Prodrive Racing Australia returns to one of its most successful tracks for the upcoming Perth SuperSprint, hopeful of continuing their winning form at the Western Australia event. On a high following recent success at Phillip Island, Mark Winterbottom is hopeful of further results at Barbagallo Raceway where he holds a total of seven race wins; the third most in the category.
Race 6 winner, Chaz Mostert is keeping a level head about his performance this season, insisting that anything can happen in the remaining 11 events this year. Highlighting the importance of making further gains to match the front-runners, Mostert says there is homework to be done to make the car quick around Barbagallo.
Cameron Waters has placed further emphasis on tyre life at the high degradation track as the category returns to the new super soft tyre. After claiming his first Supercars pole position at this event in 2016, Waters believes that a good strategy will be key to claiming a race win.
Tim Edwards hopes the team can continue its run of pole position dominance at Barbagallo, with Mostert, Winterbottom and Waters holding the last five pole positions, having clean swept the poles in 2015 and 2016.
Mark Winterbottom – #5
“Phillip Island was good for confidence. It’s nice to know that we’re travelling in the right direction. Perth for us is a very good event notoriously, but it’s going to be tough. There are quick cars this year but strategy and using the tyre at the right time and all the little bits of experience that you can lean on will work quite well in Perth. It’s nice to go to a track that you have confidence at. Hopefully it’ll be good for us again.”
Cameron Waters – #6
“It’s cool to go back to Perth, I got my first pole there last year so hopefully we can go back there and get another one. So far this year the car’s gotten a lot better and I’m driving a lot better so hopefully if we put everything together we can do well. Every time we’ve gotten in the car we’ve got a bit better, I’m driving a bit better, really just building momentum. We’re going back to the super softs for Perth so a different tyre but going to Perth it’s the hardest joint on tyres. We don’t have the loads but the degradation is going to be massive so going into the weekend it’ll be something we’re thinking about. If we can get a car that looks after its tyres I think we’ll go quite well.”
Chaz Mostert – #55
“Perth’s been a good track for us in the past. We’ve had some good results there for PRA. It’s probably a bit different to how Phillip Island panned out. We don’t think that the tyres will be as explosive there. We’ll obviously get our heads down in the books, see what we learnt from Phillip Island, see what worked, what didn’t work and try and roll out a car that’s going to be pretty competitive there. The stuff we’ve been doing is definitely improving the car. We’ve changed our approach completely from what we’ve done in the last couple of years so we’ve just got to keep building on that.”
“I think another pole position is within reach but we can’t get ahead of ourselves. The team did a fantastic job to give each of our drivers a car that looked after its tyres at Phillip Island and that’s exactly what we need for Barbagallo. The tracks are vastly different, with the loads of Phillip Island absent in Perth but degradation becomes another issue. We have some of the best minds in the category here at PRA and Perth has been a strong track for us in the past but there’s still a lot of hard work that needs to be done before practice on Friday.”
EVENT NAME: Perth SuperSprint
DATE: 5 – 7 May
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
EVENT NUMBER: 4 of 14
FORMAT: Friday – 2 x 45-minute practice;
Saturday – 1 x 45 min practice, 1 x 15min qualifying, 1 x 50-lap race,
Sunday – 1 x 20min qualifying, 1 x 83-lap race
CIRCUIT: Barbagallo Raceway
LENGTH: 2.42-kilometres (clockwise)
DESCRIPTION: Barbagallo is more challenging than its short length suggests. The circuit is filled with long-radius corners which make it essential to have a well-balanced car. The final turn of the track at the end of the long back straight is the hardest braking point in the championship.
TRACK RECORD: 55.94s – Jason Bright, 2004 (race lap record)
PRA BEST RESULT AT PERTH: 1st (x7) – Mark Winterbottom (2008, 2012, 2015, 2016), Will Davison (2012), Chaz Mostert (2014)
Prodrive Racing Australia returns to one of its most successful tracks for the upcoming Perth SuperSprint, hopeful of continuing their winning form at the Western Australia event. On a high following recent success at Phillip Island, Mark Winterbottom is hopeful of further results at Barbagallo Raceway where he holds a total of seven race wins; […]Read next article