Speedcafe.com Race Guide - Winton

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Winton Motor Raceway, November 16-18


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Races 27/28 - Winton I Introduction

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For the first time in 10 years, V8 Supercars is staring down the barrel of ending its season with a ‘dead rubber’. Jamie Whincup need only score four more points than rival Mark Winterbottom this weekend to put the currently second placed Ford Performance Racing driver out of title contention prior to the final round. Third placed Craig Lowndes and fourth placed Will Davison meanwhile must outscore Whincup by 89 and 281 points respectively in order to even theoretically remain in the hunt - both unlikely propositions it should be said. It’s hardly an ideal situation for V8 Supercars, but it shouldn’t be seen as an embarrassment, either. If it is all over prior to Homebush, there’s still plenty of marketing power left in the fact that the Sydney event is the last for the current generation rule package. While the humble Winton facility might not be the dream location for a championship to be locked away, one mustn’t forget that this slot in the calendar was originally scheduled as the phantom “TBA” international race. It remains unknown which exact location(s) V8 Supercars had in mind exactly for the penultimate event position, but it isn’t too much of a stretch to suggest that the title could have been wrapped up in front of empty grandstands in an awkward time slot for live Australian television. Now that would have been a shame. The V8 Supercars Championship has of course been decided overseas before (2001), but a packed house at Pukekohe is arguably as good as any Australian location for a title winning celebration. No matter what happens in the future, it’s hard to imagine that the gong for the worst way to decide an Australian touring car title will ever be taken away from the 1994 season. In that year, the starting position number that Peter Brock drew for Sunday morning’s ‘Dash for Cash’ at Barbagallo’s penultimate round prevented him from being eligible for the number of passing points he needed to remain a threat to Mark Skaife. The category certainly has come a long way over the last two decades...

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Races 27/28 - Winton I Cover Story

Full Focus

Winterbottom gunning for wins as title slips away

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ark Winterbottom heads into the penultimate event of the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship with little to lose. Currently sitting second in the standings to Jamie Whincup, the Ford Performance Racing driver will be ruled out of title contention if he scores even four points less than his TeamVodafone rival across the two Winton races. A victory in either race this weekend would be a breakthrough for both Winterbottom and FPR, with the team having yet to win a race on its home circuit.

Winterbottom meanwhile has finished 15 of the last 16 V8 Supercars Championship races in the top six - including 11 podium finishes - but has gone winless in that time. Speedcafe.com’s Grant Rowley spoke to the 31-year-old ahead of the Winton weekend. SPEEDCAFE: The 2012 V8 championship is close to being Jamie Whincup’s property, but mathematically, you’re still in with a shot. How are you approaching this weekend at Winton?

MARK WINTERBOTTOM: We’re not in the best position, but we can’t really worry or look at the championship. We just want to finish the year strong and try to win races. That’s all we can do. Continued on page 6 >>

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Races 27/28 - Winton I Cover Story

The last couple of rounds are good for us. They are good tracks and ones that we go well at. In terms of the championship, we’ll be massively lucky if we won it. There’s four races to go and Jamie is two races clear. It doesn’t look good for me! We’ll just keep trying. Winning races is what it’s all about. It would be nice to get another couple of wins in this car too, because it’s the last time that we race in this era of cars. There’s a lot of reasons why you want to win. SPEEDCAFE: Is it frustrating that you’ve


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gone through this entire championship, and been very close all the way through, only to have it almost out of your reach … WINTERBOTTOM: It is frustrating, but you look through the year and look at what you did well and what you could improve on. Championships are won on the guy who is the best for the year. You can’t get to the end and say “If we’d won those last four races we would have won the championship.” For me, you look at our tyre issues at Bathurst. That was a definite killer. Triple Eight started off weaker than we did,

but at the mid-season point, they came on strong. I was surprised, actually, that they were able to do that. You’ve just got to try and find room to improve. It is obviously pretty close but if you did better things through the year, you’d be the one with the margin and you’d be talking a different story. You can’t really worry about it too much during the season, you have to do the job the whole year. SPEEDCAFE: FPR won seven races in a row at the start of the year. At Phillip Island in May, you guys were on top, but no one has been able to beat Triple Eight since. Can you put your finger on where Triple Eight found the gain?

WINTERBOTTOM: The thing they turned around really quickly was their fuel economy. We had very good fuel economy and definitely beat them with our fuel, but a week later they turned up at the next race and they’d fixed it. That was probably one thing they got on top of really quickly, which I thought would take them a bit of time. They also found some car speed. These cars should be at the end of their development. We know a lot about them and we Continued on page 9 >>


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Races 27/28 - Winton I Cover Story

understand them. If it was a new car, you’d understand them finding a big gain, but they got back on top quickly.

until a couple of weeks before the main race. That will be tough on them and we’ve definitely got an advantage there.

SPEEDCAFE: Looking forward into next year, you guys have been one of your first Car of the Future cars on the track, the team is well on top of the build process and the key staff are remaining in place. Do you feel that this consistency and forward planning mean you’ll start 2013 at the front?

When you look at HRT and Triple Eight, they will have had the same amount of laps as what we have. Regardless, it will be tough,

WINTERBOTTOM: Yeah, hopefully. It’s a completely new car, but we’re in a really good position. We’ve run all of the new components that we’re going to be using next year, but in terms of car speed, it’s hard to know. You can’t do a lot of set-up work until you get the car to yourself. At the moment, we’re sharing a car. But for reliability, everything is running smoothly, and that’s probably the most important thing. There are some teams out there that won’t get their first car on track

and what set-up you have on this year’s cars won’t really translate to next year. Reliability will be important in the first few rounds. We’ll have done a fair bit of testing before then, so we should be in a good position.

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Races 27/28 - Winton I Circuit Info

Winton Motor Raceway Circuit Overview Location: Winton, Victoria Length: 3.0 kilometres Direction: Clockwise Maximum speed: 225km/h Fastest Point: Pit Straight Average Speed: 131km/h Circuit Description Self-billed as ‘The Nation’s Action Track,’ the tight and twisty rural layout features a range of slow corners which combine to make Winton the slowest circuit on the V8 Supercar calendar. Consisting of a total of 12 corners linked by short straights, it was lengthened by a kilometre in 1997. With so many slow corners, having a car that can be kind to its rear tyres is crucial, particularly in the longer races. V8 Supercars Practice/Qualifying Lap Record: Rick Kelly, Holden Commodore VE, 1:21.8487s, 2010 V8 Supercars Race Lap Record: Marcus Marshall, Ford Falcon BF, 1:22.9813s, 2009 Event Format: Friday: Practice: 4 x 30 mins Saturday: Qualifying: 1 x 20 min Race: 1 x 140km (47 laps)

Sunday: Qualifying: 1 x 20 min Race: 1 x 200km (67 laps) Tyre Format: Each car has been allocated four sets of soft and two sets of hard compound tyres for the weekend, with both compounds required to be used in each race. An additional two sets of pre-marked tyres of either compound may also be brought for practice.

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Races 27/28 - Winton I Tech Preview

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his weekend marks the latest point in the year that we’ve ever raced at Winton, so everyone will be dealing with a hotter track than we have there in the past. We’re usually going there in around May or June, and combining that with late afternoon races has usually made for very cold track conditions. All of the Victorian teams, us included, have tested there late in the year before, but we’re not usually doing race length tests at this stage of the season, so I don’t think that gives us any advantage. The Queenslanders certainly shouldn’t be behind the eight-ball when it comes to understanding higher temperatures, no matter what the track. Another difference this year is that, because of the Car of the Future, we haven’t done a test day with our current cars in the weeks leading up to the event like we normally would. To be honest, often when we test there so close to the race meeting we confuse ourselves because the track changes so

much it’s not even funny. Last year there was a drift weekend on just before our test and we were going two seconds slower than we had in the test before. It might turn out to be a good thing that we haven’t tested pre-event this year! Strategy Winton is quite hard on tyres, in both directions, so tyre life is going to be very important, as it always is. The place wears front tyres as much as rear tyres, unlike say Willowbank which only wears the left-rear. You’ve almost got a double hit from degradation because you lose front grip for turn-in and braking as well as the usual effects of losing the rear.


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This is one of the places where Safety Cars are rare, which could open up the strategy a bit. If you have them, they’ll come due to accidents in the first couple of laps. Unless it’s really wet in the infield it’s the type of place where people can have an off and rejoin without too much trouble.

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That presents the real possibility of running the soft tyres first, providing you have a good qualifying position and can make the most of them early. It’s a bit like Darwin in that respect.

The best we can do is try our best and see what we get. All three of our drivers are certainly ready to have a go, I can tell you that.

I think we’ll see a lot of guys doing their learning on Saturday and then applying those lessons to Sunday. The weather looks like being pretty good and giving us track temperatures in the 30s or 40s for both days, so what you learn on one day should transfer pretty well to the next.

TeamVodafone are obviously going to be strong, and HRT have done a big step recently so they’ll be pretty close. We’ll just have to wait and see where everyone ends up.

It’s no secret that FPR hasn’t had a lot of success at Winton before, but it’s not as if the team hasn’t been competitive, it’s just not put it all together on the day.


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Races 27/28 - Winton I Did you know

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uch is made of the ‘home track advantage’ for Victorian teams at Winton Motor Raceway given they regularly test there, but the Queensland teams have scooped the majority of the silverware in recent years. The ‘invaders’ have won nine of the last 13 V8 Supercar races at Winton with six wins to TeamVodafone and three to Jim Beam Racing. However, it’s only been in recent years that the Queensland teams have regularly got on top of their Victorian counterparts. On the whole across the five-litre V8 era since 1993, the Victorian teams have won 26 of the 40 races (65%), while Queensland-based squads have won 14 (35%). Victorian teams have taken 13 of the 20 pole positions, which also equates to a 65% success rate. Last year saw honours even in both qualifying and the races, with the poles shared between TeamVodafone’s Craig Lowndes and Ford Performance Racing’s Mark Winterbottom, and the races won by TeamVodafone’s Jamie Whincup and Team BOC’s Jason Bright.

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he Bottle-O Racing Team and Racing Entitlements Contract owner Rod Nash is on target to win the Most Improved Award in the V8 Supercars Championship for the second time in three years. First awarded in 2006, the accolade recognises the improvement of a particular team and its entry over the course of 12 months. It is judged from the final championship results year-to-year. The team’s #55 Falcon finished 24th in last year’s championship in the hands of Paul Dumbrell and this year sits ninth in the points in the hands of David Reynolds - an improvement of 15 positions. Ironically, the team also won the award in 2010 after Dumbrell had improved the #55 entry from finishing 24th in 2009 (when Nash’s REC was leased out to Tony D’Alberto’s team) to ninth in 2010. The nearest contender in 2012 is the #14 Brad Jones Racing entry, driven under the Lockwood Racing banner this year by Fabian Coulthard. Last year it finished 22nd in the hands of Jason Bargwanna and it currently sits 10th in the championship - an improvement of 12 positions over where the car finished in 2011.

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ill Davison has moved to the front in the fight for the Armor All Pole Position Award - which sees the driver with the most poles for 2012 receive a $20,000 prize. The Tradingpost FPR pilot took three poles in Abu Dhabi to move his season tally to eight - two clear of Jamie Whincup - and that leaves he and Whincup the only drivers able to win the award. With four poles still available at Winton and Sydney Olympic Park, it’s still very much up for grabs. Whincup has had a stranglehold on the award having won it for the last four years straight.


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eamVodafone could seal the 2012 Champion Team Award at Winton and win the team’s title for the fourth time in five seasons. TeamVodafone currently has a 513 point lead over Ford Performance Racing and will clinch the Teams Championship if it leaves Winton 576 points or more in front of FPR with only the Sydney Telstra 500 remaining. The maximum any team can score in a race at Winton or Sydney Olympic Park is 288 points, with 150 for a victory and 138 for a second place.

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he penultimate round of the Dunlop Series is the primary support category at Winton. Ford Performance Racing’s Chaz Mostert leads by just 20 points over Fujitsu Racing’s Scott McLaughlin, with Bathurst round winner Nick Percat third in the Coates Hire Commodore and 124 points behind Mostert. Monster/Triple Eight pilot Scott Pye is four points behind Percat in fourth with Luke Youlden sitting fifth. Youlden has received a pre-event boost to his hopes of breaking through for his first victory of the season with news that he’ll step into Matthew White Motorsport’s FG model Falcon previously raced by Tim Blanchard.


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The Bagman’s Say

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

They may not test here, but Triple Eight cars have a strong recent record at Winton, winning nine of the last 13 races in the hands of both TeamVodafone and Dick Johnson Racing. Jamie Whincup has a real chance of wrapping up his fourth title this weekend, needing only four points more than Mark Winterbottom to do so. While Whincup will be determined not to see the title go down to the final round, FPR is highly likely to be TeamVodafone’s greatest threat this weekend, so there’s little scope for Whincup to change his mindset away from going for victories. Craig Lowndes meanwhile scored a pole here last year but has struggled with car set-up at each of the last three events and will be doing well to see the podium.

#1 Jamie Whincup Team: TeamVodafone Born: 6 February 1983 V8SC debut: Queensland, 2002 Starts: 265 Wins: 63 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: 467 Wins: 87 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 27/28 - Winton I Driver Profiles

The Bagman’s Say

Walkinshaw Racing Base: Clayton, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Walkinshaw Racing Engines: Walkinshaw Racing Team principal: Steve Hallam

This weekend should show just how much improvement the Walkinshaw Racing squad has made in the last three months. Garth Tander was very strong here by the end of the weekend last year, going toe-to-toe with Jamie Whincup for much of Sunday’s race before both were gazumped by Jason Bright in the closing stages. While recent form indicates that beating TeamVodafone and Ford Performance Racing to score the squad’s first victory in 13 months is unlikely, eight top 10s from his last nine starts including five top fives - suggests Tander won’t be far away. James Courtney and Russell Ingall have both shown some promise over recent events but this stop-start, qualifyingdependent circuit will prove challenging for both.

#2 Garth Tander Team: Toll Holden Racing Team Born: 31 March 1977 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 1998 Starts: 436 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: 215 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: 501 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 27/28 - Winton I Driver Profiles

The Bagman’s Say

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

Stone Brothers Racing had an outstanding weekend last time out in Abu Dhabi, where Shane van Gisbergen and Tim Slade combined to double the team’s season podium tally to six. Slade and Lee Holdsworth meanwhile both scored their season-best qualifying positions. Unfortunately, the contrast between Yas Marina and Winton is stark, so little can be expected to transfer from one circuit to the other. Meanwhile, between event speculation on the commitment of its driver’s to the team’s 2013 guise meanwhile could prove destabilising, especially for van Gisbergen’s side of the garage. In all, top 10 qualifying and finishing positions for any of these three should be considered strong results this weekend.

#4 Lee Holdsworth Team: IRWIN Racing Born: 2 February 1983. V8SC debut: Sandown, 2004 Starts: 223 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: 160 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: 105 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

Adding to its win tally may be all that’s left for Ford Performance Racing in season 2012 with Jamie Whincup and TeamVodafone on the verge of wrapping up the drivers’ and teams’ titles respectively. The squad has only beaten TeamVodafone once in the last 15 starts, but should be confident of scoring a maiden victory on its home circuit this weekend. Its 2011 Winton campaign is remembered for Mark Winterbottom’s disastrous run on the soft tyres on Sunday, but as has been said repeatedly this year, the cars have come a long way since then. Recent races suggest that Will Davison will be the pick of this highly competitive trio, but all three are potential winners.

#5 Mark Winterbottom Team: Orrcon Steel FPR Born: 20 May 1981 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2003 Starts: 270 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: 220 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: 87 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2007 Australian Carrera Cup Champion, 2004 Australian Formula Ford Champion, 4th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series


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Races 27/28 - Winton I Driver Profiles

The Bagman’s Say

Kelly Racing Base: Braeside, Victoria Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Kelly Racing Engines: Kelly Racing Team principals: Rick and Todd Kelly

Rick Kelly will be trying his upmost this weekend to give Kelly Racing’s trackside crew some much needed sugar following a very tough season. The 2006 V8 Supercars Champion appears almost certain to miss out on a top 10 finish in the points standings for the first time since his rookie season 10 years ago, currently sitting outside even the top half of the field with four races to go. The team’s past Winton form is mixed, with Kelly taking his squad to a maiden pole here in 2010 before failing to qualify in the top 10 for either race last year. Top 10s for Kelly is about all the team can hope for, with its other three cars highly likely to be towards the back.

#7 Tim Blanchard Team: Jack Daniel’s Racing Born: 21 June 1972 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2010 Starts: 10 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: 80 Wins: 0 Career Highlights: 2004 Australian F3 Champion, 8th 2008 V8 Supercars Development Series, 3rd 2006 A1GP Shanghai Feature Race


Races 27/28 - Winton I Driver Profiles

#15 Rick Kelly Team: Jack Daniel’s Racing Born: 7 January 1983 V8SC debut: Queensland, 2001 Starts: 323 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: 429 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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Races 27/28 - Winton I Driver Profiles

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 looms as the dark horse heading into this weekend. Although the collective understanding of the soft rubber has improved significantly since last time the circus visited Winton, Jason Bright’s win here last year shows just what this team is capable of on home soil. Fabian Coulthard, however, appears a better prospect for a top result, with Bright currently on a run of seven races without a top 10 starting position or finish. Although not quite at the level of his mid-season charge that netted four top fives in the space of five races, Coulthard has finished in the top dozen in each of the last four starts. It won’t be easy, but a return to the top five could well be on for the Kiwi this weekend.

#8 Jason Bright Team: Team BOC Born: 7 March 1973 V8SC debut: Symmons Plains, 1997 Starts: 406 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: 182 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: 32 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 27/28 - Winton I Driver Profiles

The Bagman’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

James Moffat equalled the best finish of the season so far for Dick Johnson Racing with sixth in the third leg of the Abu Dhabi triple-header. Although the performance is unlikely to transfer across to the tight confines of Winton, it should be noted that Moffat was on the pace all weekend at Yas Marina, qualifying 14th, 10th and fifth for the three races. The team will also have relatively fond memories of last year’s Winton event, where Steven Johnson qualified second and third for the two races respectively - converting that speed into a rare podium on Saturday. This year’s form however indicates that running among the top half of the field will make for a good weekend.

#12 Dean Fiore Team: Jim Beam Racing Born: 1 December 1983 V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2009 Starts: 106 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: 411 Wins: 3 Career Highlights: 1st 2001 Queensland 500, 1st 2001 Canberra 400, 5th 2001 V8 Supercars Championship, 6th 2009 V8 Supercars Championship


Races 27/28 - Winton I Driver Profiles

#18 James Moffat Team: Team Norton DJR Born: 1 8 June 1984 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2010 Starts: 56 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: 159 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 27/28 - Winton I Driver Profiles

The Bagman’s Say

Tekno Autosports Base: Stapylton, Queensland Car: Holden Commodore VEII Chassis: Triple Eight Race Engineering Engines: KRE Team principal: Jonathon Webb

Jonathon Webb was in the wars in Abu Dhabi, copping plenty of criticism from his fellow drivers both for contact with Jason Bright that started a multi-car melee in the third race and for the way in which he was repeatedly taking to the circuit’s tarmac run-off areas. Regardless, the #19 Tekno Holden has shown plenty of speed this year, leaving Webb looking for his 12th top 10 of the season this weekend. Six of his current 11 top 10s have come in the last nine races - including Tekno’s maiden podium on the Gold Coast. Team-mate Michael Patrizi meanwhile has also shown speed but has endured a tough run of late and looks to be on the outer heading into 2013. By contrast to Webb, Patrizi is looking for his fourth top 10 of the season and his first in 11 races.

#19 Jonathon Webb Team: Tekno Autosports Born: 10 December 1983 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2006 Starts: 86 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: 87 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 27/28 - Winton I Driver Profiles

The Bagman’s Say

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

There’ll be plenty of eyes on this small team this weekend, as there always is when the championship visits GRM’s home circuit. Michael Caruso has had a difficult spell in recent races appears to be on the move for 2013, but several strong results throughout the season indicate that the #34 Holden can be a top 10, if not top five, contender on its day. Expect top 10s at a minimum here. For Alexandre Premat, Winton is just the second circuit that the Frenchman has been able to test on prior to a race meeting, and he’ll be hoping to turn that experience into improved results, especially in light of the team’s recent decision to ‘rest’ him for the Gold Coast event.

#33 Alexandre Premat Team: Fujitsu Racing GRM Born: 5 April 1982 V8SC debut: Adelaide, 2012 Starts: 24 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: 146 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 27/28 - Winton I Driver Profiles

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

Tony D’Alberto’s pleas for some good fortune following a shocking run across the three two-driver events were answered in Abu Dhabi, where the Hiflex Ford narrowly escaped being drawn into the Webb/Bright/Reindler/Fiore fracas. TDR is another local squad that’ll have high hopes for results this weekend - the penultimate event in its two-year link-up with Ford Performance Racing. While a return to the top 10 will be a stretch, expect this entry to run solidly in the mid-fied.

#3 Tony D’Alberto Team: Tony D’Alberto Racing Born: 9 December 1985 V8SC debut: Sandown, 2005 Starts: 146 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

The Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden is the only one of the nine Triple Eight chassis in the field to test at Winton, and Taz Douglas will undoubtedly benefit from having completed pre-event mileage at here before making his first main game start at the circuit. While there is also a healthy buzz currently around this team thanks to speculation that it’ll expand to two cars in 2013, it’s hard to see Douglas making much of an impact on the top 20 this weekend.

#30 Taz Douglas Team: Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Born: 11 February 1985 V8SC debut: Phillip Island, 2009 Starts: 31 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 27/28 - Winton I Race Stats

V8 Supercars Championship Points Top 28 after 26 of 30 races

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Pts

1

Jamie Whincup

TeamVodafone

Holden Commodore VE

3360

2

Mark Winterbottom

Orrcon Steel FPR

Ford Falcon FG

3064

3

Craig Lowndes

TeamVodafone

Holden Commodore VE

2971

4

Will Davison

Trading Post FPR

Ford Falcon FG

2779

5

Shane Van Gisbergen

SP Tools Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2434

6

Tim Slade

Lucky 7 Racing

Ford Falcon FG

2319

7

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

2232

8

Lee Holdsworth

IRWIN Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1913

9

David Reynolds

The Bottle-O Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1875

10

Fabian Coulthard

Lockwood Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1843

11

James Courtney

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

1811

12

Russell Ingall

Supercheap Auto Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1738

13

Michael Caruso

Fujitsu Racing GRM

Holden Commodore VE

1635

14

Rick Kelly

Jack Daniel’s Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1606

15

Jonathon Webb

Tekno Autosports

Holden Commodore VE

1573

16

Jason Bright

Team BOC

Holden Commodore VE

1506

17

Steven Johnson

Jim Beam Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1459

18

Todd Kelly

Jack Daniel’s Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1263

19

Michael Patrizi

Tekno Autosports

Holden Commodore VE

1184

20

Dean Fiore

Jim Beam Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1182

21

Steve Owen

VIP Petfoods Racing

Ford Falcon FG

1132

22

James Moffat

Team Norton DJR

Ford Falcon FG

1060

23

David Wall

Wilson Security Racing

Holden Commodore VE

1013

24

Tony D’Alberto

Tony D’Alberto Racing

Ford Falcon FG

990

25

Taz Douglas

Team iSelect

Holden Commodore VE

918

26

Karl Reindler

Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing

Holden Commodore VE

886

27

Alexandre Premat

Fujitsu Racing GRM

Holden Commodore VE

874

28

Greg Murphy

Pepsi Max Crew

Holden Commodore VE

649


Races 27/28 - Winton I Race Stats

2012 SEASON STATISTICS Race Wins Jamie Whincup 11, Will Davison 7, Craig Lowndes 5, Mark Winterbottom 3, Warren Luff 1, Paul Dumbrell 1, Sebastien Bourdais 1, Mika Salo 1 Pole Positions Will Davison 8, Jamie Whincup 6, Craig Lowndes 5, Mark Winterbottom 3, 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, Jonathon Webb 2, James Courtney 1, Will Davison 1, Russell Ingall 1, Lee Holdsworth 1, David Reynolds 1, Shane van Gisbergen 1 Podiums Jamie Whincup 22, Mark Winterbottom 17, Will Davison 16, Craig Lowndes 10, 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

Results overview Qualifying Results

Race Results

#

Driver

Best

Worst

Average Best

Worst

Average

1

Jamie Whincup

1

10

3.4

1

26

3.7

2

Garth Tander

1

24

9.9

3

28

10.2

3

Tony D'Alberto

5

26

15.7

8

28

18.7

4

Lee Holdsworth

4

25

12.8

4

27

12.3

5

Mark Winterbottom

1

10

3.9

1

23

4.3

6

Will Davison

1

9

3.0

1

25

6.6

7

Todd Kelly

11

25

17.9

8

23

15.5

8

Jason Bright

2

27

15.5

3

28

15.3

9

Shane Van Gisbergen

2

18

8.1

2

22

8.5

11

Karl Reindler

20

28

25.3

14

27

21.5

12

Dean Fiore

11

27

21.0

11

25

18.6

14

Fabian Coulthard

5

20

10.5

4

27

12.3

15

Rick Kelly

3

23

13.2

5

27

15.0

17

Steven Johnson

7

24

16.3

10

27

16.0

18

James Moffat

5

28

16.1

6

28

19.5

19

Jonathon Webb

2

23

10.8

2

28

14.9

21

David Wall

18

28

24.7

14

28

21.4

22

James Courtney

6

28

14.6

4

28

13.5

30

Taz Douglas

8

28

23.7

12

27

21.5

33

Alexandre Premat

11

28

21.0

13

28

21.4

34

Michael Caruso

4

22

14.9

4

27

14.9

47

Tim Slade

4

20

11.7

3

21

8.8

49

Steve Owen

4

26

14.7

6

28

18.0

51

Greg Murphy

17

28

23.5

11

27

19.6

55

David Reynolds

1

17

6.7

2

26

13.0

66

Russell Ingall

5

28

18.1

4

28

13.9

91

Michael Patrizi

7

28

18.3

5

29

16.5

888

Craig Lowndes

1

20

6.8

1

28

5.6

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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Past Winton Race Winners Year

Driver

Team

Car

2011

Jason Bright

Brad Jones Racing

Holden Commodore VEII

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Holden Commodore VEII

James Courtney

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon FG

James Courtney

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon FG

Craig Lowndes

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon FG

Craig Lowndes

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon FG

Garth Tander

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VE

Will Davison

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon BF

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BF

Garth Tander

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VE

Garth Tander

Toll HSV Dealer Team

Holden Commodore VE

Jamie Whincup

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BF

Craig Lowndes

Triple Eight Race Engineering

Ford Falcon BA

Jason Richards

Tasman Motorsport

Holden Commodore VZ (reverse grid)

2004

Cameron McConville

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VY

2003

Marcos Ambrose

Stone Brothers Racing

Ford Falcon BA

2002

Jason Bright

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

Jason Bright

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

Jason Bright

Holden Racing Team

Holden Commodore VX

Russell Ingall

Perkins Engineering

Holden Commodore VX

Greg Murphy

Kmart Racing

Holden Commodore VX

Jason Bargwanna

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VT

Glenn Seton

Ford Tickford Racing

Ford Falcon AU

Garth Tander

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VT

Jason Bargwanna

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VT

Jason Bargwanna

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VT

Jason Bargwanna

Garry Rogers Motorsport

Holden Commodore VT

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EL

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EL

Russell Ingall

Perkins Engineering

Holden Commodore VS

Russell Ingall

Perkins Engineering

Holden Commodore VS

Russell Ingall

Perkins Engineering

Holden Commodore VS

Larry Perkins

Perkins Engineering

Holden Commodore VS

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EF

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Falcon EF

Glenn Seton

Glenn Seton Racing

Ford Falcon EB

Glenn Seton

Glenn Seton Racing

Ford Falcon EB

Glenn Seton

Glenn Seton Racing

Ford Falcon EB

Glenn Seton

Glenn Seton Racing

Ford Falcon EB

Mark Skaife

Gibson Motorsport

Nissan GTR

Mark Skaife

Gibson Motorsport

Nissan GTR

1991

Jim Richards

Gibson Motorsport

Nissan GTR

1990

Jim Richards

Gibson Motorsport

Nissan Skyline GTS-R

1989

George Fury

Gibson Motorsport

Nissan Skyline GTS-R

1988

John Bowe

Dick Johnson Racing

Ford Sierra RS500

1986

Jim Richards

JPS Team BMW

BMW 635csi

1985

Jim Richards

JPS Team BMW

BMW 635csi

2010 2009 2008

2007

2006

2001 2000

1999

1998

1997

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Races 27/28 - Winton 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


Races 27/28 - Winton I Event Schedule

Schedule of Events Friday Start 0730 0800 0830 0900 0955 1035 1100 1130 1210 1305 1330 1405 1430 1500 1545 1605 1640 1705 1700

Finish Category Dunlop Series 0830 V8 Supercars V8 Supercars 0940 Dunlop Series 1025 V8 Supercars 1055 Formula Ford 1120 Aussie Racing 1200 V8 Supercars 1250 Dunlop Series 1325 V8 Utes 1400 V8 Supercars 1425 V8 TV Session 1450 Formula Atlantic 1530 V8 Supercars 1605 Dunlop Series 1635 V8 Supercars 1700 V8 Utes 1725 V8 Utes Dunlop Series

1730

Duration

40 minutes 30 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes 40 minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 30minutes 20 minutes 30 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes

V8 Supercars

Sunday Session Scrutineering Document Check Scrutineering Practice 1 Practice – Part 1 Practice 1 Practice 1 Practice – Part 2 Practice 2 Practice 1 Practice - Part 3 Practice 1 Practice – Part 4 Meeting Rides Meeting Rides Practice 2 Meeting Rides Drivers & Competitors Briefing Drivers & Competitors Briefing

Saturday Start 0900 0925 1010 1035 1100 1125 1155 1220 1325 1415 1450 1515 1545 1550 1555 1605

Finish 0920 0955 1030 1055 1120 1145 1215 1240 1345 1435 1505 1535

Category Formula Ford Dunlop Series Aussie Racing Formula Atlantics V8 Utes Formula Ford Aussie Racing Formula Atlantic V8 Supercars Dunlop Series Formula Ford V8 Utes V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars

Duration 20 minutes 30 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 12 laps 15 minutes 20 minutes 20 Minute

47 laps or 1 lap after 1715

Session Practice 2 Qualifying (post) Qualifying 1 Qualifying 1 Qualifying 1 (post) Qualifying 1 Race 1 (TX) T/C Race 1 Qualifying (TX) Race 1 (post) Race 1 Race 1 (TX) T/C Signal Pit Exit Open Pit Exit Closed Race 27 – 140km (LIVE)

Start Finish 0855 0915 0930 1005 1030 1100 1120 1150 1215 1240 1300 1335 1415

0950 1025 1055 1115 1140 1210 1235 1255 1320 1355 1435

1450 1505 1510 1515 1535

Category Course & Safety Car Rides Dunlop Series Aussie Racing Cars V8 Utes Formula Ford Formula Atlantics Aussie Racing Cars V8 Utes Formula Ford V8 Supercars Formula Atlantics Dunlop Series Dunlop Series

Duration 20 minutes

Session

12 laps 20 minutes 25 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes 20 minutes 12 laps 10 minutes

Race 2 (post) Race 2 Race 2 (post) Race 2 Race 2 Race 3 (TX) Race 3 (post) Race 3 T/C Qualifying (TX) Race 3 Race 3 (post) Podium

Aussie Racing Cars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars V8 Supercars

15 minutes

Race 4 T/C Fuel Check Signal Race 28 – 200km (LIVE)

20 Minute 67 laps or 1 lap after 1715

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