Ipswich: Team Betta round nine preview

Longhurst and White ready to do battle in VIP Queensland 500 event. Team Betta Electrical two-car assault on the VIP Pet Foods QLD. 500 this coming weekend, includes car 66 driven by Tony Longhurst and Mathew White. The team carried out ...

Longhurst and White ready to do battle in VIP Queensland 500 event.

Team Betta Electrical two-car assault on the VIP Pet Foods QLD. 500 this coming weekend, includes car 66 driven by Tony Longhurst and Mathew White.

The team carried out extensive testing this week at Queensland Raceway in readiness for the first of this year's endurance races.

Both drivers were pleased with the results, saying we now have to convert the increase in performance into a podium finish for the team.

Last year VIP Pet Foods 500 saw Tony Longhurst drive for HRT with Thomas Mezera, both contributing a constant performance throughout the race to finish in 5th position.

It would have been possible to for us to have won that race, had we not had a problem with the first pit stop.

This year we will be going all out to achieve a win said Longhurst.

Longhurst is confident they have overcome the handling problems experienced at Winton in round 8 of the series, where the car lacked front end grip in the corners and said the car has responded well to set up changes and that their lap times have reflected that.

Pit stops will be important as always in long distance races, but the team has been practicing the art consistently over the season in readiness for both this and the Bathurst 1000 events.

Mathew White is very keen to get behind the wheel, saying the car is very strong in all areas and feels good, and that both Tony and himself have been achieving comparable lap times during test sessions on a consistent level.

I believe we are in there with a big chance of a podium finish this year - said White.

Their fans can catch up with both drivers for autograph signings this Thursday evening, 6pm 7pm September 12th at Australia Fair Shopping Centre Southport on the Gold Coast.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Tony Longhurst