V8SUPERCAR PREVIEW - Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000


  • PAYCE Headquarters, Sydney NSW.

Wilson Security Racing GRM heads to the mountain with strong performances in the Enduros.

"Justifiably pleased with the strong performances of all four drivers in the recent Sandown 500 enduro qualifying races, Wilson Security Racing GRM team heads to Mt Panorama" remarked Mr Brian Boyd from the PAYCE pit lane at the Bathurst 1000.

"Both Volvos locked out the second row of the grid – their best qualifying result as a team all season and well deserved," added Mr boyd .

"While the final outcome was not all what the team hoped for, Scott and David confirmed their smart pairing by delivering a great 4th place result.

"Unfortunately for both James Moffat and James Golding, they did not get the chance to convert their strong grid position into a good result, with the number 34 Volvo S60 out on lap one as a result of James Golding's high speed crash," he said.

"In the aftermath of James' crash, the GRM team has done a fantastic job in getting the number 34 car fully repaired in record time and I'm sure both drivers will be keen to take to the track for the chance to mix it with the top teams."

Strong performance from car #33 at Sandown - Mr Brian Boyd.

As a result of the strong performance by car #33 at Sandown, Scott has jumped to fourth on the Supercars leaderboard and is still strongly in contention for the championship, as well as being fourth in the Pirtek Enduro Cup. James Moffat did not get a chance to put some points on the board at Sandown, but his strong showing in practice and qualifying confirmed he is now comfortable in the Volvo and could add to his Bathurst achievements, having had three top 10 finishes, including a second place, in the past four years.

Brian Boyd said the Supercars category is extremely competitive with 11 different winners this year.

"There are just tenths and sometimes hundredths of a second difference in lap times between most of the field. Any of the top dozen drivers are potential winners this weekend and there are also a couple of dark horses that can't be dismissed," he said.

"At Bathurst, tyre and pit stop strategies will continue to play a big role, as will any safety car interventions.

"While qualifying close to the front will not be as critical as has been the case with the sprint rounds, ideally those up the front of the grid are more likely to dodge the risky jockeying for positions back in the pack.

V8 Supercars take to Mt Panorama for the Bathurst 1000.

"The weather forecast is for mild, fine conditions, but if that changes then any wet weather will be another major factor that could affect plans.

Brian Boyd said co-drivers will also play a critical role in the success or otherwise of teams.

"The Wilson Security Racing GRM team has a great balance in the very capable and experienced David Wall and upcoming 'rookie', James Golding, who has notched up two impressive wins in the Dunlop Series this year," said Mr Boyd.

Both lead drivers are no strangers to recent good performances at Bathurst. They qualified for the top ten shootout last year, (albeit James was in a Nissan) and improved their positions in the shootout to start 2nd (McLaughlin) and 5th (Moffat) and ultimately finish 5th and 10th respectively. David Wall was on the podium and a class winner in this year's 6 hour race, while James Golding finished 7th in last year's Dunlop Series race at the circuit.

Track Action gets underway ...

Track action gets underway on Thursday with three practice sessions – two for all drivers and one for co-drivers. Friday will be a further two sessions – one for all drivers and one for co-drivers then followed by a 40 minute qualifying session late in the day to set the top ten shootout field. Saturday has a final one hour practice session and then the always exciting top ten shootout in the afternoon to determine to first five rows on the grid for Sunday.

The big race gets underway at 11.10am on Sunday and after 161 laps, the winners of the 2016 Bathurst 1000 will be crowned.

In response to many fans' requests, both Volvos will carry over the retro livery of the 1986 Volvo Dealer Team as unveiled for Sandown.

Go Team PAYCE!