TYRES ARE THE KEY TO SUCCESS AT ORAN PARK A good race strategy, fast pit stops and longevity of tyre life will all play important roles in tomorrow's pair of 54-lap races at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway in Round 8 of the 2005 V8 Supercar ...
TYRES ARE THE KEY TO SUCCESS AT ORAN PARK
A good race strategy, fast pit stops and longevity of tyre life will all play important roles in tomorrow's pair of 54-lap races at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway in Round 8 of the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship.
With the top 23 cars separated by less than a second around the 2.62 km circuit during today's qualifying session every tenth of a second will be vital tomorrow.
Jason Bargwanna set the 17th fastest time in his Orrcon Racing Falcon this afternoon, a mere 0.7 seconds from the fastest time set by fellow Ford driver and pole sitter Marcos Ambrose.
Bargwanna's Larkham - Orrcon Racing team-mate Mark Winterbottom was a less than a tenth of a second behind but given the close proximity of the field the pair will be separated by five cars on the grid for tomorrow's opening race.
Each race will include a compulsory pit stop for a change of a minimum two tyres by the pit crew. With a good pit stop taking approximately five to seven seconds any gain made by the crew in the pits is vital for a driver to be elevated up the order in the competitive field of V8 Supercars.
While his mind may be firmly on tomorrow's races Winterbottom has already made the weekend memorable by getting engaged to long-time girlfriend Renee last night.
Orrcon Racing Falcon #10
Difference to 1st: 0.6166
"We come here to win these races, so obviously 17th is not where we want to be, but in saying that though we are so close to that top group it is not funny. At the moment we are just on the wrong end of a tenth of a second and if we can get on the right end of it we will be right up the front.
"The car was fairly competitive today and I think we will have some good pace for tomorrow's races. A good strategy in tomorrow's races will be vital as it is going to be very competitive out there. This place likes eating tyres up, so it will be one of those races that I think that we will have to see what pans out.
"It will be a brave set of drivers who pit in the first few laps, we have just got to set our plans, stick to it and see what comes."
Orrcon Racing Falcon #20
Difference to 1st: +0.7234
"I think that we had the car to get a good result and qualify inside the top 15 which would have been nice but a few things didn't fall our way which stopped me from putting it all together. I got held up in practice which put us in the bottom 50% which didn't seem to give me the best of track conditions during qualifying.
"I think our race pace is quite good and we will chip away to aim for a good result, hopefully inside the top ten."
"While 17th and 23rd isn't the ideal position to be in, overall we are pretty happy with the chassis set up which should put us in a good position to move up the order during tomorrow's races
"Both cars are pretty good under brakes, which was one of our issues during the last round, if we can get the power down on the exit of the corners a little bit better I am confident that we will achieve a good result."