Final V8 Supercar field set for Honda Indy 300. The final field of 32 cars has been confirmed for the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge to be held as part of this year's Honda Indy 300 on the streets of the Gold Coast from October 24-27. The...
Final V8 Supercar field set for Honda Indy 300.
The final field of 32 cars has been confirmed for the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge to be held as part of this year's Honda Indy 300 on the streets of the Gold Coast from October 24-27.
The field was decided after the weekend's VIP Petfoods Queensland 500, which was won by David Besnard and Simon Wills in a Caltex Havoline Ford.
The line-up is based on the 32 highest-ranked cars (not drivers) after the weekend's ninth round at the Queensland Raceway.
A maximum of 32 cars is the capacity of the Surfers Paradise circuit and paddock facilities.
The highest profile driver to miss the "cut" was the Gold Coast's own Paul Morris, who failed to finish the weekend's 500km enduro in his Sirromet Wines Commodore because of a mechanical problem.
Morris' point-scoring opportunities were reduced earlier in the year when he got caught up in some pre-qualifying drama and actually missed a couple of rounds.
"I am very disappointed to be missing my hometown race," said Morris. "Up to a month ago I would have had the chance to score more points at Bathurst, but the rules were changed and there is not much I can do about it.
"I would much rather be out there racing, but I will enjoy the party anyway."
The V8 Supercars will have two 30-minute practice sessions on the Friday of the Honda Indy 300 weekend before an afternoon qualifying session.
There will be a warm-up and a top10 shootout on Saturday before a 23-lap race in the afternoon.
There will be another warm-up Sunday morning before a final 23-lap race around 11.15am on the Sunday.
Honda Indy 300 Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Jones, said he was looking forward to seeing the V8 Supercars race for championship points for the first time on the streets of the Gold Coast.
"The V8s have always put on a good show here and I would think throwing championship points into the mix will only increase the desperation," said Jones.
"It's a pity that Paul (Morris) has had to miss out, because he has been a great supporter of our race, but we certainly look forward to seeing him here next year."
The V8 Supercars will head to Bathurst for the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 on October 10-13 before moving on to the Honda Indy 300 for round 11.
FINAL FIELD FOR GILLETTE V8 SUPERCAR CHALLENGE
1 Mark Skaife Holden Racing Team
2 Jason Bright Holden Racing Team
3 Cameron McConville Lansvale Smash Repairs Racing
4- Marcos Ambrose Pirtek Racing
5 Glenn Seton Ford Credit Racing
7 Rodney Forbes Data dot Technology Racing
8 Russell Ingall Castrol Perkins Racing
9 David Besnard Caltex Havoline Racing
00 Craig Lowndes 00 Motorsport
02 Rick Kelly Holden Young Lions
10 Mark Larkham Orrcon Racing
11 Larry Perkins Castrol Perkins Racing
15 Todd Kelly Kmart Racing
16 Steve Richards Castrol Perkins Racing
17 Steve Johnson Shell Helix Racing
18 Paul Radisich Shell Helix Racing
21 Brad Jones OzEmail Racing
27 Neil Crompton 00 Motorsport
31 Steve Ellery Supercheap Auto Racing
34 Garth Tander Valvoline-Cummins-Repco
35 Jason Bargwanna Valvoline Cummins-Repco
40 Cameron McLean VIP Petfoods Racing
43 Paul Weel K&J Thermal Products Racing
46 John Faulkner Dynapack-GJ Gardner Racing
51 Greg Murphy Kmart Racing
54 Craig Baird Team Brock
65 Max Wilson Betta Electrical Racing
66 Tony Longhurst Betta Electrical Racing
75 Anthony Tratt Toll Racing
021- Jason Richards Team Kiwi Racing
600 Steve Owen CAT Racing
888 John Bowe OzEmail Racing
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER 9 ROUNDS
1: Mark Skaife 1775
2: Jason Bright 1096
3: Greg Murphy 1058
4: Marcos Ambrose 1029
5: Todd Kelly 1002
6: Steven Richards 951
7: David Besnard 819
8: Craig Lowndes 802
9: Garth Tander 771
10: Russell Ingall 716