CLIPSAL 500 MEETING IN ADELAIDE - BRIAN BOYD WRAP-UP OF V8 SUPERCARS
- PAYCE Headquarters, Sydney NSW.
Team PAYCE in 2016 features a fusion of young rising stars, experienced racing drivers and, in the case of John Bowe, a true legend in Australian motorsport.
The full roster of Team PAYCE drivers competed in the Clipsal 500 across 4 categories – V8 Supercars, Dunlop Series, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and Touring Car Masters (TCM).
Seen as the traditional season opener, the Clipsal 500 meeting is and one of the toughest circuits of the championship. There were added challenges for the 2016 event with the track conditions. Sunday's last race for the V8 Supercars was run in extreme wet weather conditions with confusion regarding the rules adding to the equation.
Brian Boyd, PAYCE Managing Director, was looking forward to close racing at the 2016 Clipsal 500 Event and was not disappointed. It was a weekend for all to remember with unprecedented challenges and outcomes for all teams.
The Team PAYCE V8 Supercars Drivers for the Clipsal 500:
Scott McLaughlin #33 Volvo S60 Polestar (Wilson Security Racing GRM) (Volvo Polestar Racing)
James Moffat #34 Volvo S60 Polestar (Wilson Security Racing GRM) (Volvo Polestar Racing)
A Great Result for Scott McLaughlin in Round One – Brian Boyd
Round one got off to a flying start for Team PAYCE on Friday with Scott McLaughlin up to pace quickly and posting the quickest lap times in the two practice sessions. Scott ultimately settled for third fastest in both qualifying session for the opening two short sprint races on Saturday. James Moffat used his time on track wisely in order to familiarise himself with the #34 car and to try different car setups. James finished 21st and 16th respectively for the qualifying sessions.
Scott started races one and two on the second row of the grid and surged off the line well in both instances. Scott quickly settled into his racing guise, running just behind the leaders to finally finish in a very credible 4th spot in both races. The races featured safety car intervention and Scott gained momentum through some fast thinking work by the pit crew. James contended with both the new car and the crowded second half of the field, managing to advance on his original starting position to bring the car home in 17th and 15th respectively.
James was Unfortunate with Power Steering Problems – Brian Boyd
With race one and two of the round decided, the team was shooting for a solid result in the final qualifying heat. The aim was the top ten shootout. James' qualifying session was unfortunately disappointing, first missing a corner then being enveloped in smoke and out of contention with a power steering breakdown.
Scott's Qualifying Run Under Pressure was a Spectacle to Witness – Brian Boyd
Scott's race was the polar opposite and up until the final minutes of the session, Scott had been satisfied with his standing in 21st position. After bolting on a new set of hard tyres and with just the one lap left to set a qualifying time, he torpedoed the field to take the top position in the top 10 shootout – as he did again and again in the 2015 season. Scott was unfortunate in the shootout and, unable to match the pace of his quail run, had to settle for 4th on the grid for the final race.
Extreme Weather Conditions Tested the Teams and Machinery – Brian Boyd
As the teams amassed on the staring grid for the final race, Mother Nature set about testing man and machinery to their limit. The rain started while the cars were preparing for their warm-up lap and the bulk of teams, including GRM, quickly swapped to wet weather tyres. As the race got underway, Scott moved quickly up into third position, before an unfortunate collision with the rear of the car in front pushed car number 33 back by 4 positions.
Brian Boyd - A Persistent Scott McLaughlin Charges Back into Race Contention
Come lap 15, Scott had made his way back into the top 5 where he stayed until he switched to slick tyres, taking advantage of the now drying track. On the 35th lap he moved into 2nd position when the race leaders headed to the pits for wet tyres and then gained the top spot when the leading car hit the wall. Scott continued to lead the field until the 42nd lap when the race was suspended and all cars returned to the pit lane.
Interpretation of the Racing Rules Defines the Results – Brian Boyd
With much speculation and differing interpretations of the rules by the teams, the cars restarted the race, running a further two laps before the race was declared over, having exceeded the time restraint for the race. Although Scott was leading the field after the declaration, he was penalised and relegated to position 12 for not having taken on adequate fuel under the racing rules. James in the #34 Volvo had his own race dramas with a return of the power steering issues he suffered earlier in the day. James had to settle for a 22nd position, eventually finishing 10 laps down on the race leaders.
Sunday's Race was one for the Record Books – Brian Boyd PAYCE Motorsport
Sunday saw an extraordinary race and one that will undoubtedly be fiercely debated for some time to come in 2016. The upbeat news for the Volvos is that they are back with true pace and very reliable in the engine department.
Leaderboard after Round 1 - 2016
Go Team PAYCE!