Winton - facts, figures and track description The following is a detailed lap of the Winton Motor Raceway to be used as the venue for the fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series this weekend. Also find following thoughts, results and...
Winton - facts, figures and track description
The following is a detailed lap of the Winton Motor Raceway to be used as the venue for the fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series this weekend. Also find following thoughts, results and memorable moments relating to this venue from both Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall. Ambrose will be returning in his Pirtek Falcon for his third season with Stone Brothers Racing. Ingall is making his championship debut for SBR in the Caltex Havoline Ford after several seasons with Larry Perkins Racing.
Winton Raceway -- a lap with Marcos Ambrose.
You pass the new pits and hit the limiter in fifth at the end of the straight, jam down a couple of gears and turn and aim to bounce off the curb on left hand side. Hopefully that will get the car pointing in the right direction to go through the right-hand exit. On the exit you use all the track you can, including some of the old pits on the inside of the track and blast down to the old turn one. The road drops away here so you are actually turning in blind. The track is very narrow, you want to use the outside curb, but be careful not to put a wheel over the edge. This is actually two turns blended into one. If you can get out cleanly you can jump up to fifth for the fastest corner of the track. You drop down to fourth and travel at about 200kms. You fight the car on the exit of this sweeper. Depending how successful you have been depends on your next move. The track moves right and you need to hit the curb to get the car straight to brake for the hairpin. Then there is another series of right and left turns in second gear. There is no overtaking you just need to get through here and get a clean run on to the short chute. You then go into a second-gear left hander on to the new part of the circuit and blast your way down the back straight. You just get up to fifth gear before notching back to second for the right hander. This part of the circuit is very flat, so you need to be careful because the car tends to jump around a bit. The next right hander is vital in getting a good run on to the straight. Power down is what the game is all about here as you head back to the start-finish line. My pole lap here last year was pretty rewarding.
Thoughts on Winton: Marcos Ambrose -- Pirtek Racing:
Any circuit where you don't use top gear with your shortest differential ratios is too slow. I prefer high-speed flowing circuits and Winton is not that. While saying that, Winton does produce its own set of challenges which usually result in good racing. The circuit must also be congratulated on the amount of money it has pumped back into the facility for the teams, fans and media. It was great to take pole there last year, especially when you realise how many Holden teams use it as their test track.
Most memorable moment:
The Benalla Motor Inn - every time I stay there.