2016 F1GP Melb

This week the team will arrive at Symmons Plains Raceway for the Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint. The three day event will see Chris Pither leverage the strong drive he had at the Aussie GP. Lets take a look at the drivers view.

The Drivers View – Chris Pither: “After making good progress at the AGP, I’m excited to get back in the car and carry that momentum to Tassie. Like the AGP, my main focus will be on qualifying. The Symmons Plains circuit has the shortest lap on the calendar so we will see extremely small separation in the qualifying results and track position in the races will be crucial.

 The last time I drove at Symmons Plains was in 2005 in the Kanga Loaders V8 Ute. I have never driven a V8 Supercar at Symmons Plains, but it was a cool track in a Ute so it’s only going to be better in a V8 Supercar. I can’t wait to hit the track on Friday!”

EVENT NAME: Tasmania SuperSprint

DATE: 1 – 3 April    

LOCATION: Launceston, Tasmania

EVENT NUMBER: 2 of 15

FORMAT: Friday – 2 x 60-minute practice; Saturday – 1 x 15min practice, 1 x 15min qualifying, 1 x 50 lap race; Sunday – 1 x 20min qualifying, 1 x 84-lap race

 CIRCUIT: Symmons Plains

LENGTH: 2.41-kilometres

DESCRIPTION: The circuit’s main features include a banked hairpin corner and a long back straight that should see the Prodrive Racing Fords reach near their maximum speed. The turn four hairpin and left hander at the end of the back straight are the two best passing opportunities. Brakes are worked very hard with two large stops within half a minute of one another. The banking at the hairpin makes for a unique opportunity to line up a good run out of one of the slowest corners on the V8 Supercar calendar.

TRACK RECORD: 51.47s – Rick Kelly, 2009

PRA BEST RESULT: 1st – Mark Winterbottom (2010)

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It was a pleasing result on what was a non-points round at the Australian Grand Prix held at Albert Park in Melbourne. After the incident in race two in Adelaide it was important the team to look past it and come back strong. Chris did an outstanding job and was straight back to speed making consistent progress through the weekend.

Chris says “I am pretty happy. We made some good steps forward across the weekend and we’ve gained every time we’ve hit the track. We’ve got three top-15 finishes in a row and as long as we keep doing that, keep gaining; we’ll be knocking on the door of the top 10 soon. The Super Black Ford is feeling comfortable and we’re making good gains.”

Tim Edwards – Team Principal for Prodrive Racing:
“We’ve had a solid if unspectacular run but each of the four drivers feels they’ve gained car performance and learnt something so that’s encouraging. Cam’s little error aside we had a trouble-free day which is good given we’ve seen a lot of action in the last few days.”

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX RESULTS
RACE 1
1) Shane Van Gisbergen – Triple Eight
2) Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight
3) Chaz Mostert – Supercheap Auto Racing
4) Fabian Coulthard – DJR Penske
5) Scott Pye – DJR Penske
10) Cameron Waters – Monster Energy Racing
14) Chris Pither – Super Black Racing
21) Mark Winterbottom – The Bottle-O Racing Team

RACE 2
1) Shane Van Gisbergen – Triple Eight
2) Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight
3) Craig Lowndes – Triple Eight
4) Fabian Coulthard – DJR Penske
5) Chaz Mostert – Supercheap Auto Racing
12) Mark Winterbottom – The Bottle-O Racing Team
13) Cameron Waters – Monster Energy Racing
15) Chris Pither – Super Black Racing
AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX RESULTS

RACE 3
1) Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight
2) Shane Van Gisbergen – Triple Eight
3) Craig Lowndes – Triple Eight
4) Garth Tander – HRT
5) Fabian Coulthard – DJR Penske
6) Chaz Mostert – Supercheap Auto Racing
11) Mark Winterbottom – The Bottle-O Racing Team
13) Chris Pither – Super Black Racing
22) Cameron Waters – Monster Energy Racing

RACE 4
1) Shane Van Gisbergen – Triple Eight
2) Fabian Coulthard – DJR Penske
3) Craig Lowndes – Triple Eight
4) James Courtney – HRT
5) Michael Caruso – Kelly Racing
9) Chaz Mostert – Supercheap Auto Racing
11) Mark Winterbottom – The Bottle-O Racing Team
14) Cameron Waters – Monster Energy Racing
23) Chris Pither – Super Black Racing

EVENT POINTS
1) Shane Van Gisbergen – Triple Eight: 294 points
2) Craig Lowndes – Triple Eight: 245
3) Fabian Coulthard – DJR Penske: 244
5) Chaz Mostert – Supercheap Auto Racing: 212
12) Mark Winterbottom – The Bottle-O Racing Team: 127
13) Cameron Waters – Monster Energy Racing: 123
16) Chris Pither – Super Black Racing: 112