PREPARING FOR THE SHANGHAI SIZZLE When people talk about heat affected races in the V8 Supercar Championship their thoughts would generally lead towards the Darwin or Adelaide rounds. Larkham -- Orrcon Racing's Jason Bargwanna believes ...
PREPARING FOR THE SHANGHAI SIZZLE
When people talk about heat affected races in the V8 Supercar Championship their thoughts would generally lead towards the Darwin or Adelaide rounds.
Larkham -- Orrcon Racing's Jason Bargwanna believes that next weekend's event in Shanghai, China is set to become another contender for the toughest and hottest round in the Championship.
The outright temperature may not be as hot as what drivers have endured in the Darwin or Adelaide rounds over the years but the telling factor will be the high level of humidity in Shanghai.
"When we first went to Darwin it felt astronomically hot, teams are continually developing systems to ensure that we get more air flowing into the cockpit and onto the driver," says Bargwanna.
"In Shanghai I am expecting a completely different type of heat. With this our first visit it is going to be a real learning experience, not just for the set up of the cars but the conditions that drivers will be dealing with.
"The outright heat in Shanghai is expected to about ten degrees cooler than in Darwin but the humidity is about 20 to 30 percent higher which is going to make it extremely tough on all teams and drivers."
"The guys at Revolution Racegear are continually working to make it more comfortable in the car under the very trying conditions and temperatures.
"Our custom made triple layer RPM suits are now 20% lighter than in the past, we now have a triple layer suit that weighs as much as most two layer suits. The inner two layers are manufactured out of a new lightweight knit, more breathable, Nomex material. The suit also has a provision for a new ventilation pocket that directs air onto our body under the race suit.
"Fans would have noticed that many drivers use the "snorkel" with a hose connected to the front of the helmet that blows onto the face. The new suit uses a similar method by blowing the cooler air straight onto our body through a connection on our suit using a likewise tube.
"The team is taking all of the equipment to fit extra ventilation hoses and ensure that it's as comfortable as it can be inside the car where temperatures can reach in excess of 50 degrees."
The 32 V8 Supercars that are competing in the Shanghai round of the Championship and their associated equipment have been loaded into a pair of 747-400 Series Freighter Aircraft and expected to arrive in China over the weekend.
The local time in Shanghai is two hours behind AEST.