WOODSTOCK WINTON SUPERSPRINT
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Team PAYCE Hunting for Good Results at Winton - V8 Supercars Race Event Preview
The Virgin Australia Supercars action heads back to the east coast this weekend to the complex 3 kilometre track that is Winton Motor Raceway, located north-east of Melbourne.
Three Team PAYCE drivers will be competing across the V8 Supercars and Touring Car Masters categories, while three others will get tracktime in the practice session for potential co-drivers in the enduro races later in the year.
The Wilson Security Racing GRM (Cyan Racing) team is back on home ground and looking to continue their good performances this season. Scott McLaughlin and James Moffat have each tasted success at Winton in the past, and will be out to reassure their fans that the Volvos are more than in the hunt for this year's championship despite last week's disappointing news from Polestar.
Scott will celebrate a key milestone at the event, with Winton being his 50th round in Supercars since debuting in 2012.
Team PAYCE Arrive in Winton after Perth with Solid Expectations
The Wilson Security Racing GRM (Cyan Racing) team left Perth with some solid results, including a to the wire finish in the Sunday race that saw Scott hunting down Winterbottom for the race lead in the final laps, but in the end having to settle for second place.
As PAYCE's Managing Director, Brian Boyd said: "The times across practice, qualifying and racing were incredibly tight all weekend and a lot depended on strategies in the pits to make the difference, especially as all the teams had to deal with tyre degradation and the changing weather conditions.
Scotty Close for the Win in Perth – Brian Boyd
"Scotty's drive in the Sunday race was exciting to watch and if the race had been just a couple of laps longer, I think he would have pulled off a win," said Brian Boyd.
The team heads to Winton with much pressure removed in regards to the announcement from Polestar only days prior to the Perth event. Garry spent a lot of time talking with the team in Perth and since then, reassuring them about the ongoing future of the team post-2016. Garry and the drivers played it straight in the many interviews they did over the Perth weekend and to their credit focussed on the racing and putting on a great show for the fans.
James has great memories of the Winton track where he won his first Supercars race.
James` Talent will Shine Through – Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said: "James has settled well into the GRM team and looks comfortable in the Volvo now. This is being reflected in his fast-improving times and performances as the championship unfolds.
"In Perth, his times were close to the frontrunners, so with a fair share of luck this weekend his talent will shine through and he could be in for a good result," continued Mr. Boyd.
With a largely untested new track surface at Winton and some corners re-profiled, all teams face a similar challenge they had in Perth with regards to pit timings, so team strategies will play as big a role as the on-track racing over the weekend. The lap times could be up to three seconds faster on the updated track, judging by testing at the track in February. All teams will be looking at the first day's practice times and tyre wear for guidance throughout the weekend.
Ingredients are there for some Great Racing – Brian Boyd
"With extra tyre grip and higher speeds than previously, all the ingredients are there for some great racing and maybe some surprise results," Brian Boyd said.
'We've already seen eight different winners of nine races and there are still some well-credentialed drivers yet to chalk up a win," conceded Mr. Boyd.
The 120 kilometre race on Saturday comes with a compulsory pit stop to change four tyres and then on Sunday a 200 kilometre race will require at least two mandatory pit stops.
Young PAYCE-supported Dunlop Series driver, Macauley Jones has been given the green light for a co-drive with Tim Blanchard in Team Cool Ride's # 21 Commodore in the upcoming endures. Macauley will be among a number of drivers, including Team PAYCE's David Wall and James Golding, taking part in the additional practice session on Friday.
|Friday 20th May
|1.55pm-2.25pm Additional practice for enduro co-drivers.
2.35pm-3.35pm Practice 1.
4.10pm-5.10pm Practice 2.
|Saturday 21st May
11.45am-12.00pm Practice 3
1.20pm-1.35pm Qualifying race 1
4.00pm-5.10pm Race 1 (40 laps)
|Sunday 22nd May
11.35am-11.55am Qualifying for race 2
1.45pm-3.35pm Race 2 (67 laps)
Go Team PAYCE!