Wilson Security Sandown 500 Race Event 2017 - Melbourne
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Wilson Security Sandown 500 – Team PAYCE Look Forward to a Massive Race Meeting in Melbourne - Sandown 500 'retro' round marks the start of the endurance season - Preview with Brian Boyd
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said the 2016 'retro' round at Sandown Park was a great success and he expects his year's Pirtek Enduro Cup opener to be bigger and better if the latest images of the Supercars field "retro" liveries are any indication.
"The past two weeks has seen a steady stream of announcements of cars and drivers decked out in liveries and period outfits that will bring back many enjoyable memories of great battles and past victories," Brian Boyd commented.
"No doubt there will be further surprises as the weekend unfolds with most teams, many fans and even commentators sporting the "retro" look.
Team Payce - The Sandown 500 will be their Busiest Weekend this Year - Brian Boyd
"For many Team PAYCE members, it will be their busiest weekend this year, especially those doubling up, competing in their usual category and co-driving in the Sandown 500."
Brian Boyd said that with rounds of the Super2 series, the Porsche Carrera Cup and to top it off the Touring Car Masters all on the one bill, the full complement of eight Team PAYCE drivers will be looking forward to the racing.
"In the Garry Rogers' camp, Garth Tander and James Moffat will head up the team's two-car assault in the 161 lap Supercars main event on Sunday along with their co-drivers," Mr. Boyd offered.
"Garth may also take to take to the track in the PAYCE/Wilson Security Super5000 open wheeler for demonstration laps each day of the meeting.
"No pressure, but Garth will also be defending his round win from last year, albeit then with a rival team," Brian Boyd added.
"Richard Muscat will partner James Moffat in the #34 Commodore as well as continue with his good form in the Super2 series, while James Golding will return to racing duties to partner Garth Tander in the #33 Commodore.
"Last year, James Golding had a heart-stopping crash when a deflating tyre resulting in him leaving the track at high speed and cannoning into a tyre barrier. Since then, he has been impressive in Mason's Super2 Commodore in two wildcard Supercars rounds as well as putting in track time in practice sessions.
The Two Commodores look Resplendent in their Retro Liveries - Brian Boyd
"The two Commodores look resplendent in their retro liveries, with the #33 car wearing a similar livery that took Garry to a second place in the Hang Ten 400 in 1980 and the #34 car decked out in the colour scheme of Allan Moffat's car that took third place in that race," said Brian Boyd of the retro themes.
Brian Boyd said he would not be surprised to see Garry and maybe Barry join in the fun sporting some very "interesting" outfits on the weekend.
"Can't wait!" he said.
"Young Team PAYCE member, Macauley Jones will be kept busy with drives in both the Sandown 500 partnering Nick Percat in the Brad Jones Racing #8 Commodore and, as usual, will be behind the wheel of the #14 Super2 Commodore chasing more valuable points in that highly competitive championship."
Co-Driver Choices will play a big role in the Weekend of Endurance Racing - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said the Sandown 500 could see a lot more teams performing well, especially those that have chosen their co-drivers well.
"The endurance races always throw up surprises, and while the sprint races have been dominated by two or three teams, there are some other very strong combinations in this opening round of the Pirtek Enduro Cup that stand a very good chance of winning or at least finishing on the podium," Brian Boyd offered.
Super2 Series will be a Spectacle at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said Richard Muscat and Mason Barbera will fly the Team PAYCE flag for the Wilson Security Racing GRM camp while Macauley Jones will be behind the wheel of the Brad Jones Racing #14 Commodore.
"Richard had three top ten finishes at the track last year, with a fifth place his best result. Macauley was also on form with two top ten results," Mr. Boyd noted.
"Mason continues to settle in and improve with each round and has notched up some top ten finishes as well through the season.
"All three drivers should figure strongly over the weekend, barring incidents, which unfortunately are become a regular occurrence as a result of the tight racing throughout the field," finished Brian Boyd.
David Wall is Enjoying his Best Season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Series - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd said this weekend will certainly put David Wall's own endurance to test as not only is he in the Porsche Carrera Cup round over three races – one of them longer than usual, but David will also be behind the wheel of the Rick Kelly Nissan Altima in the Supercars enduro as co-driver.
"The Sunday race over 25 laps will be the second longest race in the series' history and kicks off the inaugural Endurance Cup which will coincide with the Pirtek Enduro Cup rounds," Boyd said.
"It's good to see the field back up with some healthy number as well with 19 cars gridding up for the sixth round of the championship."
Brian Boyd noted David Wall is enjoying his best season in the series and has a number of round wins to his credit as well as numerous podiums.
"He is in top form at the moment with a clean sweep of the field in the Asian round. His starts off the grid have been impressive and as a result have put him well into contention in most rounds," Mr. Boyd said.
"At last year's Sandown 500 meeting he drove consistently up near the front of each Porsche Carrera Cup race to two podium finishes so he will be keen do a similar job this weekend in the #38 Porsche and possibly grab another win or two."
John Bowe Faces some of his Stiffest Competition all Season in the Touring Car Masters - Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd noted John Bowe will be competing in the fifth round of the PAYCE supported championship over this weekend and faces some of his stiffest competition all season.
"The category was not on the card at last year's event, but obviously the organisers know the crowd appeal of the TCM cars and drivers will no doubt put on a very entertaining, loud and exciting show as they always do," Brian Boyd said.
"John is fully recovered from his Phillip Island crash earlier in the year and continues in top form to lead the championship in the #18 Holden Torana."
Brian Boyd knows his fellow competitors would dearly love to knock him off the top spot on the leaderboard but do it in the nicest possible way with clean racing.
"Of all the categories here this weekend, the drivers totally enjoy not only the close racing but also the camaraderie that has built up over the years, with some of them such as Jim Richards returning to the series and continuing to battle with JB."
Brian Boyd tipped Stephen Johnson in the former Mustang Sally and Jason Gomersall in the Holden Torana A9X to be up amongst the leaders.
"Melinda Price is another popular driver making a welcome return to the category after an absence and she will be behind the wheel of an XA Ford Falcon," Brian Boyd said.
The TCM field are on track on Friday morning for practice and again not long after for qualifying and later in the day for the Dometic TCM Trophy race. They will have race 2 on Saturday and their final race on Sunday Monday to warm up the crowd for the action to follow through the day.