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2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Coates Hire Ipswich

SuperSprint Friday – Queensland Raceway

Article and Images by Rhys Vandersyde

The V8 Supercars Championship have made their second consecutive trip to Queensland, this time to Ipswich’s Queensland Raceway for the seventh round of the 2015 season.

Fans and teams were greeted with a heavy fog Friday morning which delayed the first on track sessions for the support categories. However by the time the V8 Supercars took to the track the sun was shining.

Preview

While the Ipswich track’s layout looks simple, it offers some unique challenges for the engineers, with big bumps and heavily loading biased to one side of the car. Queensland Raceway is the home test track for Red Bull Racing Australia, Tekno Autosports, DJR Team Penske and Erebus Motorsport which has given them a distinct advantage in the practice sessions.

Co-Driver Session

With only one month until the endurance races start, Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600,, some of the Pirtek Enduro Cup Co-Drivers will get some much needed seat time over the weekend. The opening 30 minute practice session was specifically dedicated to signed and potential co-drivers.

While a number of international drivers weren’t able to make this test session, 23 drivers took to the track. Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport used the session to evaluate Aaron Russell and Karl Reindler for their remaining seat with Tim Blanchard. Oliver Gavin has already been confirmed to line up with Nick Percat in the other Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport car).

Fastest in the session was Dean Fiore in Michael Caruso’s Nissan Altima (Nissan Motorsport). Dean Canto will again partner with David Reynold’s in the Bottle-O Racing Ford Falcon (Prodrive Racing Australia), was second fastest at the end of today’s session. Steve Owen will line up alongside Mark Winterbottom in the Pepsi Max Ford Falcon (Prodrive Racing Australia) was third quickest.

Images by Rhys Vandersyde

Practice 1

Immediately following the co-driver session, the main drivers were given their first 60 minute practice session to get back up to speed with the Queensland Raceway circuit.

With the cars already warm, most of the drivers used the session as a test, rather than seeking out outright speed. All teams electing to run old worn tyres to save their new ones for the later session.

Scott McLaughlin was fastest at the end of the first practice in his Volvo S60 (Wilson Security Racing GRM) followed closely by the two Erebus Motorsport Mercedes E63 AMG’s of Ashley Walsh and Will Davison.

Practice 2

The second 60 minute practice session would give a truer indication of who had pace with everyone running a set of brand new Dunlop hard tyres throughout the session.

At the end of the session it was Ford’s Chaz Mostert (Pepsi Max Crew/Prodrive Racing Australia) who was the fastest with a 1:09.4881. Tim Slade (Supercheap Auto Racing) represented Holden with the second fastest time with Scott McLaughlin (Wilson Security Racing GRM) third fastest for Volvo.

All manufactures were represented in the top 5 with Nissan’s Todd Kelly (Nissan Motorsport) and Mercedes’ Ashley Walsh (Erebus Motorsport) setting the fourth and fifth fastest times respectively.

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