COATES HIRE IPSWICH SUPERSPRINT
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Home track champions battle it out – Brian Boyd.
"This coming weekend the Supercars action switches to Ipswich's Queensland Raceway, the home track for several Supercars teams", noted PAYCE Managing Director Mr Brian Boyd.
"While it may be seen as an advantage to the likes of Red Bull and DJR Penske teams, the majority of drivers and the teams are very familiar with the circuit and should have little trouble dialling in their cars," he said.
Ipswich expansion deal secures Supercar racing in Queensland
"Two pieces of good news this week", noted Brian Boyd – "were the signing of a new deal to keep Ipswich on the Supercars calendar for at least the next three years and equally good news that the track is to be extended as part of a $220 million Ipswich Motorsport Precinct project.
The short 3.12 kilometre 'paperclip' track has just six corners, but challenges the drivers with its series of straights followed by tight corners. "Balance of the car will be an important factor, as will tyre wear and pit stop strategies." Mr Boyd pointed out.
Brian Boyd said the racing promises to be exciting, with the addition of four wildcard entries growing the field to thirty, a number not seen since 2009.
"Four Team PAYCE drivers will be competing across the main feature round and the Touring Car Masters, which will no doubt be a crowd favourite as they battle it out in the fourth round of their championship", commented Mr Brian Boyd.
Inside track on the Pirtek Enduro Cup rounds
"The meeting will also see a special session set aside on Friday for the Enduro co- drivers with the Pirtek Enduro Cup rounds kicking off in September.
"That session will see Team PAYCE drivers, David Wall, Richard Muscat, James Golding and Macauley Jones on track," Brian Boyd said.
"Team PAYCE member, Garth Tander is one of only two drivers to have competed in every one of the rounds at the track since 1999 and he has won on five occasions and been on pole three times over that period".
"James Moffat, also very familiar with the track and had a top 10 finish last year in the Volvo," noted Mr Boyd.
Brian Boyd also noted that James Golding will have his second outing as a Supercars wildcard entry and will drive Mason Barbera's Super2 car with some changes. This will help to bring it closer to the Supercars specifications.
"He acquitted himself well in his first solo appearance at Winton and is expected to continue his impressive record as he prepares for the coming enduro drives," commented Mr Brian Boyd.
Wilson Security Racing GRM team once again face the unknown in setups for the Commodores – Brian Boyd.
"But as they have shown through the season, they quickly get up to speed to the point now where the cars are very competitive, especially in race trim and just need those few extra tweaks to produce consistent good qualifying pace to have them near the front of the pack at race start and away from potential trouble," said Mr Boyd.
"The team's outstanding strategy planning and the performance of the pit crew have been major contributors to their fourth place in the teams championship and are expected to play an important role throughout the weekend," Brian Boyd added.
Action gets underway on Friday with two 45 minute practice sessions. They are back on the track for a third practice session late Saturday morning, followed in the afternoon by a 15 minute qualifying session and then the first race over 39 laps or 120 kilometres to wrap up the day's racing program.
Go Team PAYCE!