Fujitsu Racing will take on an old favourite in a new format, when the team of Jason Bright and Adam Macrow hit the track at Phillip Island for the L & H 500. The 500km format at Phillip Island replaces the previous Sandown 500, but the...
Fujitsu Racing will take on an old favourite in a new format, when the team of Jason Bright and Adam Macrow hit the track at Phillip Island for the L & H 500.
The 500km format at Phillip Island replaces the previous Sandown 500, but the challenge remains the same, flat-out racing at the fastest track on the championship trail.
"Phillip Island is a fantastic fast and flowing circuit," said Bright.
"Back in the 1960s it preceded Bathurst as the major endurance race in Australia. It's great that it is back as a single 500 kilometre race in the championship.
"We will need to race flat-out throughout the entire race. One of the big challenges will be taking care of the tyres. The right-rear has traditionally copped a pounding on the Island and ensuring that both Adam and I keep that in check is crucial.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge as I believe the race will be one of the real highlights of the season."
As well as the single 500km race on Sunday, both Bright and Macrow will have to qualify and race separately for two sprint races on Saturday. This has placed more significance on the co-drivers.
"I'm looking forward to having to qualify and race on Saturday," said Macrow.
"I have had some good moments at Phillip Island, including winning the Fujitsu Series two years ago at the track. So having the added responsibility of the Saturday qualifying and racing does not faze me at all.
"I might not have raced this year, but this is my third year with the team as the specialist co-driver. I have worked closely with Jason and the crew over the past 18 months and had the opportunity to drive the Fujitsu Racing Falcon at testing, so I'm ready."
Compared to the regular sprint rounds, endurance racing requires a different level of dedication from the Fujitsu Racing crew.
"Strategy really comes into play during Phillip Island," said Fujitsu Racing Chief Engineer Geoff Slater.
"The race is really broken into three continuous segments where we have to choose how we use our drivers. Basically one driver will do two segments; the other will be required to drive one segment. Now just how we choose to break that down will not be decided until just before the race, plus we need to be flexible if safety cars and even the weather have an influence.
"Importantly with both Jason and Adam, we can be flexible and that is one of our major advantages over some of our competitors."
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Saturday 13 September
2:00pm -- 5:30pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)
Sunday 14 September
12:00pm -- 5:30pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)
*Times subject to change. Check local guides
ABOUT THE TRACK
Located approximately two hours south-east of Melbourne the original Phillip Island circuit consisted of 10.6 kilometres of rough and dusty public roads to create a narrow high crowned racing circuit. The first race at Phillip Island was conducted in 1928. The existing circuit was first opened in 1956 and in 1960 held Australia's first 500-mile event, the Armstrong 500. The circuit closed for a period in 1962 before re-opening in 1966 only to closing again due to extensive track damage in the late 1970's. Phillip Island became famous for hosting the inaugural 500cc Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1989 and has since become the home of the World Motorcycle Championship in the country. The venue first hosted a round of the Shell Australian Touring Car Championship in 1993.
Circuit length: 4.45km
Circuit direction: Anti-Clockwise
Average speed: 156 km/h
Maximum speed: 281 km/h
Current Qualifying Lap Record: Craig Lowndes, Holden Commodore VT, 1m32.0713s, 2000
Current Race Lap Record: Craig Lowndes, Holden Commodore VT, 1m33.4389s, 1999