Bahrain: Tasman Motorsport preview

Tasman debuts with Superservice Menus in Bahrain Tasman Motorsport will welcome partner Infomedia and its Superservice Menus menu quoting and selling system for the inaugural trip this week by the V8 Supercar Championship Series to...

Tasman debuts with Superservice Menus in Bahrain

Tasman Motorsport will welcome partner Infomedia and its Superservice Menus menu quoting and selling system for the inaugural trip this week by the V8 Supercar Championship Series to Bahrain.

The Superservice Menus backing will be carried by the team's Commodores of Jason Richards and Andrew Jones as the category embarks on its maiden voyage to the Middle East.

Kiwi Richards spent his flight to Bahrain on Saturday racing around the Grand Prix-specification circuit on his portable Playstation in a bid to learn more.

"I don't know a great deal about Bahrain as a country and all I've been able to learn about the track has been to watch some videos of the F1 events there," he said.

"While we use a shorter version of the track and not the full circuit that the F1 cars use, it still gives you an idea of where the corners go on the rest of it.

"The only other F1 standard circuits we have raced on are Shanghai and Albert Park, so I'm really looking forward to simply the opportunity to race on another F1-style track.

"It's an opportunity for the category to expose itself to that side of the world. And it's only six or so hours to England and Europe, so I'm sure there are plenty of V8 fans who will venture across to Bahrain to see us.

"Heading there with the newest car in the field save for Craig Lowndes' Triple Eight car, I'm pretty hopeful that the increased stiffness in our new chassis will come to the fore on the high grip surface.

"We'll do a few laps in the hire car on Wednesday and be ready to roll out the race cars for the first time on Thursday."

Richards flew to Bahrain on Saturday with team-mate Andrew Jones to take part in a variety of pre-race promotional activities, which include four-wheel motorbike racing in the sand dunes.

But it will be the sand that Jones and his V8 Supercar rivals will be looking to avoid when they take to the 3.6-kilometre circuit.

"Looking at the layout it will be a horsepower track for sure," said Jones.

"Th ere's three quite long straight sections on there that will see us hit some pretty high speeds.

"I'm quite interested to know how much is known about V8 Supercars in Bahrain and we have some time in the lead-up with plenty of promotional activities to find out.

"Although the F1 cars use a different circuit to us, they run on 99 percent of ours except for the small cut through section we use.

"Garth Tander and Todd Kelly have been there earlier in the year, but for everybody else we'll do what we can with what we've got.

"Our qualifying was average with the #23 car at Symmons Plains, but the race speed was good and we were actually getting the car to respond to changes.

"It was one of the better rounds I've had for a while, up until I had nowhere to go at the start of race three and ended up out of the event."

Opening practice will be on Thursday in Bahrain, with qualifying, the top 10 shootout and race one on Friday. Races two and three will be held on Saturday.

Network Ten will telecast the historic first-ever Bahrain V8 Supercar event into Australia.

It will show race one from 11.35pm AEDT on Friday November 24, and races two and three from 10.40pm on Saturday November 25. Highlights will be shown on Sunday November 26.

-credit: tm

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Andrew Jones , Craig Lowndes , Jason Richards , Todd Kelly