Philip Island: IRWIN Racing preview

IRWIN RACING SET TO MAKE ITS MARK AT PHILLIP ISLAND A confident IRWIN Racing will take to the track for the first endurance race of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the L & H 500 at Phillip Island. IRWIN Racing regular Marcus Marshall...

IRWIN RACING SET TO MAKE ITS MARK AT PHILLIP ISLAND

A confident IRWIN Racing will take to the track for the first endurance race of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the L & H 500 at Phillip Island.

IRWIN Racing regular Marcus Marshall will be joined by endurance racing specialist Matt Halliday for the single 500km race.

Not since the 1960s has the endurance spotlight been cast on Phillip Island and Marshall is looking forward to the challenge.

"The circuit has always excited me and now with this format I can't wait," said Marshall.

"I have always enjoyed the longer format of racing and an afternoon of on the limit driving will be awesome.

"You do have to show a lot of patience in the longer races. However, you can't let your competitors get away and you have to be ready to pounce when the situation arises.

"We tested last week and both Matt and I spent as much time together as possible. It is very important that we are both as familiar with each other as possible. Having another driver's input on the technical side has been really handy as well."

Halliday is a vastly experienced driver in all types of race cars, including A1 Grand Prix, Champcar, Porsche Supercup and V8 Supercars. This experience has made it easy for the Los Angeles-based New Zealander to slot into the IRWIN Racing team.

"It was good to get into the Irwin Falcon for the first time and get to work with the team," said Halliday.

"The test was great and I was quickly on the pace by feeling comfortable with both the car and the team from the first lap.

"I am extremely excited about the forthcoming Phillip Island race to see what Marcus and I can achieve."

Race Engineer Marcus Clarke was delighted with the pre-Phillip Island test and the preparation for the 500km race.

"We will take our best package of the year to Phillip Island," said Clarke.

"The IRWIN Racing team has made some improvements across the board with the car and both Marcus and Matt are ready to do the job behind the wheel.

"Long races can throw a whole range of different scenarios, but we have looked at all of those and we feel that we have all bases covered.

"Earlier in the year Marcus did a great job in the long distance race at Adelaide when he finished just outside the top-10. We feel that come Sunday afternoon we can go better than that and score a result much closer to the front."

V8 SUPERCARS ON TV
*All programs are shown on Channel 7

Saturday 13 September
2:00pm - 5:30pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

Sunday 14 September
12:00pm - 5:30pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

*Times subject to change. Check local guides

ABOUT THE TRACK

Located approximately two hours south-east of Melbourne the original Phillip Island circuit consisted of 10.6 kilometres of rough and dusty public roads to create a narrow high crowned racing circuit. The first race at Phillip Island was conducted in 1928. The existing circuit was first opened in 1956 and in 1960 held Australia's first 500-mile event, the Armstrong 500. The circuit closed for a period in 1962 before re-opening in 1966 only to closing again due to extensive track damage in the late 1970's. Phillip Island became famous for hosting the inaugural 500cc Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1989 and has since become the home of the World Motorcycle Championship in the country. The venue first hosted a round of the Shell Australian Touring Car Championship in 1993.


Circuit length: 4.45km
Circuit direction: Anti-Clockwise
Average speed: 156 km/h
Maximum speed: 281 km/h
Current Qualifying Lap Record: Craig Lowndes, Holden Commodore VT, 1m32.0713s, 2000
Current Race Lap Record: Craig Lowndes, Holden Commodore VT, 1m33.4389s, 1999

-credit: bammedia.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcus Marshall , Craig Lowndes , Matt Halliday , Phillip Island