Championship Resumes Today At Coates Hire Ipswich 300
The battle for the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship resumes today with practice for the Coates Hire Ipswich 300 at Queensland Raceway.
The 3.1 kilometre circuit was hit hard during January’s devastating floods, however SP Tools Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen says he is confident that the condition of areas of the track will not affect this weekend’s racing.
“I saw photos of the circuit during the floods and half the pit building was underwater, it was pretty surreal,” Van Gisbergen told BigPond Sport.
“We walked around the track yesterday and while the cracks have deteriorated in places, I don’t think it will affect our lap times.
“At our test day last week we were doing similar lap times, so grip-wise it hasn’t changed too much.”
Despite the effect the floods may have had on the circuit, it’s not that much different to last year.
Trading Post Racing’s Will Davison told BigPond Sport that the cracks at turns four, five and six give the circuit “ a bit more character.”
“Despite the effect the floods may have had on the circuit, it’s not that much different to last year,” said Davison.
“The bumps will obviously affect the tyre contact and make the car move around quite a lot, but the areas where the track has some break up are mainly off the racing line.”
With the first endurance race at Phillip Island next month, today’s first two V8 Supercar practice sessions are the last chance for many endurance co-drivers to get laps in the cars will they’ll race at the L&H 500.
The first two practice sessions are scheduled for 10.30am and 12.20pm AEST and the list of co-drivers participating includes Mark Skaife (TeamVodafone), Andrew Jones (Team BOC), Marcus Marshall (Fujitsu Racing) and Steve Richards (Ford Performance Racing).
All 28 cars will be on track for the final two practice sessions starting from 1.40pm AEST.
A full support card for the Coates Hire Ipswich 300 includes the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series, Aussie Racing Cars, Formula Ford and the Australian Superbikes.
Temperatures are expected to reach 22C at the circuit today, however there is a possibility of showers throughout the region across the weekend.
BigPond Sport will bring you all the latest from the Ipswich circuit throughout the day.