The Queensland contingent of Australian V8 Supercar drivers are confident they can retain State pride and the Queensland 300 title at Queensland Raceway on July 18-20, following a positive day of testing at Queensland Raceway today. Most notable...
The Queensland contingent of Australian V8 Supercar drivers are confident they can retain State pride and the Queensland 300 title at Queensland Raceway on July 18-20, following a positive day of testing at Queensland Raceway today.
Most notable of today's teams testing their wares was Paul Morris in his Sirromet Wines VY Holden Commodore that has recently been equipped with a new engine that will be showcased during the Queensland 300.
"Due to the rule changes this year it's made Ford and Holden pretty much the same under the skin so we've held back and can't wait to take this new set up into the Queensland 300," Morris said.
"So far it's looking good, it's been three tenths of a second better than the old engine and has more power low down plus a heap of torque."
"We've experienced the biggest gains in acceleration off the corners."
"I'd have to say the whole package is better straight out of the box and there'll be more to come with testing and more miles."
V8 racing legend Dick Johnson who heads the Shell Helix Racing Team believes that the team boasting the perfect mix of racing variables will be the one standing victorious at the podium come Sunday.
"At the end of the day the guy with the total package will be tough to beat," Johnson said.
"There's pressure on the pit crews to make every stop a short one because the layout of Queensland Raceway is such that it's difficult to pass and if you can minimise your time off the track that's definitely going to help."
Johnson is confident his team can turn things around after a lack-lustre start to the 2003 season.
"It's been difficult getting our head around the car trying to find more corner speed but today we appear to be making a little headway which is pleasing."
"It's been a rough time up until now, but hopefully we're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel."
"This is our test track which we hope will be to our advantage, but it's not a difficult track and the little things during the race could be the difference between winning and losing."
Steve Johnson has tasted success at Queensland Raceway, teaming with Paul Radisich to claim the spoils in 2001.
But this year under the 300km format they'll each be gunning it alone and for Radisich racing for Team Betta Electrical it'll be an opportunity to cement his place in the top ten in the Championship.
"The attitude has been that the southerners think they can come up here and dust us up, but to date that hasn't happened much," Radisich said.
"It's a totally different set of circumstances in 300 km racing and Queensland Raceway always provides an interesting race so strategy will certainly come into play."
Radisich was placed fifth and eighth in the first two races in Darwin a fortnight ago, but a disappointing third race has him primed for bigger and better things at the halfway point of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series.
"I feel comfortable that the team is looking for an impressive result in the balance of this year's rounds and I'm sure we can look at better fortunes at my home track during the Queensland 300."
Queenslanders can sample one of the most fiercely contested V8 Supercar Championship Series, with tickets now on sale for the Queensland 300 through Ticketmaster7.com or by phoning 1300 888 086.
All pre-purchased tickets come at a 20% discount on the gate price and everyone purchasing via the internet or over the phone will automatically go into the draw for a V8 Race Experience at Queensland Raceway.
Tickets can also be purchased directly through the Queensland Raceway on (07) 54 619100
The three-day motorsport spectacular that begins on Friday, July 18 at the Queensland Raceway is certain to offer something for everyone. Formula Fords, Carrera Cup, Historic Touring Cars, Aussie Racing Cars and MGF Trophy, making up the support classes on a jam-packed weekend of racing.