WD-40 PHILLIP ISLAND SUPERSPRINT
- PAYCE Headquarters, Sydney NSW.
V8 Supercars Race Event Preview.
With the 2016 Australian motorsport season now in fully underway, the racing action moves to the wide open spaces of Phillip Island this weekend.
PAYCE supported teams and drivers will be competing in the V8 Supercars (Scott McLaughlin and James Moffat) and V8 Dunlop Series (Richard Muscat, James Golding and Macauley Jones).
The Team have High Hopes for a Solid Weekend of Racing – Brian Boyd.
The WD-40 Phillip Island Super Sprint is the 3rd round of the championship and the Wilson Security Racing GRM (Cyan Racing) team have high hopes for a solid result over the race weekend. Scott has achieved consistent running in the top 10 in earlier rounds, but is yet to secure a podium finish this year.
James Moffat is also meeting the challenges head on with the Volvo S60, as demonstrated by his quickest lap time in the first practice session at Symmons Plains two weeks ago.
Team GRM has delivered some good results at Phillip Island in recent years. Scott won two races in 2014 and collected three podiums (two seconds and a third) in 2015.
The 2016 season to date has seen some disappointments and frustrations for the GRM team, with trifling obstacles preventing the drivers from reaping the full potential from the cars. Fortunately none of the problems have serious repercussions reliability-wise. Even so, Scott sits in a very credible 5th position on the leaderboard after the first two rounds.
As always, Scott has performed consistently well in qualifying sessions and is understandably unsatisfied that the performances to date have not translated into substantial race results.
Hard Tyre Strategy for Phillip Island in Place to Maximise the Opportunities – Brian Boyd.
Scott and James certainly enjoyed racing on the soft tyres at Symmons Plains where it appears to suit the Volvos. Scott's driving style in particular was very suited to the soft tyres. This weekend at Phillip Island will see the field back on hard tyres, which should also suit the set-up plan Scott has been following with his crew for the race meeting.
James continues to give his all in his mission to correct the gap with his team-mate. James will push hard, knowing he has the full support of Scott and the team behind him.
"Once James finds his comfort level, I have no doubt he will be there," Scott said. "At Symmons Plains we were running close together at times and we were both pushing each other."
2016 Field Separated by only a Few Tenths Brings Exciting Racing – Brian Boyd.
It's been noted often this year that the 2016 field is highly competitive. Just a few tenths of a second can mean the difference of qualifying at the front of the grid or languishing well back in the pack.
Any one of ten drivers is in with a good chance of winning at Phillip Island, and the Volvos with their prevailing pace in qualifying and race trim have to be right up there in contention.
The Phillip Island round also sees the introduction of a 120 kilometre (27 laps) race on Saturday at the track. This new format will replace the shorter and generally unpopular 60 kilometre sprints of the past. Due to the high speed corners, the field will be allocated hard tyres for obvious safety reasons.
|Friday 15 April
|2x 1 hour practice sessions (1.55pm and 3.55pm)
|Saturday 16 April
15 minute practice (11.30am)
15 minute qualifying for race1 (1.30pm)
Race 1 27 laps (4.30pm)
|Sunday 17 April
20 minute qualifying for race 2 (11.40am)
Race 2 45 laps (2.10pm)
Go Team PAYCE!