IRWIN RACING OUT TO TURN HEADS AT BATHURST Confidence is high with the IRWIN Racing duo of Marcus Marshall and Matt Halliday as they head to Australia's biggest motor race, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. A range of improvements have been...
IRWIN RACING OUT TO TURN HEADS AT BATHURST
Confidence is high with the IRWIN Racing duo of Marcus Marshall and Matt Halliday as they head to Australia's biggest motor race, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
A range of improvements have been made to the IRWIN Ford heading to Bathurst, but it's the overall strength of the package that has Marshall excited heading to Mount Panorama.
"We will take a very good package to Bathurst," said Marshall.
"The whole team has been improving throughout the year and with some extra items coming on-line for Bathurst we expect to be challenging for a spot in the top-10.
"As others fall away, our package will remain strong, that could see us finish even higher up.
"Matt and I have been working very well together. I feel that our experience in different types of racecars and events is a major plus at a long race like this.
"We will need to be patient. 161-laps around Mount Panorama is a long day and any mistake is usually punished against a concrete barrier. The key is to keep it clean throughout the entire race."
Halliday has forged a strong reputation in V8s circles as a long-distance race specialist. The ultra-experienced Kiwi has enjoyed his lead-up to Bathurst with the IRWIN team.
"Bring on Bathurst," said Halliday.
"Going to a track I clearly enjoy in a car and team that I feel comfortable with, has me feeling very confident of a strong result.
"I have had the opportunity to drive the car in testing as well as practice, qualifying and races at Phillip Island. It has been the most miles I have ever had in a car leading into Bathurst.
"Marcus and I are on the same page with how we like the car and that is sure to be of great benefit throughout the entire race."
IRWIN Racing Engineer Marcus Clarke has overseen the team's preparations for Bathurst.
"Our preparation for Bathurst has been excellent," said Clarke.
"Our focus will be on the race, but we would like to qualify inside the top-half of the field as well.
"We have a very good combination in the car, plus we will try some different things with our strategy to move us up the order.
"All-up, we are confident of being towards the front come the end of the race."
IRWIN Racing will be on track from Thursday for practice, with another practice and qualifying session on Friday. Saturday includes practice and the top-10 shootout. Sunday starts early with a 20-minute warm-up with the 161-lap 1000-kilometre race set to start at 10.30am.
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Friday 10 October
1:00pm - 4:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)
Saturday 11 October
12:00pm - 5:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)
Sunday 12 October
5:00am - 4:00pm (Perth)
6:30am - 5:30pm (Adelaide)
7:00am - 6:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
*Times subject to change. Check local guides
ABOUT THE TRACK
Built in 1938 as a scenic tourist drive, the Mount Panorama circuit has become one of the world's great road racing venues. It hosted the Australian Grand Prix in 1938, 1947, 1952 and 1958 before first holding what has become the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in 1963
Circuit length: 6.213km
Circuit direction: Anti-Clockwise
Average speed: 151 km/h
Maximum speed: 295 km/h
Current Qualifying Lap Record: Greg Murphy, Holden Commodore VY, 2m06.8594s, 2003
Current Race Lap Record: Jamie Whincup, Ford Falcon BF, 2m08.4651s, 2007