WOODSTOCK WINTON SUPERSPRINT - BRIAN BOYD OFFERS INSIGHT INTO THE COMING WEEKEND OF RACING AT WINTON
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Team PAYCE Pushing for Solid Results at Winton - V8 Supercars Race Event Preview 2017 - Brian Boyd
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd says this weekend of racing at Winton promises to be exciting and a great crowd-pleaser with the competition closer than ever and some innovative changes to the Supercars field.
"This coming round of Supercars at Winton Raceway in northern Victoria breaks new ground with the inclusion of three wildcard entrants from the second-tier Dunlop Super2 series added to the usual 26 car line-up," Brian Boyd said in readiness for the event.
Rising Team PAYCE Drivers to Debut in the Supercars at this Historic Event - Brian Boyd
"Making their debut in the premier event as individual drivers will be rising stars and Team PAYCE members, James Golding and Macauley Jones, although both young drivers have participated in past Supercars endurance races as co-drivers.
Super2 Cars Updated for the Supercars Event – Brian Boyd
"The Super2 cars they will drive this weekend have had some upgrades to bring them closer to that of Supercars rules and it will be no surprise to see both boys up in the midfield, barring incidents," said Mr. Boyd.
"Some suspension changes and the super soft tyres will no doubt be appreciated by both drivers.
Brian Boyd said James will steer the Garry Rogers Motorsport #99 Holden Commodore usually driven by Mason Barbera in the Super2 series and re-numbered #31 for this occasion.
"The car is brand new for the season and James chalked up some good results last year so he is expected to perform well, given his good results to date, including a Super2 race win," Brian Boyd said.
James Golding not Worried by a Lack of Running with the New Machinery – Brian Boyd
"From all reports, James sees no problem with the fact he has not raced for five months, or that he has not had the benefit of a pre-test.
"His time behind the wheel of a Holden Commodore Supercar has been limited to a couple of laps at the Sydney pre-season test and 20 laps at Barbagallo during Monday's ride day," offered Boyd.
"James Golding has said it would have been good to get more laps in., but he has been around Winton a few times in the last couple of years being the team's test track so a lack of testing should not be too much of a problem.
"The super soft tyre is going to be the biggest learning curve other than the longer race format, but James has kept his training up and feels as prepared as he can be," said Brian Boyd of his young driver.
GRM Team to Field 3 Cars in the Racing – Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said the additional entry means the Wilson Security Racing GRM team will field three cars in the two races, which will put added pressure on the team garage.
"Garry Rogers has made the point that it will be the first time he has put three cars on the grid in the one category. Given that the team sometimes runs two Super2 cars on the same bill as the Supercars should help with the logistics," Brian Boyd said.
Brian Boyd said Macauley will drive his Super2 #14 Holden Commodore, also with some changes to bring it closer to Supercars specifications.
"The car will have a change to its livery for this and a couple of future events and sport the number 14 for the three wildcard races that Macauley will participate in.
"I know Macauley tested the car at Winton last week and was quite excited by the grip level of the super soft tyres," enthused Brian Boyd.
Macauley Jones said: "The test was really interesting for me. It was my first run in the car with the new Dunlop super soft tyres. I was a big fan of them and it was great to have a go at these new tyres and feel really confident about the tyre grip underneath you.
"I've thought a lot about this event and it's one of those weekends where I'm going to have to drive the best I can. I have no doubt I will learn a lot that will help me move forward in the future, "he said.
Macauley will Benefit From a Dedicated Test Session on Friday - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said Macauley would also have a run in a dedicated session for additional drivers on Friday morning behind the wheel of the BJR team's #8 Holden Commodore driven in Supercars by Nick Percat.
"Macauley will partner Nick in the coming endurance races in the second half of the year," Boyd said.
"While much of the focus will be on the wildcard entries, the two Team PAYCE drivers, Garth Tander and James Moffat will be keen to build on their recent performances that have them placed seventh and tenth on the championship leaderboard," Brian Boyd communicated.
"Both drivers report they feel very comfortable in the new Holden Commodores and every round shows continuing improvement with the team already consistently in the top ten during races.
Early Season Podium Spurs on the GRM Team - Brian Boyd
"The Wilson Security Racing GRM team is currently in fourth position in the Teams Championship and only tenths of a second in lap times away from the in-form teams of Shell V-Power (DJR Penske) and Red Bull Holden Racing.
"Having banked one podium early in the season at Phillip Island will no doubt spur the GRM team on this weekend," Brian Boyd offered when asked of the GRM team chances at Winton for 2017.
The action gets underway on Friday morning with a 30 minute Additional Drivers practice and two 45 minute practice sessions in the afternoon. A third practice session on Saturday morning precedes qualifying followed by race one in the afternoon over 40 laps. Sunday morning features the qualifying session for race two, which follows later in the day over the longer distance of 67 laps.
Go Team PAYCE!