THE BATTLE IS ON FOR WAKEFIELD PARK Drivers will be looking to resurrect their Championship hopes as the HPDC V8 Supercar Series heads to Wakefield Park, Goulburn this weekend for round two of what has become widely renowned as the V8 ...
THE BATTLE IS ON FOR WAKEFIELD PARK
Drivers will be looking to resurrect their Championship hopes as the HPDC V8 Supercar Series heads to Wakefield Park, Goulburn this weekend for round two of what has become widely renowned as the V8 Supercar Championship Series feeder category.
The tight Adelaide street circuit at the Clipsal 500 last March took its toll on a number of competitors, but many will be primed for a stronger result this weekend to cement their names as serious Championship contenders.
One driver looking for a strong performance is 2004 V8 Supercar Rookie of the Year and Stone Brothers Racing endurance driver Warren Luff. Luff encountered a run of bad luck at the first round in Adelaide when his Decina sponsored Falcon was severely hampered with punctured tyres in both races.
Since the first event, Luff and his Paul Cruickshank Racing team-mate Phil Scifleet have both enjoyed a successful test at Queensland Raceway in preparation for the second round in Goulburn.
"We had a very positive test and made some good gains with the car and hopefully we will be able to carry that over to Wakefield Park this weekend," Luff said.
"We did test before the last event but this latest hit out was really the first serious test in terms of making some changes and then seeing how the car responded. From that angle it was probably more of a learning day than anything else this time around.
"We are heading to Wakefield for the win, but the most important thing for us is to come away from there with a good haul of points. Obviously Adelaide wasn't too kind to us and we are out to make amends for the disappointment."
This weekend will also see the return to racing of Canberra's Dale Brede. Brede competed in the V8 Supercar Championship Series last year under the guidance of Team Dynamik and has recently been announced as an endurance driver for Brad Jones Racing's Team BOC at both the Sandown 500 and Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 events.
BJR will run the car that won the series last year at both Wakefield Park and Mallala Motorsport Park events with Brede behind the wheel.
"It's great to be back racing again and doing it with BJR makes it all the better," Brede said. "Back in 2002 I won the HPDC Series round at Wakefield which was also in an AU Falcon. It's a circuit that I really enjoy racing at and virtually being on the back step of home (Canberra), I always seem to get great support.
"There will absolutely be no backing off. I have an obligation to my sponsors, BJR and myself to go out and do my best. I'm not expecting to win but I am expecting to be very competitive and hopefully finish on the podium."
Dick Johnson Racing have had a big job ahead of them after the Clipsal 500 event, with repair costs of Grant Denyer's Summit Fleet Leasing/Jax Tyres Ford Falcon recently reported as costing as much as $70,000 after he hit the concrete wall during the qualifying session. Denyer has been steadily rehabilitating from the incident that saw him badly injure his right wrist and left shoulder.
Denyer has been undertaking a strict physiotherapy and exercise regime to ensure he will be ready for this weekend's round, while his DJR team-mate Dean Canto will be eager to repeat his performance from the last round where he won convincingly ahead of Adam Macrow and Tony D'Alberto.
"Obviously I'd like to back up my Adelaide effort with a win at Wakefield Park this weekend if I can, but it will be tough," Dean Canto said.
"I'm probably on the back foot this time around because I've never raced there before, so most drivers will have an advantage over me. That said I'll go to Wakefield to do the best I can and if my best is good enough I'll do okay."
All of the action and excitement of the 2005 HPDC V8 Supercar Series starts at 10am on Saturday 14 May at Wakefield Park, Goulburn.