VIDEO | Wet Start To V8 Supercars in Tasmania

2015 V8 Supercars Championship | Tyrepower Tasmania Supersprints

(Preview and Practice 1 and 2)

Article and Images | Rhys Vandersyde -

Tasmania’s Symmons Plains Raceway just outside of Launceston, hosts the second round of the V8 Supercars Championship this weekend.

With Holden drivers claiming the top six positions in the championship, Ford’s Pepsi Max Crew will be looking to continue their dominance from the non-championship round at Albert Park two weeks ago.

V8 Supercars News

The biggest news to hit the V8 Supercars paddock was the departure of Marcos Ambrose from the DJR Penske Ford Falcon team.

Ambrose when interviewed said “by stepping down and letting a driver with more recent V8 Supercars experience (Pye), it will help the team to (further) develop the new FGX Falcon chassis”

At this stage it’s not clear when and if Ambrose will return to the team full time although he is still scheduled to race in the endurance series later in the year. Stepping in for Ambrose will be Scott Pye although this may only be for this round.

MyDrive | V8 Supercars - Tasmania

MyDrive | V8 Supercars – Tasmania

David Wall returns to his Volvo S60 Polestar after sitting out of the Australian Grand Prix support races with a burn injury to his foot.

Nick Percat moves to a new Holden Commodore at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport (LDM) after a horrific crash during the rolling start at the Grand Prix.

LDM purchased one of the spare chassis’ from Tekno Autosports (Team Darrell Lea) which had been sitting dormant since the team scaled back to one car in 2014.

Due to the extensive damage bill and only having two weeks to repair the Commodore, Percat’s car will eventually be repaired and return later in the year.

Super Black Racing used the time between rounds wisely to upgrade Andre Heimgartner’s Ford Falcon from the FG model to the latest FGX specification.

Images by Rhys Vandersyde

Practice Session One

Teams were greeted with wet and tricky conditions during the first practice session, with drivers pushing the limits only to have several cars leave the sodden track.

With less than ten minutes to go in the first session, Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo brought out the red flag by finding the gravel trap at the hairpin turn after struggling to stop.

MyDrive | V8 Supercars - Tasmania

MyDrive | V8 Supercars – Tasmania

With only a few minutes left in the first session, there was a flurry of activity with Pepsi Max Crew’s Chaz Mostert finding himself on top of the timesheets, completing 36 laps and making the most of the difficult conditions. Will Davison (Erebus Motorsport) and Shane Van Gisbergen (Team Darrell Lea) were also impressive crossing the line second and third fastest.

Practice Session Two

With a slight improvement in weather for the second practice session, drivers pushed to find grip in the somewhat dry conditions.

Much like the first session, this session was also red flagged with Jason Bright (Team BOC) this time making contact with the tyre wall on the second last corner.

The Tasmanian circuit proved difficult under the trying conditions with several drivers having minor moments off track.

The Pepsi Max Crew once again proves the team to beat with Winterbottom finishing with the fastest time followed closely by Davison in second place who is out to prove a point in his Erebus Mercedes.

MyDrive | V8 Supercars - Tasmania

MyDrive | V8 Supercars – Tasmania

Red Bull Racing’s Craig Lowndes managed to find the grass on several occasions during the session yet posted the third fastest time.

With better weather forecast for tomorrow, V8 Supercars action will continue at Symmons Plains with qualifying and two 60 kilometre races starting with the third practice session at 11:20AM AEDT.

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