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The Supercar series moves to its only Western Australia race meeting this weekend at Barbagello. The fifth round of the 2018 Championship is for some teams the longest haul they have to make, some do trump this with the run to Darwin next month.
The Perth circuit has a few characteristics only seen at this round, it’s the second shortest track after Symmons Plains (Google states by 1metre!!), it’s also built effectively within sand dunes and its this feature that makes it very interesting for the teams. Sand lines the sides of the track and unlike anywhere else the sand traps are just that, sand traps!
When a car runs wide or actually enters the trap there are spade fulls of sand bought back onto the racing line, this makes for a slippery but more importantly an abrasive surface, tyre wear (degradation) and how well a team and driver can manage the limited number of tyres for the round.
This weekend will again see the new “shorter” track qualifying system in place again, a bit like MotoGP and F1 combined.
Going into the Round Shell V-Powers Scott McLaughlin leads the Championship from Erebus driver David Reynolds and Red Bull Holden’s Shane van Gisbergen, all the talk for the couple of weeks has been about the Ford Mustang coming into play next year. A few days ago images of a “supposed” Camaro made the headlines, and we have to say here at Velocity we saw mixed comments, but nowhere near the amount of chat across our Social Media, less than 10% in fact, we guess the opinion is its not really a Holden anymore. Time will tell.
The Supercars have two races this weekend as the Perth SuperSprint, the last round at Phillip Island saw McLaughlin completely dominate the event from qualifying and both race wins he was pretty jubilant as expected. Probably more so was Nissans Rick Kelly, scoring podiums in both races, it will be interesting to see how the speed of the Nissan pans out here in Perth, Kelly made for great banter in the post race press conferences, and as Journo’s we’d like to see more banter from him, and David Reynolds who was second on Sunday in the press room, we get some great stories from these drivers.
Supporting the Supercars the weekend is the Dunlop Super2 class, leading the championship for the second tier class is Paul Dumbrell, chasing behind is Chris Pither and Kurt Kostecki. Also joining in this weekend are the Stadium Super Trucks, we’ve not seen the American class since the first round at the Adelaide 500, this is their 7 & 8 Round in the world series.
Two local classes round out the undercard with the Saloon Cars having the traditional Ford vs Holden battle, and the only single seater class this weekend is the WA Formula Ford.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for our updates and reports as well as our Perth SuperSprint photo gallery. We’ll also have a couple of driver chats along the way.