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Races 29/30 - Homebush I Introduction

The stories within The drivers’ and teams’ championship may have both been wrapped up at Winton, but there’s still plenty to play for at this weekend’s Sydney Telstra 500.

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The list of ‘last times’ within the paddock is quite extensive - headlined of course by the end of the 20 year reign for the current technical regulations. As a direct result, Kelly Racing is farewelling Holden in favour of Nissan, while Stone Brothers Racing bids goodbye to Ford and its traditional ‘Ross and Jimmy’ front-line ahead of its future with Mercedes, AMG and Erebus. Quite co-incidentally, there’s also plenty of change for the top teams that aren’t switching manufacturers, as the title sponsors of Triple Eight (Vodafone), Ford Performance Racing (Orrcon Steel and Trading Post) and Dick Johnson Racing (Jim Beam) all depart. The impending post-season driver movements see Michael Caruso suiting up with GRM for the final time after a five-year stint, Greg Murphy ready to exit Kelly Racing and perhaps full-time driving, and Shane van Gisbergen departing - for now at least - SBR, V8 Supercars and Australia in general. All will be very keen to end their current associations on a positive note, setting up an exciting and potentially emotion charged weekend. One thing that isn’t about to come to an end, however, is the Ford versus Holden rivalry. Despite the marketing hype surrounding this weekend, one can expect Triple Eight and FPR - which are on the verge of going through a complete season sharing all of the race wins - to be scrapping it out for the 2013 title as others find their collective feat. On the points from this weekend, the battle for second between Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes, for fifth between van Gisbergen and Tim Slade, and for 10th between Fabian Coulthard, James Courtney and Russell Ingall will all be ones to watch. Meanwhile, some of the less high profile battles will have greater consequences, such as that between the current 22nd and 23rd placed drivers James Moffat and Tony D’Alberto, whose results will set the pit garage positions for FPR and HRT/Walkinshaw Racing next season respectively. Whincup’s recent dominance may have robbed V8 Supercars of the grandstand finale it was hoping for, but for the more educated fans, there’ll still be plenty to keep up with...

Stefan Bartholomaeus

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Races 29/30 - Homebush I Cover Story

Last Blast Eras set to end at Sydney Telstra 500

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his weekend’s season finale in Homebush marks the end of an era in many ways for V8 Supercars and its teams. Not only will next season see the introduction of the Car of the Future regulations, bringing the Nissan and Mercedes brands into the sport, for many there will be new title sponsors, too. The success of Triple Eight in recent times has not made it exempt from the sponsor shuffling, with Vodafone announcing mid-

season that it would soon end its six-year association. After the reveal of the team’s ‘farewell’ weekend livery, Speedcafe.com’s Grant Rowley spoke to Triple Eight principal Roland Dane about the highs, lows and future of his squad. SPEEDCAFE: This weekend will see your six-year sponsorship from Vodafone come to an end. It has been a massively successful period under the

TeamVodafone banner. Any emotion ahead of the weekend? ROLAND DANE: Yeah, I do have, but frankly, I think about the past nine years as well. Continued on page 6 >>

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But it has been pertinent over the last six years with the association with Vodafone. It has been outstanding from our point of view, and they tell me it has been a success from them too, in terms of what we set out to do with their backing and what we were able to deliver them. SPEEDCAFE: In the past six years, your team has won almost half of the races, including four Bathurst 1000s and four championships. Can you pick out your highlights and lowlights during the period? DANE: I can give you two of the best and two of the worst. Both of the bests were in 2010. Rolling out in our first race in Holdens and having a one-two result. We followed that up with the one-two result at Bathurst. For the team, they were the two best things we did.

The two lowest points for me were where we made a couple of silly mistakes. One was in 2007 at Eastern Creek where we ran the wrong brake rotors on Jamie’s car, which ultimately cost him the championship. The other was failing to win Bathurst in 2009. There were some fairly silly errors that contributed to both of those incidents. SPEEDCAFE: Vodafone has contributed a great deal – not only to your team, but to the sport as a whole, through the credibility of its brand and its activation … DANE: Totally. Vodafone has done a huge amount for the sport. They’ve put a lot in and taken a lot out. They’ve delivered a lot of credibility to the sport, especially when they first came in, and everyone benefited from that. In terms of activations – whether it was the interactions with the McLaren Formula 1

team, or bringing the sponsorship to life in Townsville with the tank race and the camo gear, or the pitstop stunt in the middle of Brisbane, plus various other things, they’ve only been possible because of the support they’ve given us. Vodafone has, effectively, had a full-time V8 Supercar sitting in our workshop, waiting to be called upon for these types of events. That’s a measure of the support that they have given us, and it has played out as a benefit for both of us, and the category. SPEEDCAFE: Vodafone was definitely behind some wild stunts, from giant rubber duck races to lawn mower races to your V8 drivers steering Formula 1 cars. There was one stunt, however, that didn’t quite come off – Jenson Button driving a V8 Supercar as a wildcard entry at the Sydney Telstra 500. I don’t think this ever got reported. Can you tell us how close this came to fruition?


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DANE: We had one or two high speculative conversations about wildcards. Ultimately, it didn’t go anywhere. We talked about the idea of running the odd big name, but it never materialised for whatever reason. It would have been nice to have been able to do something outrageous on that level, but I’m still pretty happy with what we’ve been able to do. The highlight of Vodafone’s activations was Craig and Jenson driving a Formula 1 car at Bathurst. Jenson had a lot of fun in both the F1 car and a V8 Supercar around a track like that. SPEEDCAFE: Vodafone’s time closes, but for you, the good news is that you’ve already locked in your 2013 deal with Continued on page 9 >>


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Races 29/30 - Homebush I Cover Story Red Bull – another massive international brand. When will we start to see your team’s deal with Red Bull come to life? DANE: You won’t see any evidence of the Red Bull involvement before next year. It will roll out at some point in the new year. You’ll see what we’re doing with new title sponsors and our existing ones. SPEEDCAFE: Red Bull and Vodafone are different companies in different markets, but they both like to activate on their sponsorships. Should we be prepared for even more stunts next year and beyond? DANE: I think you should be prepared for an exciting ride. If you asked someone six

years ago ‘Who are the two most prolific sports sponsors with the most amount of engagement and activation in the world?’ the answer would be Vodafone and Red Bull. Certainly, Red Bull has been consistent over the years with a huge amount of activations over the years, so I’m very fortunately to have had a relationship with both of them. I’m sure we’ll have a great relationship with Red Bull, and at the same time, we’ve got a massive common denominator sitting behind us, which is GM Holden. You can’t talk about our success in the past three years without mentioning the support of Holden as well.

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SPEEDCAFE: Triple Eight is contracted to Holden until 2014. You’ve been the pioneers of sourcing large, multi-national sponsors. Given that we’ll see two new manufacturers join the sport next year, are you disappointed that your team isn’t going to be leading the wave of new manufacturers to the sport? DANE: From our point of view, we couldn’t be happier with the deal we have with Holden. If I wanted to do a deal with someone else, I could assure you, I would have done something about it. There’s no way I want to. We’re very happy with the relationship we have and I hope it continues for many years to come.

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Races 29/30 - Homebush I Circuit Info

Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit Circuit Overview Location: Homebush, Sydney Length: 3.4 kilometres Direction: Anti-clockwise Maximum speed: 248km/h Fastest Point: Pit Straight Average Speed: 139km/h Circuit Description The 2012 Sydney Telstra 500 marks four years since the Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit was first constructed. The 3.5km course runs around the area made famous by the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, with ANZ Stadium located in the middle of the circuit. The 13-turn lap includes the widest (Australia Avenue) and narrowest (Edwin Flack Avenue) pieces of road on the V8 Supercars Championship calendar, and is made up almost entirely of chicanes and slow-speed 90-degree corner complexes. V8 Supercars Practice/Qualifying Lap Record: Will Davison, Ford Falcon FG, 1m27.4562s, 2011 V8 Supercars Race Lap Record: Craig Lowndes, Holden Commodore VE II, 1m28.3839, 2011

Event Format: Friday: Practice: 4 x 30 mins Saturday: Qualifying: 1 x 20 min 1 x Top 10 Shootout Race: 1 x 250km (74 laps) Sunday: Qualifying: 1 x 20 min Race: 1 x 250km (74 laps) Tyre Format: Each car has been allocated six sets of hard compound tyres for the weekend. An additional two sets of pre-marked hard tyres may also be brought for practice.

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Races 29/30 - Homebush I Tech Preview

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he races at the Sydney Telstra 500 have traditionally been pretty unpredictable. It obviously punished mistakes from drivers, but the teams have to have their wits about them with strategy because the Safety Cars have such a big impact. A 250km race around there has very tight fuel windows, but the full-course yellows mean that making it through on two stops isn’t necessarily the right way to go. You can get back into contention with the right Safety Car timing and the fuel-inhand gained through a three-stopper very easily. There was some weird and wonderful stuff that happened last year and picking when to pit is like flipping a coin half the time. We’ve seen teams taking each-way bets by calling one of their two cars to the pits under early Safety Cars several times this year, which can get rid of the pit stacking problem. The pitlane can get quite congested in Sydney and the transit time is quite long as well, which is something that always needs to be factored in.

The communication is quite poor too. We’ve had lots of radio issues there in the past, so that adds to the challenge. Hopefully we don’t have a repeat of the Gold Coast in that respect. I think we’ll be turning our radio off for the Top 10 Shootout! Arguably the main issue here with choosing when to pit is what sort of traffic you’ll find yourself in once you come back out again. It’s a very easy place to block so one slow car will tend to create a big long caterpillar behind it. We saw that happen a lot last year. It’s worse than Winton in that respect. Brakes Brakes are a big issue here due to the nature of the layout, which is why being in traffic can be so damaging. Two laps stuck in behind another car can fry them completely.


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All the brake temperature happens in Turns 1 and 2, which are the two places you can pass.

As long as there’s no changes from last year I don’t think you’ll hear any complaints.

The only cars that were really able to overtake at Turn 9 last year were the Triple Eight cars, as well as the #55. It’s very high risk down there.

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We’d seen a bit of track breakup in the first couple of years of this event but the patching they put into it last year seemed to work quite well.

I don’t think the kerbing will have changed from last year so we’re fairly used to it how punishing they are now.

I don’t know what it’ll be like in the rain though and there’s a good chance of seeing at least one wet race over the weekend.

Last year they had a sensor in Turn 3 that they turned off after Friday practice. There were a few issues in Turns 6 and 7 with people hitting tyre bundles but you can only hope that we’ve all learnt from that.

If it’s anything like the Formula 1 finale last weekend a bit of water on the track will make it very entertaining for everyone!


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Races 29/30 - Homebush I Did you know

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amie Whincup may have all but collected the champion’s trophy, but the fact still remains that the Sydney Telstra 500 is a bogey track for the champ-elect. Whincup has never won at Sydney Olympic Park and has a best finish of fifth - twice. The circuit remains the only one on the 2012 schedule where Whincup has never won a race. He’s crashed in two of the six races and has an average finishing position of 10.4 with one DNF. Qualifying has never been too much of a problem for Whincup, lining up in the top three on the grid in four of the six Sydney races held so far with an average qualifying position of 6.8. This is slightly lower than it otherwise would be due to Whincup having an engine misfire in Sunday qualifying in 2009.

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n its short three year history, the Sydney Telstra 500 has become one of the most unpredictable events on the V8 Supercars Championship calendar. There is yet to be a repeat race winner with wins shared between Garth Tander, James Courtney, Jonathon Webb, Lee Holdsworth, Craig Lowndes and Mark Winterbottom. Dick Johnson Racing is the only team to have won multiple races with Courtney in 2009 and Webb in 2010. A total of 13 different drivers have finished on the 18 podium positions available in the six races held at Sydney Olympic Park. And the 3.42-kilometre street circuit claims cars with a hunger the average finishing rate is just 65.7% of starters with the most finishers being 23 cars in the Sunday race in 2010. The average number of cars on the lead lap at the finish is 14.7.

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he Sydney Telstra 500 is the end of an era for V8 Supercars and will be the last exclusively Holden versus Ford fight in the foreseeable future prior to Car of the Future regulations coming online for 2013. The current Holden/Ford five-litre rulebook was introduced in 1993 and rebranded as V8 Supercars in 1997. In that time there have been 566 Australian Touring Car Championship/V8 Supercars Championship races. Holden will have claimed 11 championships to Ford’s nine during the course of the 20 years once Whincup is crowned champion in Sydney, while Holden have won 349 races to Ford’s 217. The Commodore VE/VE II is the most successful car with 103 race wins over its six seasons in competition. The Falcon BA, which completed four seasons, is the best of the Fords with 51. Holden has claimed 167 pole positions to Ford’s 130 and also has had more fastest laps (325 to Ford’s 241) and podium finishes (501 to Ford’s 394). A total of 309 Falcon and Commodore chassis have raced under the current rulebook from 1993 onwards. The final race in Sydney is the 800th in ATCC/V8SC history since the first race was held in 1960.


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ujitsu Racing/GRMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michael Caruso may not have won a race yet at Sydney Olympic Park, but he has been the most consistent driver over the three years of the event. Caruso, who is making his final start with the Garry Rogers-owned team after five years with the Melbourne-based squad, is one of only three drivers to have finished every race at the Sydney Telstra 500. The 2009 Sunday runnerup has never finished outside the top eight in the six races held and has a finishing average of 5.3.

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hile the V8 Supercars Championship is all but officially decided, the fight for the Dunlop Series is the tightest in its history. Scott McLaughlin leads heading into the final round by just 32 points over Nick Percat - who has won the last two rounds at Bathurst and Winton - while a 50 championship point penalty from Winton has dropped Chaz Mostert to third clear of Scott Pye. A total of just 82 points separates the top four with 300 points on the line.


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Triple Eight Base: Banyo, Queensland Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team principal: Roland Dane

This team may have already wrapped up the drivers’ and teams’ titles heading into this weekend, but it will be highly motivated to end the season on a high as it bids farewell to title partner of six years, Vodafone. Jamie Whincup has never won at this venue, but with no championship pressure the now four-time title holder will line-up as the favourite to take victory. Team-mate Craig Lowndes took his first win in seven races last time out at Sandown and will again be ready to pounce should Whincup falter.

#1 Jamie Whincup Team: TeamVodafone Born: 6 February 1983 V8SC debut: Queensland, 2002 Starts: 267 Wins: 64 Career Highlights: 2008, 2009 & 2011 V8 Supercars Champion, 1st 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2012 Bathurst 1000, 2002 Australian Formula Ford Champion

#888 Craig Lowndes Team: TeamVodafone Born: 21 June 1974 V8SC debut: Calder Park, 1996 Starts: 469 Wins: 88 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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Walkinshaw Racing Base: Clayton, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Walkinshaw Racing Engines: Walkinshaw Racing Team principal: Steve Hallam

Although the Walkinshaw Racing entries again struggled for outright pace last time out at Winton, Garth Tander looms as a podium dark horse this weekend. The 2007 champion has performed strongly on the streets circuit in Adelaide, Hamilton, Townsville and the Gold Coast so far this year, taking all four of his podium finishes on the temporary circuits. His car also relishes the hard tyres. Team-mate James Courtney has happy memories of this venue thanks to his 2009 race win and 2010 title success and needs a solid weekend to bridge the 80 point gap to Fabian Coulthard for 10th in points.

#2 Garth Tander Team: Toll Holden Racing Team Born: 31 March 1977 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 1998 Starts: 438 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: 217 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: 503 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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Races 29/30 - Homebush I Driver Profiles

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Stone Brothers Racing Base: Yatla, Queensland Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Stone Brothers Racing Engines: Stone Brothers Racing Team principal: Ross Stone

A poignant weekend looms for this team as its says goodbye to both Ford and star driver Shane van Gisbergen. The battle for fifth in the championship between van Gisbergen and Tim Slade reached boiling point at Winton as the former defended his team-mate heavily twice during the race. The SBR cars have not had the best run on the tight, bumpy street venues this year, but look for all three to be somewhere in the top 10 here.

#4 Lee Holdsworth Team: IRWIN Racing Born: 2 February 1983. V8SC debut: Sandown, 2004 Starts: 225 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: 162 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: 107 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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The Bagman’s Say

Ford Performance Racing Base: Campbelfield, Victoria Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Ford Performance Racing Engines: Ford Performance Racing Team principal: Tim Edwards

Ford Performance Racing remains the only squad to have beaten TeamVodafone in a V8 Supercars Championship race in more than 12 months, and naturally enters the final round as the best chance to end the Holden squad’s latest winning streak. The factory Fords set the pace around Sydney Olympic Park last year, with Mark Winterbottom winning Sunday’s race. Winterbottom and Davison loom as Whincup’s two biggest challengers for the races, while the latter will also be looking to wrap up the season pole award - currently sitting one ahead of Whincup with two sessions remaining.

#5 Mark Winterbottom Team: Orrcon Steel FPR Born: 20 May 1981 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2003 Starts: 272 Wins: 20 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: 222 Wins: 13 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: 89 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 principals: Rick and Todd Kelly

Just as it as at Stone Brothers, this weekend marks the end of an era for the Kelly brothers as they end their long association with Holden. Unlike SBR, this team will be hard pressed to bring home any notable results in the season finale having struggled for pace since the start of the year. Unless rain eventuates, top 10 finishes for Rick Kelly would perhaps be the only realistic goal. This weekend may also prove a watershed moment in the career of Greg Murphy, with the Kiwi looking unlike to return to a full-time drive next season.

#7 Tim Blanchard Team: Jack Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Racing Born: 21 June 1972 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2010 Starts: 12 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2007 Australian Formula Ford Champion, 2nd 2008 British Formula Ford Championship, 2nd 2010 V8 Development Series

#11 Karl Reindler Team: Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Born: 18 April 1985 V8SC debut: Bathurst, 2008 Starts: 82 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2004 Australian F3 Champion, 8th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series, 3rd 2006 A1GP Shanghai Feature Race


Races 29/30 - Homebush I Driver Profiles

#15 Rick Kelly Team: Jack Daniel’s Racing Born: 7 January 1983 V8SC debut: Queensland, 2001 Starts: 325 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: 431 Wins: 28 Career Highlights: 1st 1996, 1999, 2003 & 2004 Bathurst 1000, 1st 1996 & 97 Sandown 500, 1st 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour

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The Bagman’s Say

Brad Jones Racing Base: Albury, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Walkinshaw Racing Engines: Noonan Race Engines Team principals: Brad and Kim Jones

Brad Jones Racing again showed it’s not afraid to roll the strategy dice last time out at Winton, running an aggressive three-stop program in Race 28 for both Jason Bright and Fabian Coulthard that netted the former his first top six finish in 17 races. That sort of alternative thinking could again shoot this team into contention for top placings in Sydney - an event where tight fuel windows can reward the brave. Coulthard and David Wall meanwhile will be hoping to avoid the sort of friendly fire that saw the Lockwood entry sent spinning in the early stages of Winton’s Sunday encounter.

#8 Jason Bright Team: Team BOC Born: 7 March 1973 V8SC debut: Symmons Plains, 1997 Starts: 408 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: 184 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: 34 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2009 & 2010 Australian GT Champion, 3rd 2007 Australian GT Championship, 11th 2011 V8 Supercars Development Series

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The Bagmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Say

Dick Johnson Racing Base: Yatla, Queensland Car: Ford Falcon FG Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: InnoV8 (Roger Higgins) Team principal: Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing will head into its last event as a four-car outfit buoyed by the performance of James Moffat at Winton, where the Norton backed entry scored a season best result of fifth in Race 27 - leading more than half the race in the process. The carâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best pace relative to the field, however, was on the soft compound tyres, which will not be used this weekend. Currently separated by just 12 points and one position, Moffat and Owen will be fighting an intra-team battle to avoid being the lowest placed DJR entry in the championship standings.

#12 Dean Fiore Team: Jim Beam Racing Born: 1 December 1983 V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2009 Starts: 108 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: 413 Wins: 3 Career Highlights: 1st 2001 Queensland 500, 1st 2001 Canberra 400, 5th 2001 V8 Supercars Championship, 6th 2009 V8 Supercars Championship


Races 29/30 - Homebush I Driver Profiles

#18 James Moffat Team: Team Norton DJR Born: 1 8 June 1984 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2010 Starts: 58 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: 161 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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Tekno Autosports Base: Stapylton, Queensland Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team principal: Jonathon Webb

Jonathon Webb returns to the scene of his first and so far only V8 Supercars Championship race victory with a strong chance of another top finish. The former Sydneysider rebounded from his difficult weekend in Abu Dhabi to take a pair of seventh place finishes at Winton, moving him up two places to 13th in the standings. Although a repeat of his Gold Coast podium will be a tall order, qualifying and racing in the top 10 can be expected. Michael Patrizi meanwhile will be hoping to cement his top 20 position in the standings with a solid end to his season.

#19 Jonathon Webb Team: Tekno Autosports Born: 10 December 1983 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2006 Starts: 88 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: 89 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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The Bagmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Say

Garry Rogers Motorsport Base: Dandenong South, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Garry Rogers Motorsport Engines: Walkinshaw Racing Team principal: Garry Rogers

This squad has been one of the standout performers at the Sydney Telstra 500, scoring one win and two pole positions since the first event held here in 2009. Michael Caruso finished both races in the top six last year leading the closing stages of Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s encounter before dropping to fourth while saving fuel. Expect Caruso to again be in the top 10 in what will be his last weekend with GRM, while team-mate Alexandre Premat is in for a tough ride for his first Homebush encounter.

#33 Alexandre Premat Team: Fujitsu Racing GRM Born: 5 April 1982 V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2012 Starts: 26 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: 148 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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The Bagman’s Say

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

It’s a milestone weekend for Tony D’Alberto Racing as the small Melbourne outfit prepares to move back to Walkinshaw Racing Holden equipment for 2013. D’Alberto has endured a largely disappointing season, sitting 23rd in points after 28 races, but did manage to score a first top 10 in 21 races - and just his second top 10 for the season thanks to choosing the right strategy in Race 27 at Winton. Could benefit from attrition here.

#3 Tony D’Alberto Team: Tony D’Alberto Racing Born: 9 December 1985 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2005 Starts: 148 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 1st 2007 V8 Supercars Development Series, 6th 2007 Bathurst 1000, 5th 2005 V8 Supercars Development Series, 9th 2011 Bathurst 1000

The Bagman’s Say Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Base: Nunawading, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team principal: Lucas Dumbrell

Taz Douglas’ stint with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport could be at an end at the conclusion of the weekend. Douglas heads to Sydney sitting 26th in points - the lowest of those to have contested each round. This car qualified a strong 17th for Race 28 at Winton but hasn’t seen a top 20 finish in six races. Will also be looking to benefit from any potential carnage here to push up the field.

#30 Taz Douglas Team: Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Born: 11 February 1985 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2009 Starts: 33 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 29/30 - Homebush I Race Stats

V8 Supercars Championship Points Top 28 after 28 of 30 races

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Pts

1

Jamie Whincup

TeamVodafone

Holden Commodore VE

3639

2

Mark Winterbottom

Orrcon Steel FPR

Ford Falcon FG

3322

3

Craig Lowndes

TeamVodafone

Holden Commodore VE

3259

4

Will Davison

Trading Post FPR

Ford Falcon FG

2851

5

Shane Van Gisbergen

SP Tools Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2554

6

Tim Slade

Lucky 7 Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2532

7

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

2363

8

Lee Holdsworth

IRWIN Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2120

9

David Reynolds

The Bottle-O Racing

Holden Commodore VE

2037

10

Fabian Coulthard

Lockwood Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1975

11

James Courtney

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

1895

12

Russell Ingall

Supercheap Auto Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1891

13

Jonathon Webb

Tekno Autosports

Holden Commodore VE

1765

14

Rick Kelly

Jack Daniel’s Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1720

15

Michael Caruso

Fujitsu Racing GRM

Holden Commodore VE

1692

16

Jason Bright

Team BOC

Holden Commodore VE

1653

17

Steven Johnson

Jim Beam Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1543

18

Dean Fiore

Jim Beam Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1293

19

Michael Patrizi

Tekno Autosports

Holden Commodore VE

1292

20

Todd Kelly

Jack Daniel’s Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1263

21

Steve Owen

VIP Petfoods Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1237

22

James Moffat

Team Norton DJR

Ford Falcon FG

1225

23

Tony D’Alberto

Tony D’Alberto Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1104

24

David Wall

Wilson Security Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1097

25

Karl Reindler

Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing

Holden Commodore VE

988

26

Taz Douglas

Team iSelect

Holden Commodore VE

962

27

Alexandre Premat

Fujitsu Racing GRM

Holden Commodore VE

942

28

Greg Murphy

Pepsi Max Crew

Holden Commodore VE

649


Races 29/30 - Homebush I Race Stats

2012 SEASON STATISTICS Race Wins Jamie Whincup 12, Will Davison 7, Craig Lowndes 6, Mark Winterbottom 3, Warren Luff 1, Paul Dumbrell 1, Sebastien Bourdais 1, Mika Salo 1 Pole Positions Will Davison 8, Jamie Whincup 7, Craig Lowndes 5, Mark Winterbottom 4, Garth Tander 2, David Reynolds 1, Shane van Gisbergen 1, Luke Youlden 1

Fastest Laps Craig Lowndes 5, Mark Winterbottom 5, Jamie Whincup 5, Garth Tander 3, James Courtney 3, Jonathon Webb 2, Will Davison 1, Russell Ingall 1, Lee Holdsworth 1, David Reynolds 1, Shane van Gisbergen 1 Podiums Jamie Whincup 24, Mark Winterbottom 18, Will Davison 16, Craig Lowndes 12, Garth Tander 4, Shane van Gisbergen 4, Warren Luff 2, Paul Dumbrell 2, Sebastien Bourdais 2, Will Power 2, Tim Slade 2, Jason Bright 1, Steven Richards 1, David Reynolds 1, Dean Canto 1, Jonathon Webb 1, Marc Leib 1, Mika Salo 1, Lee Holdsworth 1

Results overview Qualifying Results

Race Results

#

Driver

Best

Worst

Average Best

Worst

Average

1

Jamie Whincup

1

10

3.3

1

26

3.6

2

Garth Tander

1

24

10.0

3

28

10.3

3

Tony D'Alberto

5

26

15.9

8

28

18.6

4

Lee Holdsworth

4

25

12.4

3

27

11.9

5

Mark Winterbottom

1

10

3.8

1

23

4.2

6

Will Davison

1

16

3.4

1

26

7.4

7

Todd Kelly

11

25

17.9

8

23

15.5

8

Jason Bright

2

27

14.7

3

28

15.1

9

Shane Van Gisbergen

2

18

8.0

2

27

9.0

11

Karl Reindler

20

28

25.2

14

27

21.2

12

Dean Fiore

11

27

21.1

11

25

18.4

14

Fabian Coulthard

5

20

10.4

4

27

12.4

15

Rick Kelly

3

23

13.3

5

27

15.1

17

Steven Johnson

7

27

17.0

10

27

16.4

18

James Moffat

5

28

15.7

5

28

18.9

19

Jonathon Webb

2

23

10.9

2

28

14.3

21

David Wall

12

28

24.1

14

28

21.4

22

James Courtney

6

28

14.4

4

28

14.1

30

Taz Douglas

8

28

23.3

12

27

21.6

33

Alexandre Premat

11

28

20.6

13

28

21.2

34

Michael Caruso

4

22

14.6

4

28

15.4

47

Tim Slade

4

20

12.1

3

21

8.5

49

Steve Owen

4

26

14.9

6

28

18.0

51

Greg Murphy

17

28

23.9

11

28

20.4

55

David Reynolds

1

17

6.8

2

26

12.7

66

Russell Ingall

5

28

18.4

4

28

13.7

91

Michael Patrizi

7

28

18.7

5

29

16.6

888

Craig Lowndes

1

20

7.0

1

28

5.3

Note: The Sandown qualifying result in the above panel has been taken from the 20 minute session, rather than the final grid order, which was determined following two qualifying races

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Sydney Telstra 500 Honour Roll Previous race winners Year

Driver

Team

Car

2011

Mark Winterbottom

Ford Performance Racing

Ford Falcon FG

Craig Lowndes

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Holden Commodore VE II

Lee Holdsworth

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VE II

Jonathon Webb

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon FG

James Courtney

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon FG

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

2010 2009

Previous pole position holders Year

Driver

Team

Car

Time

2011

Will Davison

Ford Performance Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1m27.4562s

Will Davison

Ford Performance Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1m28.1158s

Lee Holdsworth

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VE II

1m28.7999s

Lee Holdsworth

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VE II

1m28.8733s

Lee Holdsworth

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VE

1m29.3047s

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

1m29.8489s

2010 2009


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Races 29/30 - Homebush I Race Stats

Past ATCC/V8SC Champions Year

Driver Team

Car

2011

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Holden Commodore VE

2010

James Courtney

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2009

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon FG

2008

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BF

2007

Garth Tander

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VE

2006

Rick Kelly

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VZ

2005

Russell Ingall

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2004

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2003

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2002

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

2001

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

2000

Mark Skaife

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VT

1999

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VS/VT

1998

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VS/VT

1997

Glenn Seton

Glenn Seton Racing

Ford Falcon EL

1996

Craig Lowndes

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VR

1995

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EF

1994

Mark Skaife

Gibson Motor Sport

Holden Commodore VP

1993

Glenn Seton

Glenn Seton Racing

Ford Falcon EB

1992

Mark Skaife

Winfield Team Nissan

Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

1991

Jim Richards

Gibson Motor Sport

Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R

1990

Jim Richards

Gibson Motor Sport

Nissan Skyline HR31 GTS-R, R32 GT-R

1989

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Sierra RS500

1988

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Sierra RS500

1987

Jim Richards

JPS Team BMW

BMW M3 E30

1986

Robbie Francevic

Volvo Dealer Team

Volvo 240T

1985

Jim Richards

JPS Team BMW

BMW 635CSi

1984

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon XE

1983

Allan Moffat

Peter Stuyvesant Racing

Mazda RX-7

1982

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon XD

1981

Dick Johnson

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon XD

1980

Peter Brock

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VB

1979

Bob Morris

Ron Hodgson Channel 7 Racing

Holden Torana LX SS A9X

1978

Peter Brock

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Holden Torana LX SS A9X

1977

Allan Moffat

Moffat Ford Dealers

Ford Falcon XB GT, XC

1976

Allan Moffat

Allan Moffat Racing

Ford Falcon XB GT

1975

Colin Bond

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

Holden Torana LH SL/R 5000 L34

1974

Peter Brock

Marlboro Holden Dealer Team

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

1973

Allan Moffat

Ford Motor Company

Ford Falcon XY GTHO Phase III

1972

Bob Jane

Bob Jane Racing Team

Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1

1971

Bob Jane

Bob Jane Racing Team

Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1

1970

Norm Beechey

Shell Racing Team

Holden Monaro HT GTS350

1969

Ian Geoghegan

Mustang Team

Ford Mustang

1968

Ian Geoghegan

Mustang Team

Ford Mustang

1967

Ian Geoghegan

Mustang Team

Ford Mustang

1966

Ian Geoghegan

Total Team

Ford Mustang

1965

Norm Beechey

Neptune Racing Team

Ford Mustang

1964

Ian Geoghegan

Total Team

Ford Cortina GT

1963

Bob Jane

Bob Jane

Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mk II

1962

Bob Jane

Bob Jane

Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mk II

1961

Bill Pitt

Bill Pitt

Jaguar 3.4 Litre

1960

David McKay

David McKay

Jaguar 3.4 Litre


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Races 29/30 - Homebush I Event Schedule

Schedule of Events Friday Start 0800 0910 0940 1010 1050 1120 1205 1255 1325 1355 1440 1530 1615 1645 1715 1740 1815 1830

Finish 0900 0930 1000 1040 1110 1150 1245 1315 1345 1425 1520 1600 1635 1705 1735 1810 1835

Category Adrenalin Hot Laps Australian GT V8 Ute Series V8 Supercars Carrera Cup V8 Supercars Dunlop Series Australian GT V8 Ute Series V8 Supercars Dunlop Series V8 Supercars Carrera Cup V8 Ute Series V8 TV Session V8 Supercars Dunlop Series V8 Supercars

Duration 60 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes 40 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes 40 minutes 30 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes

1840

1900

Course / Safety Car Rides Dunlop Series

20 minutes

1845

Saturday Session Practice 1 Practice 1 Practice 1 – Part 1 Practice 1 Practice – Part 2 Practice 1 Practice 2 Practice 2 Practice – Part 3 Practice 2 Practice – Part 4 Practice 2 Qualifying Meeting Rides Meeting Rides Drivers and Competitors Briefing

Drivers & Competitors Briefing

Saturday Start 0820 0850 0925 1000 1045

Finish 0840 0910 0945 1030 1115

Category Australian GT Carrera Cup V8 Supercars Dunlop Series Australian GT

1125 1145

V8 Ute Series

1200 1230

V8 Supercars

1245 1305

Carrera Cup

1330

Dunlop Series

Duration 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes 30 minutes or 1 (one) lap after 1113 10 laps or 1 (one) lap after 1143 30 minutes 12 laps or 1 (one) lap after 1303 17 laps of 1 (one) lap after 1358

Session Qualifying (post) Qualifying (post) Qualifying (TX) Qualifying (post) Race 1(TX) T/C

Race 1 (TX)

Top Ten Shootout (TX) Race 1 (post)

Race 1(TX)

Start Finish 1415 1430 1505

1715 1735 1745 1810

Category Duration Armor All Auto Show Parade Lap V8 Supercars 74 laps or 1 (one) lap after 1715 Carrera Cup 12 laps Course/Safety Car 25 minutes Rides

Session

Race 29 (LIVE)

Race 2 (post)

Sunday Start Finish 0810 0835 0845 0910

Category Course/Safety Car Rides V8 Ute Series

0920 0950

Australian GT

1005 1025

V8 Supercars

1040 1100

Carrera Cup

1110 1125 1135 1235 1300

COTF Hot Laps FanExperience Dunlop Series

1345 1405

V8 Ute Series

1505

V8 Supercars

Duration 25 minutes

Session

12 laps or 1 (one) lap after 0908 30 minutes or 1 (one) lap after 0948 20 minutes

Race 2 (post)

12 laps or 1 (one) lap after 1058 15 minutes 60 minutes 17 laps or 1 (one) lap after 1328 10 laps or 1 (one) lap after 1403 74 laps or 1 (one) lap after 1715

Race 3(TX)

Race 2 (post)

Qualifying (TX)

Race 2(TX)

Race 3(TX)

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