BRIAN BOYD DISCUSSES THE UPCOMING WATPAC TOWNSVILLE 400 - 2017
- Townsville, Queensland.
A Warm Return to Townsville for the Supercars and Super2 Teams - Brian Boyd
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said Supercars and Super2 teams return to Townsville this weekend.
"Team PAYCE members are no doubt looking forward to enjoying the warm weather again and the welcoming hospitality of the city," Mr. Boyd said.
"The weather forecast over the weekend is for cloudy days, no rain and temperatures up to the high 20s, so locals and visitors should be in for a treat.
Reid Park is one of the Best Street Circuits in the Championship - Brian Boyd
"The Reid Park track is 2.86 kilometres in length and is regarded as one of the best street circuits in the championship.
"Add in some bumps, kerbs, heavy braking corners and fast flowing turns and you have the ingredients for interesting competition," Brian Boyd predicted of the weekend.
"Townsville rounds invariably produce two days of exciting racing, including a Supercars top 10 Shootout on Sunday to set the first five rows on the grid in race two."
V8 Supercars Race Weekend Preview with Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd recalls Garry Rogers Motorsport has had mixed results at the Townsville round over the past few years with the Volvos.
"This year the team arrives starting afresh, as it has with all tracks, with very little relevant data carried over that can be applied to the 2017 Commodores," Brian Boyd offered.
"The last round at Darwin three weeks ago showed both the #33 and #34 cars have good race and qualifying pace now.
"The earlier Winton test day proved productive, giving the GRM team the opportunity to try new componentry as well as a range of set-ups.
Garth and James are Producing some Great Results this Season - Brian Boyd
"Wilson Security Racing GRM team drivers, Garth Tander and James Moffat are both producing some great results this season as the team's fourth position in the championship reflects," continued Brian Boyd.
"With some strong individual performances under their belts, Garth goes to Darwin sitting in tenth spot in the Drivers Championship, while James is close behind in twelfth place.
"Garth is also a proven street circuit racer who has been a winner at the Townsville track in the past," Brian Boyd added.
"The GRM team could not have been happier when Moff broke the lap record in race one at Darwin and then qualified for the top 10 Shootout, jumping three spots in the shootout to start third on the grid.
Tyres will Play a Big Role - Brian Boyd.
"Tyres will play a big role this weekend, with teams given an additional four super soft tyres, but four of the 28 tyres will have to be returned after the practice sessions.
"Tyre degradation is relatively high and the left rear wear will need to be watched. Getting heat into the super soft tyres when it counts - in qualifying and in the top 10 Shootout, will be a challenge the drivers face," offered Brian Boyd.
Brian Boyd said another big game-changer over the two races could be the appearance of a safety car and how the engineers factor that into their race plans.
The action gets underway on track on Friday with two 40 minute practice sessions. Saturday sees a 20 minute qualifying session early in the afternoon and a 70 lap, 200 kilometre race later in the day to wrap up the day's program. Sunday kicks off with another 20 minute qualifying session in the morning and the fans' favourite, the top 10 Shootout, after lunch. The feature race of the day will again be a 70 lap, 200 kilometre race to close off the meeting.
Go Team PAYCE!