Van Gisbergen gets 'new' SP Tools Racing Falcon for home round Round 7, City of Ipswich 400, Queensland Raceway, QLD, 18-20 July 2008 SP Tools Racing's Shane van Gisbergen is chomping at the bit to get into his 'new' SP Tools Racing Falcon at...
Van Gisbergen gets 'new' SP Tools Racing Falcon for home round Round 7, City of Ipswich 400, Queensland Raceway, QLD, 18-20 July 2008
SP Tools Racing's Shane van Gisbergen is chomping at the bit to get into his 'new' SP Tools Racing Falcon at this weekend's round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland Raceway.
The 19-year old will inherit the ex-JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon that has been brought back to life following its heavy crash at the Clipsal 500 earlier this year.
Only nine races old, the BF Falcon was stripped and repaired in-house over the past four months. Final work was completed on the new SP Tools Racing Falcon this week in time for a home round debut at the Willowbank circuit.
Meanwhile, JELD-WEN Motorsport's James Courtney is craving for success at Stone Brothers Racing's test track.
The Gold-Coast based driver was on song for podium finishes in his two previous starts at Queensland Raceway but engine problems in '06 and a pit lane penalty in '07 put paid to those results.
Courtney and SBR have no shortage of speed at the 3.12km circuit and the three-time championship team's recent form has yielded some of its best results in the last two seasons.
With both Courtney and rookie van Gisbergen on their game, the potential is there for a strong team result this weekend.
Racing starts this Friday at 12:50pm with opening practice, followed by qualifying and race one on Saturday and races two and three on Sunday.
JELD-WEN Motorsport co-driver David Besnard will also get some track time on the weekend, piloting the JELD-WEN Motorsport Falcon in the first 30-minute session of Friday practice.
Shane van Gisbergen, #9, SP Tools Racing "The new SP Tools Racing Falcon will be a bit different but I don't really know how much different until we practice on Friday.
"The major thing will be getting used to the new seating position towards the centre of the car.
"Everyone is really excited about getting this car back on the track. It will be good to be closer to James' car with set ups.
"Queensland Raceway is probably the circuit that I have the most experience at so we will be able to get straight into it on Friday.
"We will have the same goals as normal, to be inside the top 15 after qualifying and get a result in the top ten. With any luck that will have us inside the top ten in the Championship at the end of the weekend."
James Courtney, #4, JELD-WEN Motorsport
"There is a determination in the team to get SBR back on the top step of the podium and Queensland Raceway would be a great place to do it.
"It's our home event and we have shown at recent rounds that we have good speed.
"The last two years at Willowbank we have been close but engine problems in '06 and a penalty to me last year took us out of podium positions.
"If we can get all our ducks in a row we can come out of this round with a great result and climb further up the Championship standings."