VIP PET FOODS QUEENSLAND 500 FOR V8 SUPERCARS 25-26 AUGUST 2001 STEVE ELLERY'S FACTORS FOR COMFORT AND SUCCESS IN AN ENDURANCE RACE Seating position: Must be comfortable, the right height and right distance from the steering wheel for both...
VIP PET FOODS QUEENSLAND 500 FOR V8 SUPERCARS
25-26 AUGUST 2001
STEVE ELLERY'S FACTORS FOR COMFORT AND SUCCESS IN AN ENDURANCE RACE Seating position: Must be comfortable, the right height and right distance from the steering wheel for both drivers. Geoff and Steve, who are both tall, have very similar seating requirements.
Heat: Cabin temperatures can soar in the heat. 35C ambient temperature can often mean 55C cabin temperature Hydration: Hydration prior to the race and roughly 1litre per hour minimum replacement. Drivers also take electrolyte drinks to replace mineral salts lost through sweat.
Fitness: Most V8 Supercar drivers are now very fit. Steve's level of exercise involves per week: 3-4kms of swimming, backed up by 120kms of cycling, two gym sessions and two karate sessions. This is not extreme - but the strength and endurance combination means Steve has no trouble with long races.
Body temperature: Drivers like to keep their bodies cool with cool suits. These vest-like suits plug into cool water, which is then pumped around the driver's body. Some drivers won't use these in Queensland because of the difficulties of unplugging them during changeover.
Tyres: A big factor in Queensland. Queensland Raceway is a hard wearing track on tyres and teams who match car speed to tyre conservation will come out well at the end of each stint and the end of the race.
Insulation: Floor insulation stops the driver's floor from become red-hot during long races. Steve Ellery suffered blisters for six weeks after Adelaide because of lack of floor insulation.
Driving gear: Ellery says many drivers have been increasing the amount and quality of driving gear in the last year. Good socks and boots aid with a comfortable driving position for long races.