Race 28 2023 Repco Supercars Championship - Vailo 500 For the second year succession, the…
PRESS RELEASE/Shell V-Power – Photo: Darin Mandy
Fabian Coulthard – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 1 – 19th (Fastest Lap: 1m29.9199s)
Scott McLaughlin – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Practice 1 – 5th (Fastest Lap: 1m29.3235s)
RECAP: The opening session of the Sydney SuperNight 300 saw the full Supercars field roll out in darkness for the first time since 2011. With the 3.9km long circuit lit by 50 temporary lighting towers, the Shell V-Power Racing Team spent the session ensuring the various systems and processes put in place for working in the dark were operational, before turning attention to pace. A Top-10 time in combined practice times will be extra important this weekend, with the new-for-2018 three-part qualifying system in play. Setting a practice time inside the Top 10 will see drivers automatically enter into the Q2 qualifying session, skipping the opening Q1 session entirely. The team has a bit of work to do overnight, with McLaughlin finishing the session fifth and Coulthard 19th. The second and final practice session of the meeting will be tomorrow afternoon, before the three-part qualifying session and 300km race starting at 7:20pm tomorrow evening.
COULTHARD QUOTE: “Pretty cool to drive this track at night under lights. It’s going to be a great spectacle in the race tomorrow night. We’ve got a bit of work to do, but the team will work hard tonight and tomorrow and we’ll get it sorted for quali and the race.”
MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “That was wild. Everything comes up really quick. I did some night go-karting stuff last week, but this is very different to what I’m used to. It was unreal. A really cool spectacle. I hope the fans really like it. It was a bit tough at the start to spot braking markers and turn-in points, but after a few laps I got used to it and we could press on.”
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