COATES HIRE IPSWICH SUPERSPRINT
- PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.
Ipswich one of the Hardest Tracks to Master – Brian Boyd.
PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd says it is another great weekend of racing coming up with the Supercars action staying up north, this round at Ipswich's Queensland Raceway, the home test track for several south-east Queensland based teams.
"This may be one of the shortest circuits on the championship trail, being just 3.2 kilometres long and only six corners, but most drivers consider it to be one of the hardest to master, where the balance of the car is an all-important factor," Brian said.
"This year, the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 series is one of the support categories and the young aspiring future champions will be keen to put on a good show in front of the Supercars teams."
Supercars – Garth Tander Racing at Ipswich since 1999 – Brian Boyd
Brian said Team PAYCE/PAYNTER DIXON 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 Golding in the second Wilson Security Racing GRM Commodore is also no stranger to the track, having competed in last year's round as a wildcard and before that in Super2 rounds," Brian Boyd said.
"James' wildcard appearance was invaluable and although it was in the previous generation VF Commodore, he will have a good appreciation of the quirks of the track when he rolls out the #34 car for the first practice session on Friday.
"The last round at Townsville was disappointing for the GRM team in general, but no doubt there has been lots of analysing and hard thinking back at the workshop to find those precious tenths of a second that would see the team cars much further up the grid and away from the cut and thrust of the mid-field."
Brian Boyd said on a positive note, James had his best season result to date in Townsville, finishing 17th and 16th in the two races after racing wheel-to-wheel with far more experienced drivers.
"In last year's round at the circuit the GRM team were still coming to grips with the new cars and considering they arrived with a blank data sheet, they performed quite well in the two races.
"In race one, Garth overcame a poor starting position to finish just outside the top ten and wildcard James nursed an injured Commodore home to finish 24th.
"In the longer race two, Garth was set for a good result before a tyre failure had him into the pits and at the rear of the field when he returned to the track," Brian Boyd continued.
"Even so, he worked his way up through the backmarkers to finish 15th, while James drove a steady race and kept away from trouble to come home in 21st place."
Brian said Garth currently sits 14th in the championship, boosted by seven top ten finishers from 18 races. James is currently 24th, but Townsville saw him jump up two positions and a similar performance this weekend should see that progress continuing up the leaderboard.
The Supercars action gets underway on Friday with an Additional Drivers session for enduro co-drivers, then two practice sessions of 45 minutes and a final 45 minute practice session on Saturday morning for the regular Supercars drivers. A short 15 minute qualifying early in the afternoon precedes the first race over 39 laps or 120 kilometres. Sunday's qualifier is marginally longer at 20 minutes with the main race of the weekend held over 65 laps or 200 kilometres.
Go Team PAYCE!