Nissan Motorsport prepared for challenging Queensland Raceway event

Paperclip-shaped track is a tough one.

On paper, Queensland Raceway should be one of the easiest events on the V8 Supercars calendar.

Shaped like a paperclip, the 3.12km Ipswich track features six corners, four long straights and a number of heavy braking points.

Why, then, is this ‘simple’ circuit so challenging?

Norton Nissan driver Michael Caruso is currently the best-placed Nissan Motorsport entry, sitting 12th in the standings.  He sits just ahead of Norton team-mate James Moffat in 16th, Jack Daniel’s Racing driver Rick Kelly 17th and Todd Kelly 24th.

The Queensland Raceway event features the soft compound tyres, with track action kicking off on Friday with three practice sessions. Two qualifying and two 100km races will be held on Saturday, followed by a 200km race on Sunday.  

Unique circuit

 "Queensland Raceway is a unique circuit compared to a couple of the circuits we have just come from," said Todd Kelly (in photo).
"It has a couple of quite fast corners, and a couple of medium speed corners that are quite unique.
"You need to tune the car a little bit differently to how would at a Townsville or Darwin for instance.
"It'll be good to get there and see exactly where we are with our cars and what needs to be tuned up on them.

"There are a couple of little things here and there on our cars that are new since the last round, which will give us a bit of a gain. We're expecting it to be quite challenging, hopefully the faster corners, turns one and two, is where we can claw back some time. I can't wait to get there and see what we can make of the weekend."


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Series Supercars
Drivers Rick Kelly , Todd Kelly , Michael Caruso , James Moffat
Teams Nissan Motorsport
Article type Preview
Tags michael caruso, queensland raceway