Barbagallo plays host to Round Three V8 Supercars

2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Third Round – Perth SuperSprint

Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde

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Western Australia’s Barbagallo Raceway to the north of Perth, hosts the third round of the 2015 V8 Supercar Championship this weekend.

Holden’s premier teams, Red Bull Racing Australia (Jamie Whincup & Craig Lowndes) and Holden Racing Team (James Courtney & Garth Tander) will be looking to continue their domination of the championship as they currently hold the top four positions in points.

Teams have used the five week break to step up their game against the factory Holden teams.

V8 Supercars News

The biggest news in the paddock since the Tasmanian round is Erebus Motorsport signing the vastly experienced engineer, Campbell Little. Little will be looking to draw on his wealth of knowledge to help propel the Erebus Motorsport Mercedes Benz AMG’s up the grid.

V8 Supercars also implemented a new tyre pressure monitoring system across the entire category.

The new system will prevent teams from running their Dunlop tyre pressures too low. It will also provide teams with a raft of information about the tyres in the future.

The build up to the Pirtek Enduro Cup has started with several teams have confirmed their co-drivers for the three endurance races later in the year.

The biggest signing was Indy Car Driver Sebastien Bourdais (Sebastian Vettel’s former F1 team mate) who will partner Lee Holdsworth at Walkinshaw Racing.

Several teams will be sporting new sponsors/liveries in Perth starting with DJR Team Penske, launching the Penske MTU brand.

New Zealand team Super Black have dropped the silver fern in favour of a Black and Pink Livery for primary sponsor OnlyDomains, while long-time supporter of James Moffat, Toshiba, have stepped up their backing of his Nissan Motorsport Altima, taking over as the primary sponsor.

Images by Rhys Vandersyde

Practice Session One

A perfect Perth day greeted the V8 Supercars teams and fans for the first practice session of the weekend. The 60 minute session allowed some of the teams to run both their main and endurance co-drivers, clocking up valuable track time while locking down their setups for the tricky Barbagallo track.

The session was rather uneventful, except for one moment by Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s Nick Percat who parked his Holden Commodore in the sand at the end of turn one with just five minutes left in the session. Free practice resumed once Percat’s car was recovered.

At the end of the session it was Wilson Security Racing’s David Wall who was fastest in his Volvo S60 after notching up 22 laps in practice. Red Bull Racing Australia’s Craig Lowndes was second fastest in his effort to be the first driver to notch up 100 V8 Supercar race wins.

Practice Session Two

The afternoon’s hour long practice session was another chance for teams and drivers to come to grips with the Barbagallo circuit.

Drivers pushed to find the limits of grip with a number of drivers including Scott Pye (DJR Team Penske) having to be removed from the circuits infamous sand traps.

By the end of the session, it was Tim Slade (Supercheap Auto Racing) with the fastest lap time of 56.7 seconds.

Teams have used the five week break to step up their game against the factory Holden teams.

Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney was second fastest with Ford duo, Mark Winterbottom (Pepsi Max Crew) and David Reynolds (Bottle-O Racing) third and fourth.

V8 Supercars action continues tomorrow in Perth with qualifying and two sprint races.

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