Supersprint at Barbagallo Raceway - Perth
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Perth SuperSprint – Team PAYCE Look Forward to a Massive Race Meeting - Preview with Brian Boyd
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd says this coming weekend round of Supercars at the challenging Barbagallo Raceway, located 45 kilometres north of Perth promises to be another exciting round.
The new Dunlop rubber will play a big role in the weekend of racing in Perth. Data from the last season is out the window as the teams take to the challenges of setup for the first practice sessions. Brian Boyd and Team PAYCE are set for an exciting race meeting at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth.
Close Qualifying Almost a Certainty - Brian Boyd
"Close racing on the undulating track is almost assured, as was the case last year when the first 21 cars qualified within half a second of each other for Sunday's race," Brian Boyd said.
"Team PAYCE members, Garth Tander and James Moffat sit in 6th and 10th positions respectively in the Drivers Championship, while the Wilson Security Racing GRM team is in a commendable 4th place in the Teams Championship.
"Along with these latest results, the GRM team's confidence builds with each meeting as they continue with the development of the two new Holden Commodores," Mr. Boyd continued.
Tyre Degradation Always Plays a Big Role - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said pit stop timing and tyre degradation always play a big role at this circuit and with the new Dunlop tyre issue still fresh in everyone's mind from the recent Phillip Island round, there could be some interesting results.
"The extent of tyre problems experienced at Phillip Island is unlikely to be repeated as the load and wear conditions are not as severe at Barbagallo, but tyre strategy will be important as the track has a reputation for being hard on tyres," Mr. Boyd said.
"Weatherwise, there is a slight chance on Friday of some showers, but for the remainder of the meeting the forecast is for fine, mild conditions."
Team Hoping to Emulate Podium Finish From Last Year - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said the Wilson Security Racing GRM team enjoyed a podium finish at the track last year, albeit with Scott McLaughlin in the Volvo.
"As has been the case with the rounds to date, the data gathered with the Volvos here and over the past three years has little or no application to the team's new Commodores, so they will start afresh from the first practice session on Friday," projected Brian Boyd.
"Fortunately, there were no major repairs required after Phillip Island, so the team has been able to concentrate on putting together a race program for Barbagallo."
Unknown Setup Parameters Sure to Add to the Spectacle - Brian Boyd
The Supercars action gets underway at midday local time with the first practice session of 45 minutes, followed by a second 45 minute practice session mid-afternoon. The unknown setup parameters will certainly add to the spectacle of the practice sessions with Team PAYCE drivers getting to grips with the 2017 machinery. Brian Boyd is confident the drivers will find the right balances and come home strong at Perth.
Saturday kicks off with a third and final 45 minute practice session early in the morning, the a 15 minute qualifying session at midday and the first of two championship races over 50 laps at 2.45pm local time.
Sunday's program has the Supercars back on the track for qualifying at 10.55am, with a race start scheduled for 2.15pm and covering 50 laps.