The following is a detailed lap of the Adelaide street circuit to be used in next week's Clipsal 500. Also find following thoughts, results and memorable moments relating to this venue from both Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall. Ambrose will be...
The following is a detailed lap of the Adelaide street circuit to be used in next week's Clipsal 500. 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 will be making his championship debut for SBR in the Caltex Havoline Ford after several seasons with Larry Perkins Racing.
ADELAIDE TRACK PROFILE WITH MARCOS AMBROSE - PIRTEK RACING
"There is no doubt that the Clipsal 500 is one of the best events of the V8 Supercar Championship Series with a huge atmosphere and massive crowd and promoter support.
>From a racing perspective it is also one of the most demanding weekends of the championship, especially if the temperature starts to creep up.
The circuit is fantastic to drive on, but the concrete walls trap all the smoke and fumes and it's imperative that your helmet and car ventilation is working correctly.
You flash over the start finish line in fifth gear at about 220kph.
You brake at the end of pit lane and look for the outside curb so you can virtually use it as a 'ski jump'.
That sets you up to keep your foot flat for the left hand kink out of the chicane - this can certainly be a little tricky on older tyres.
The next section is all second gear as four corners virtually become one it just all flows.
You need to be careful because there is a lot of road camber on the exit of each corner and the car tends to want to slide around at the rear - this is a section where you can make up a lot of time.
The run on to the back straight is relatively simple and as you hit sixth gear and a top speed of around 230kph you charge towards the most challenging corner in Australia.
This high-speed right-hander allows you no vision on the entry or the exit, with only concrete walls to stop you if you make a mistake (ask Paul Radisich about 2002).
It's then heavy on the brakes and back through the gears for the hairpin which is a very slow, sometimes first gear, corner This is a prime passing spot, but it is difficult to get the power down as quickly as you would like.
The left-hander behind the paddock area is tricky because it tightens up on you on the way out and it's easy to run into the wall on the outside if you are going too fast.
You are then back on to the circuit proper and the surface smooths out. The right-hand kink before the last hairpin is also difficult because you are braking right the way through it and it is easy to lock a wheel - that is certainly bad for business, especially on the opening lap of a 250km event.
It is important to get in and out of the hairpin as smoothly as possible to ensure a quick run on the front straight where you start it all over again.
In total we complete about 24 gear changes per lap for a total of around 1872 for the 78 laps of each 250km race."
MARCOS AMBROSE - PIRTEK RACING
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT "Sharing a hotel room with David Besnard a couple of years ago after he had eaten a bad prawn the night before. The guy spent all night in the loo and shower. At one stage I think he had one end in the loo and the other in the shower. I have never seen a person so sick."
THOUGHTS ON CLIPSAL 500 "This place has a huge atmosphere, but the race itself is bloody tough, especially when it is hot. It is one of the best street tracks to drive on.
The walls trap all the heat and smoke and make the temperatures even hotter inside the car. We combat this with specially designed cool suits and it is imperative that your helmet ventilation system is working well."
RUSSELL INGALL CALTEX HAVOLINE RACING
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT "I am hoping my most memorable moment will come this year. I have finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th in races over the past four years, it would be nice to be standing on the top step of the podium this year. It will be a big ask in my championship debut, but I think we are all a bit more confident after our results at the AGP."
THOUGHTS ON CLIPSAL 500 "This is my old home town. I have not won in Adelaide yet, but I have been on the podium a few times. This race always wins the best event of the year and after you have been there you can tell why. It is an outstanding event with a great crowd. It is one of the best technical circuits you can drive on. It all adds up to a pretty awesome weekend."