ford Performance Racing Engines: Ford Performance Racing Team manager: Chris O’Toole

#5 Mark Winterbottom Team: Orrcon Steel FPR Born: 20 May 1981 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2003 Starts: 244 Wins: 17 Career Highlights: 1st 2006 Sandown 500, 1st 2003 V8 Supercars Development Series, 2nd 2008 V8 Supercars Championship, 2nd 2002 Australian Formula Ford Championship

#6 Will Davison Team: Tradingpost FPR Born: 30 August 1982 V8SC debut: Winton, 2004 Starts: 194 Wins: 6 Career Highlights: 1st 2009 Bathurst 1000, 1st 2009 Phillip Island 500, 2nd 2009 V8 Supercars Championship, 2001 Australian Formula Ford Champion

#55 David Reynolds Team: The Bottle-O Racing Born: July 1985. V8SC debut: Sandown, 2007 Starts: 49 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2007 Australian Carrera Cup Champion, 2004 Australian Formula Ford Champion, 4th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series


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Kelly Racing Base: Braeside, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Kelly Racing Engines: Kelly Racing Team managers: Matt House/Aaron Zampese

THE BAGMAN’S SAY Rick Kelly was particularly strong in Adelaide last year, and should once again push the top five. The 2006 champion is unlikely to be distracted by the media and fan attention that has followed the announcement of the team’s 2013 Nissan deal. Going on past form, the hard tyre compound and kind-on-tyres nature of the circuit should play into the hands of all four Kelly Racing entries. The challenge for Todd Kelly, Greg Murphy and new recruit Karl Reindler throughout 2012 will be to prove that Kelly Racing is more than just a one-car team. Qualifying in the top half of the field will be an important achievement for any one of the trio.

#7 Todd Kelly Team: Jack Daniel’s Racing Born: 9 October 1979 V8SC debut: Eastern Creek, 1999 Starts: 356 Wins: 19 Career Highlights: 1st 2005 Bathurst 1000, 1st 2003 Sandown 500, 2nd 1998 Australian Drivers’ Championship, 2nd 2006 Bathurst 1000, 2nd 2006 Bathurst 1000

#11 Karl Reindler Team: Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Born: 18 April 1985 V8SC debut: Bathurst, 2008 Starts: 56 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2004 Australian F3 Champion, 8th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series, 3rd 2006 A1GP Shanghai Feature Race


Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Driver Profiles

#15 Rick Kelly Team: Jack Daniel’s Racing Born: 7 January 1983 V8SC debut: Queensland, 2001 Starts: 297 Wins: 12 Career Highlights: 2006 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 2003 & 2004 Bathurst 1000 , 2001 Australian Drivers’ Champion, 2nd 2000 Australian Formula Ford Championship

#51 Greg Murphy Team: Pepsi Max Crew Born: 23 August 1972 V8SC debut: Calder, 1997 Starts: 414 Wins: 28 Career Highlights: 1st 1996, 1999, 2003 & 2004 Bathurst 1000, 1st 1996 & 1997 Sandown 500, 1st 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour, 2nd 2002 & 2003 V8 Supercars Championship

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Brad Jones Racing

THE BAGMAN’S SAY The speed that Jason Bright and BJR showed in the middle part of 2011 seemed to disappear as the season progressed, while a late season injury for the former Bathurst winner left the #8 entry just 16th in the points standings. The Bright/BJR combination has struggled in both previous Adelaide encounters, leaving expectations relatively low for this weekend. Qualifying in the top 10 is far from a given. Fabian Coulthard’s arrival will add a new element to the team, but is unlikely to produce noteworthy results first-up. Series rookie David Wall will have even more modest expectations, having failed to show ‘main game worthy’ speed in last year’s Development Series.

Base: Albury, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Walkinshaw Racing Engines: Noonan Race Engineering Team manager: Chris Clarke

#8 Jason Bright Team: Team BOC Born: 7 March 1973 V8SC debut: Symmons Plains, 1997 Starts: 383 Wins: 30 Career Highlights: 1st 1998 Bathurst 1000, 1995 Australian Formula Ford Champion, 1997 Australian Drivers’ Champion, 1st 2006 Sandown 500

#14 Fabian Coulthard Team: Lockwood Racing Born: 28 July 1982 V8SC debut: Oran Park, 2004 Starts: 156 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2005 Australian Carrera Cup Champion, 2001 NZ Formula Ford Champion, 3rd 2004 Australian Carrera Cup, 4th 2000 NZ Formula Ford Championship

#21 David Wall Team: Wilson Security Racing Born: 1 January 1983 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2009 Starts: 6 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2009 & 2010 Australian GT Champion, 3rd 2007 Australian GT Championship, 11th 2011 V8 Supercars Development Series

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Driver Profiles

Dick Johnson Racing Base: Yatla, Queensland Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: InnoV8 Race Engines Team manager: Malcolm Swetnam

THE BAGMAN’S SAY DJR struggled for speed on both compounds of tyre during the second half of 2011, and it remains to be seen whether expanding to a four car operation will help or hinder the situation. The word ‘superteam’ has been attached to this outfit by various media outlets, but the lack of a true ‘superstar’ driver is highly apparent. That said, Steven Johnson has runs on the board here, James Moffat will be a stronger force in his second season, and Dean Fiore will undoubtedly benefit from being in a multi-car team. Expect fellow new recruit Steve Owen to be the pick of the bunch this weekend, though.

#12 Dean Fiore Team: Jim Beam Racing Born: 1 December 1983 V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2009 Starts: 80 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2008 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 4th 2005 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 5th 2007 Australian Carrera Cup Championship

#17 Steven Johnson Team: Jim Beam Racing Born: 6 September 1974 V8SC debut: Oran Park, 1994 Starts: 385 Wins: 3 Career Highlights: 1st 2001 Queensland 500, 1st 2001 Canberra 400, 5th 2001 V8 Supercars Championship, 6th 2009 V8 Supercars Championship


Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Driver Profiles

#18 James Moffat Team: Team Norton DJR Born: 1 8 June 1984 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2010 Starts: 30 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2009 V8 Development Series, 3rd 2008 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 3rd 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship

#49 Steve Owen Team: VIP Petfoods Racing Born: 18 December 1974 V8SC debut: Bathurst, 1999 Starts: 134 Wins: 1 Career Highlights: 1st 2008 & 2010 V8 Supercars Development Series, 1st 2010 V8 Supercars Race 20 (Gold Coast), 2nd 1999 Australian Formula Ford Championship

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Driver Profiles

Tekno Autosports

THE BAGMAN’S SAY There have been big changes at Tekno Autosport over the off-season, with a switch from Triple Eight Ford to Triple Eight Holden chassis, and the addition of a second car for Michael Patrizi. Jonathon Webb largely struggled last year while running as a single car team, and will benefit from once again having a team-mate to push him along. The former Development Series Champion was highly impressive on Sunday here last year, but qualifying may again be a weakness. Patrizi has plenty to prove in his return to the series. Completing a trouble-free weekend first-up in Adelaide will be a good start for the West Australian, who showed speed last year in the Carrera Cup.

Base: Stapylton, Queensland Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team manager: Bruce Jenkins

#19 Jonathon Webb Team: Tekno Autosports Born: 10 December 1983 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2006 Starts: 62 Wins: 1 Career Highlights: 1st 2009 V8 Supercars Development Series, 3rd 2005 Australian Carrera Cup Championship, 2010 V8 Supercars Race 26 winner

#91 Michael Patrizi Team: Tekno Autosports Born: 4 May 1984 V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2008 Starts: 30 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2nd 2005 Formula BMW Asia,, 8th 2006 Formula BMW UK, 18th 2007 Formula 3 Euroseries, 6th 2011 Australian Carrera Cup Championship

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Driver Profiles

Garry Rogers Motorsport

THE BAGMAN’S SAY Wherever he runs in the field this weekend, Alexandre Premat will garner plenty of attention. The Frenchman has enjoyed just two test days in V8 Supercars prior to Clipsal, and while undoubtedly a talent, will need more time to get up to speed. Controlling Premat’s own expectations will be vital, as Adelaide’s concrete will quickly bite anyone who pushes too hard. Michael Caruso meanwhile will need to step up this year after the exit of Lee Holdsworth from the team. With Holdsworth having proven particularly fast here in previous years, anything outside the top 10 will be a disappointing result for Caruso.

Base: Knoxfield, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Garry Rogers Motorsport Engines: Walkinshaw Racing Team manager: Pierluigi Orsi

#33 Alexandre Premat Team: Fujitsu Racing GRM Born: 5 April 1982 V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2012 Starts: 0 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2008 Le Mans Series Champion, 1st 2005-06 A1 GP Series (Team France), 1st 2004 Macau Grand Prix, 1st 2004 Masters of F3

#34 Michael Caruso Team: Fujitsu Racing GRM Born: 25 May 1983 V8SC debut: Bathurst, 2006 Starts: 120 Wins: 1 Career Highlights: 2003 Australian Formula 3 Champion, 3rd 2009 Bathurst 1000, 1st 2009 V8 Supercars Race 10 (Hidden Valley), 2nd 2007 V8 Supercars Development Series


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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Driver Profiles

Tony D’Alberto Racing Base: Knoxfield, Victoria Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Ford Performance Racing Engines: Ford Performance Racing Team manager: TBA

THE BAGMAN’S SAY The Adelaide event will mark 12 months since Tony D’Alberto Racing first got its hands on its ex-FPR Falcon FG chassis. While 2011 did not produce the results that the small squad was after, Tony D’Alberto’s experience with the car should help this season. D’Alberto proved particularly speedy in the 2011 finale at Homebush, and won’t be the slowest on the grid this weekend. Top 20 results are still solid achievements in this quality field.

#3 Tony D’Alberto Team: Tony D’Alberto Racing Born: 9 December 1985 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2005 Starts: 122 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 1st 2007 V8 Supercars Development Series, 6th 2007 Bathurst 1000, 5th 2005 V8 Supercars Development Series, 9th 2011 Bathurst 1000

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Base: Nunawading, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team manager: Lucas Dumbrell

THE BAGMAN’S SAY A shocking 2011 sees Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport enter the new season with few expecting anything but tail end results. Switching from Walkinshaw Racing to Triple Eight Race Engineering equipment should provide a boost, with the one-car team having invested heavily in the new gear. Main series rookie Taz Douglas faces a major task to step up from the Development Series, but will benefit from the lack of external expectations. Qualifying off the back row of the grid will be a great start.

#30 Taz Douglas Team: Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Born: 11 February 1985 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2009 Starts: 5 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 1st 2010 V8 Supercars Development Series Sandown Race 2, 8th 2007 Australian Formula Ford Championship, 9th 2009 V8 Supercars Development Series


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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Race Stats

PAST ADELAIDE WINNERS Year

Driver

Team

Car

1999

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VT

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VT

2000

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VT

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VT

2001

Craig Lowndes

Gibson Motorsport

Ford Falcon AU

Jason Bright

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

2002

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

2003

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VY

2004

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2005

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2006

Craig Lowndes

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BA

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BA

2007

Todd Kelly

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

Rick Kelly

HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VE

2008

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BF

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BF

2009

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon FG

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon FG

2010

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

2011

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

Jamie Whincup

TeamVodafone

Holden Commodore VE


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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Race Stats

Past ATCC/V8SC Champions Year

Driver

Team

Car

1961

Bill Pitt

Bill Pitt

Jaguar 3.4 Litre

1962

Bob Jane

Bob Jane

Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mk II

1963

Bob Jane

Bob Jane

Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mk II

1964

Ian Geoghegan

Total Team

Ford Cortina GT

1965

Norm Beechey

Neptune Racing Team

Ford Mustang

1966

Ian Geoghegan

Total Team

Ford Mustang

1967

Ian Geoghegan

Mustang Team

Ford Mustang

1968

Ian Geoghegan

Mustang Team

Ford Mustang

1969

Ian Geoghegan

Mustang Team

Ford Mustang

1970

Norm Beechey

Shell Racing Team

Holden Monaro HT GTS350

1971

Bob Jane

Bob Jane Racing Team

Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1

1972

Bob Jane

Bob Jane Racing Team

Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1

1973

Allan Moffat

Ford Motor Company

Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase III

1974

Peter Brock

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Holden Torana LJ GTR XU-1, LH SL/R 5000

1975

Colin Bond

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Holden Torana LH SL/R 5000 L34

1976

Allan Moffat

Allan Moffat Racing

Ford Falcon XB GT

1977

Allan Moffat

Moffat Ford Dealers

Ford Falcon XB GT, XC

1978

Peter Brock

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Holden Torana LX SS A9X

1979

Bob Morris

Ron Hodgson Channel 7 Racing

Holden Torana LX SS A9X

1980

Peter Brock

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VB

1981

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon XD

1982

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon XD

1983

Allan Moffat

Peter Stuyvesant Racing

Mazda RX-7

1984

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford XE Falcon

1985

Jim Richards

JPS Team BMW

BMW 635CSi

1986

Robbie Francevic

Volvo Dealer

Team

1987

Jim Richards

JPS Team BMW

BMW M3 E30

1988

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Sierra RS500

1989

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Sierra RS500

1990

Jim Richards

Gibson Motor Sport

Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R, R32 GT-R

1991

Jim Richards

Gibson Motor Sport

Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

1992

Mark Skaife

Winfield Team Nissan

Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

1993

Glenn Seton

Glenn Seton Racing

Ford Falcon EB

1994

Mark Skaife

Gibson Motor Sport

Holden Commodore VP

1995

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EF

1996

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VR

1997

Glenn Seton

Glenn Seton Racing

Ford Falcon EL

1998

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VS/VT

1999

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VS/VT

2000

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VT

2001

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

2002

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

2003

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2004

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2005

Russell Ingall

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2006

Rick Kelly

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VZ

2007

Garth Tander

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VE

2008

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BF

2009

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon FG

2010

James Courtney

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2011

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Holden Commodore VE

Volvo 240T


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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Event Schedule

Schedule of Events Thursday Start

Finish Category

Duration

Session

0830

0850

20 minutes

Practice

V8 Utes

15 minutes

0905

20 Minutes

0925

Touring Car Masters

15 minutes

0940

20 minutes

1000

Formula 3

20 minutes

1020

30 minutes

1050

Development Series

10 minutes

1100

15 minutes

1115

Demonstration/Lunch Delivery

5 minutes

1120

20 minutes

1140

Australian GT

15 minutes

1155

20 minutes

1215

Aussie Race Cars

15 minutes

1230

20 minutes

1250

Carrera Cup

15 minutes

1305

20 minutes

1325

V8 Utes

15 minutes

1340

20 minutes

1400

Touring Car Masters

20 minutes

1420

30 minutes

1450

Development Series

20 minutes

1510

25 minutes

1535

Formula 3

15 minutes

1550

20 minutes

1610

1610

Carrera Cup

V8 Supercars

15 minutes

1625

15 minutes

Aussie Race Cars

15 minutes

1655

20 minutes

1715

Australian GT

15 minutes

1730

20 minutes

1750

V8 Ute Series

15 minutes

1805

20 minutes

1825

Touring Car Masters

10 minutes

1835

25 minutes

1900

Development Series

Practice Practice

Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice

Team Managers Briefing

1640

Practice

Qualifying Practice Qualifying Qualifying Meeting Rides


Races 1 /2- Adelaide I Event Schedule Friday Start

Finish Category

Duration

Session

0800

Development Series

Drivers Briefing

0830

Formula 3

Qualifying

0850

20 minutes

15 minutes

0905

30 minutes

0935

V8 Supercars

20 minutes

0955

30 minutes

1025

Development Series

1035

1050

Demonstration/ Lunch delivery 15 minutes 10 minutes

1100

30 minutes

V8 Supercars

10 minutes

1140

15 minutes

1155

Aussie Race Cars

15 minutes

1210

30 minutes

1240

V8 Supercars

15 minutes

1255

20 minutes

1315

Carrera Cup

15 minutes

1330

30 minutes

1400

V8 Supercars

15 minutes

1415

20 minutes

1435

Australian GT

15 minutes

1450

20 minutes

1510

V8 Supercars

20 minutes

1530

20 minutes

1550

Formula 3

15 minutes

1605

30 minutes

1635

V8 Supercars

15 minutes

1650

20 minutes

1710

Touring Car Masters

15 minutes

1725

20 minutes

1745

V8 Utes

15 minutes

1800

30 minutes

1830

Qualifying

10 minutes

1130

Practice – Part 1

V8 Supercars

Practice – Part 2 R1 (7 Laps) Practice – Part 3 Qualifying Practice – Part 4 Qualifying Qualifying TV R1 (10 Laps) Top 10 Shootout TV R1 (8 Laps) R1 (8 Laps) Meeting Rides

15 minutes

1845

Development Series

15 minute signal

1850

Development Series

Pit Exit Open

1855

Development Series

Pit Exit Close

1900

Development series

R1 (24 Laps)

1930

30 minutes

15 minutes

1945

30 minutes

2015

Carrera Cup

R1 (28 mins + 1 Lap)

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Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Event Schedule Saturday Start Finish Category

Duration

Session

0830 0850

20 minutes

R2 (10 Laps)

Formula 3

15 minutes

0905 0925

20 minutes

V8 Supercars

15 minutes

0940 1000

20 minutes

Carrera Cup

15 minutes

1015 1030

15 minutes

Aussie Race Cars

5 minutes

1035 1050

15 minutes

Demonstration/ Lunch Delivery

15 minutes

1105 1125

20 minutes

Touring Car Masters

15 minutes

1140 1200

20 minutes

V8 Utes

R2 (11 Laps) R2 (7 Laps)

R2 (8 Laps) R2 (8 Laps) TV

15 minutes

1145

V8 Supercars

1215 1230

Clipsal Demonstration

Warm Up

Drivers Briefing

15 minutes 20 minutes

1250

Development Series

15 minute signal

1255

Development Series

Pit Exit Open

1300

Development Series

Pit Exit Close

1305 1335

Development Series

R2 (24 Laps) TV

30 minutes

15 minutes

1350 1400

Demonstrations

10 minutes

1400

V8 Supercars

Fuel Check

1405

V8 Supercars

30 minute signal

1410

V8 Supercars

Pit Exit Open

1420

V8 Supercars

Pit Exit Close

1435

V8 Supercars

Race 1 (78 Laps

25 minutes

1705 1720

15 minutes

Aussie Race Cars

15 minutes

1735 1755

20 minutes

Drag Demonstration

20 minutes

1815 1915

60 minutes

Australian GT

or 1642 + 1 Lap) TV R3 (7 Laps)

R1(58 Mins+1 Lap)


Races 1/2 - Adelaide I Event Schedule Sunday Start Finish

Category

Duration

Session

0830

Aussie Race Cars

15 minutes

R4 (7 Laps)

0845

15 minutes

0900

20 minutes

0920

Formula 3

15 minutes

0935

20 minutes

0955

Touring Car Masters

1005

1020

Demonstration/ Lunch Delivery 15 minutes 10 minutes

1030

30 minutes

Australian GT

15 minutes

1115

20 minutes

1135

V8 Supercars

15 minutes

1150

20 minutes

1210

V8 Utes

15 minutes

1225

15 minutes

1240

Clipsal Demonstration

10 minutes

1250

20 minutes

1310

Drivers Parade / Photo

10 minutes

1320

20 minutes

1340

Carrera Cup

15 minutes

1355

10 minutes

1405

R3 (8 Laps) TV

10 minutes

1100

R3 (12 Laps)

Demonstration

R2 (28 minutes +1 Lap) Qualifying TV R3 (8 Laps) TV

R3 (11 Laps) TV

1400

V8 Supercars

Fuel Check

1405

V8 Supercars

30 minute signal

1410

V8 Supercars

Pit Exit Open

1420

V8 Supercars

Pit Exit Close

1435

V8 Supercars

Race 2 (78 Laps or 1642

+ 1 Lap) TV

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