Winterbottom unimpressed with single-driver light test

Mark Winterbottom says more than one Supercars driver should have been involved in the final stages of the light testing ahead of tonight's groundbreaking SuperNight race.

Winterbottom unimpressed with single-driver light test

The 12-month period of light testing involved the likes of Simona de Silvestro, Fabian Coulthard, James Courtney, Shane van Gisbergen, and Garth Tander.

However it was Tander who got the best of the pre-event insight, conducting the final stages of light testing last Thursday night with race directors Tim Schenken and Michael Masi and driving standards advisor Craig Baird.

Tander was then one of the first to sample conditions in an actual Supercar, he and Rick Kelly heading on-track a few minutes before the first practice session to complete couple of demonstration laps for TV.

With drivers talking about how different the experience was compared to day time running, Winterbottom was left unimpressed that Tander was the only driver properly consulted about the final lighting layout heading into practice.

Read Also:

While all drivers were briefed following practice, the 2015 series champ said he would have at least liked to have had a track walk with the lights in place before being expected to barrel into the fast Turn 1 on his first flying lap.

"It would have been nice to have a few more guys involved [during light testing] last night, just to get everyone on the track instead of one bloke going around," he said.

"We come down Turn 1 on the first lap at 270 km/h, we should all have an opinion on the lights, not just one person.

"He's done a good job, but he got plenty of laps having a look at it.

"I'm not complaining, but it would have been nice to know what the light systems were going to be like.

"I don't think they need to do much [in terms of changes], because they spent so much time doing it last night.

"I would have loved a track walk at night time rather than at 8 o'clock this morning. Turn 1 looks massively different, the whole track looks completely different."

Only minor changes were expected to be made to the lighting system following practice.

The next time Supercars will be on track under lights will be the start of the sole 300-kilometre race.

shares
comments
Drivers wary of overtaking carnage in Supercars night race
Previous article

Drivers wary of overtaking carnage in Supercars night race

Next article

Sydney Supercars: McLaughlin fastest, Red Bulls miss Q2

Sydney Supercars: McLaughlin fastest, Red Bulls miss Q2
Load comments
Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match Prime

Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing.

Supercars
Oct 21, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020