Phillip Island NRC Racing preview

Round 4, Konica V8 Supercar Series, Phillip Island (VIC) May 26-27, 2001. Canberra Driver Prepares for Fast Phillip Island Konica V8 Supercar Round May 22, 2001 - The business end of the 2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series gets underway this Sunday...

Round 4, Konica V8 Supercar Series, Phillip Island (VIC) May 26-27, 2001.

Canberra Driver Prepares for Fast Phillip Island Konica V8 Supercar Round

May 22, 2001 - The business end of the 2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series gets underway this Sunday at Victoria's superb Phillip Island circuit. The fourth of six rounds to complete the Championship, the results of this round will play a major part in deciding which driver takes the title.

Undoubtedly the fastest circuit that the Konica V8 Supercar Series will visit this season, 25 year old Canberra driver Dale Brede is looking forward to returning to the seaside circuit where he gained a podium finish during his Formula Holden career.

"We have worked hard this season and deserve a strong result. It really is a case of me doing all I can to deliver good results at Phillip Island - a circuit that I have been looking forward to racing our V8 Supercar at all season," Dale said.

Brede, a rookie in V8 Supercar racing, is fifth in the 2001 Konica V8 Supercar Series standings and has yet to score an overall podium finish. NRC Racing has high hopes that the drought could break this weekend at a circuit that has seen some of the team's finest performances in other categories. The NRC Racing driver is a single race victory away from completely closing the gap in the title fight and cannot be discounted as a threat to series leaders David Parsons, Owen Kelly and Simon Wills.

The NRC Racing team has gone back to the drawing board after a disappointing performance at Winton earlier this month, not helped by an inordinate number of circuit incidents. The Melbourne based team is aiming to field a faster VT Commodore this weekend. "We have made a number of improvements based on our pre season testing at Phillip Island and all that we have learned so far this season. We hope to start the weekend off as fast as possible so we don' t spend the rest of the weekend chasing speed, something that hampered us a bit at Winton," NRC Racing Engineer Jim Hewlett said.

Phillip Island V8 Supercar action kicks off this Saturday with practice from 9:15am and qualifying from 2:15pm. Sunday's three twenty minute races will start at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. <pre> KONICA SERIES STANDINGS

1. David Parsons 616 2. Paul Dumbrell 578 3. Owen Kelly 558 4. Simon Wills 556 5. Dale Brede 506 6. Leanne Ferrier 490

-NRC-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Simon Wills , Dale Brede , Paul Dumbrell , Owen Kelly , Phillip Island