Subarus Ready For Bathurst Battle Final preparations have been made for the massive three car Subaru WRX Sti effort by Wilson Brothers Racing for the WPS Bathurst 12 Hour to be held next weekend. Race week starts in earnest this Sunday, with...
Subarus Ready For Bathurst Battle
Final preparations have been made for the massive three car Subaru WRX Sti effort by Wilson Brothers Racing for the WPS Bathurst 12 Hour to be held next weekend.
Race week starts in earnest this Sunday, with the crew meeting at the team head quarters for a full briefing, however preparations for the event started 12 months ago.
Wilson Brothers Racing team principal Cam Wilson has had his mind set on the 2009 12 Hour ever since the 2008 event.
"Last year running a pair of Subaru WRXs in the race was a massive task for the crew, but from that we leant an enormous amount about the preparation, set up and strategy involved in running the event," said Wilson.
"The Subarus are now incredibly well developed, and we now know what really makes them tick.
"For instance, throughout 2008 we ran the Dunlop Direzza tyres in pretty much every condition imaginable, so the overall handling of the car is much improved, as previously we ran the cars on slicks in the Performance Car series.
"With regards to running the cars on the race weekend, each car will have their own dedicated crew, just in case all three cars have to pit under a safety car.
"That also means three times the fuel rigs, as well as all of the equipment needed to service the cars throughout the weekend."
Wilson Brothers Racing, with team driver Lee Castle cleaned up in the final two rounds of the year at Symmons Plains and Sandown, then the real work started back at the team's workshop on the Gold Coast.
Between the start of November and now, the crew has stripped and replaced all of the moving parts on all three of the team's WRXs, had them dyno tuned and track tested.
The cars were also repainted into a scheme that will be replicated on the rest of the team's fleet of racing machines, while a complete parts inventory has been gathered to cover any eventuality that may occur at the Mountain.
Logistically, getting the crew and cars to Bathurst is another challenge in itself, with the team utilising the Race Car Rentals three-car transporter, as well as a bus to transport the team for the week from Queensland and between the track and the motel each day.
The cars and crew start departing from the Gold Coast on Monday, with all of the crew in Bathurst by Wednesday night, before practice starts on Friday and the big race on Sunday.
Wilson Brothers Racing is proudly supported by Castrol, Ingear Industries, Mercury Motorsport, Racer Industries, Queensland Raceways, Dunlop Tyres, Harris Visual 3D, Deluxe Screenprinting, Espresso to Go and contactingdesign.
WBR Bathurst Photo Competition
To help showcase the skills of many shutterbugs attending the Bathurst 12 Hour, Wilson Brothers Racing will be running a photo competition, with entries to be posted on the WBR website.
The winning photo, as decided by Cam and Benn Wilson will win one of the official commemorative team shirts, signed by the nine drivers, as well as an assortment of merchandise from our team sponsors.
Entries and any queries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, with entries closing at 5pm on Friday February 27.