2016 F1GP Melb

Pither feeling confident ahead of Symmons Plains

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


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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