Bahrain: IRWIN Racing preview

IRWIN RACING READY FOR DESERT ADVENTURE IRWIN Racing's Marcus Marshall is heading across the globe for round ...


IRWIN Racing's Marcus Marshall is heading across the globe for round #12 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Gulf Air Desert 400 in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

This will be the third appearance of the V8 Supercars in Bahrain. Marshall raced in the inaugural event in 2006 and after a year away he is looking forward to once again racing in the Persian Gulf.

"Australian V8 Supercars in the desert does sound unusual, but the people of the Gulf are passionate about their cars and really enjoy the V8s," said Marshall.

"As a driver we get to race on a modern Formula One circuit which is very exciting as well.

"The layout of the circuit includes nice wide straights, but there are some very tricky sections including the tight first turn.

"Despite the width of the track, there never seems to be enough room and that makes for exciting racing.

"After being ill at the previous race on the Gold Coast - I'm sure the desert air will be good for my health and we will give it a big crack"

IRWIN Racing engineer Marcus Clarke has planned for the unique challenges of racing at the desert venue.

"The track is literally an oasis in the desert," said Clarke.

"Sand dunes line the circuit and that has a big effect on surface grip and even windscreen damage. Last year almost all of the teams changed windscreen overnight due to the constant sandblasting from the circuit.

"The track is constantly cleaned by the local workers and very little rubber is put down to increases the grip. We need to stay on top of this to ensure that we get the most out of the car."

The IRWIN Racing Falcon will be on track for practice on Thursday. Qualifying and the opening 31-lap race will be on Friday. The final two 31-lap races will be run on Saturday.

The IRWIN Racing team will then switch its focus on Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday 9 November. The World Final of the IRWIN Industrial Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge will take place prior to the penultimate round of this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Phoenix. West Australian carpenter Nathan Vander Wielen of Bunbury will take on the US winner for the chance to win up to US$1.26 million!

Vander Wielen beat six other winners from around Australia and New Zealand at the Bathurst 1000 to win his way through to the world final.

*All programs are shown on Channel 7

Friday 7 November
10:30pm - 1:00am (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

Saturday 8 November
10:30pm - 1:30am (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

Sunday 9 November
2:00pm - 5:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

*Times subject to change. Check local guides


Constructed in 2004 the Bahrain International Circuit is the "Home of Motorsport in the Middle East." It is the most technologically advanced racing circuit in the world and the only circuit to host a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship or V8 Supercar Championship Series in the Middle East. The V8 Supercar Championship contested its first round at the venue in 2006.

Circuit length: 3.82km
Circuit direction: Clockwise
Average speed: 164 km/h
Maximum speed: 270 km/h
Current Qualifying Lap Record: Garth Tander, Holden Commodore VZ, 1m24.1060s, 2006
Current Race Lap Record: Jason Bright, Ford Falcon BA, 1m24.9102s, 2006


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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Marcus Marshall