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Old 06-06-2004, 20:47   #1 (permalink)
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New Black Top Set to Provide Fastest V8 Supercar Round

A total track resurface at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway is set to see lap times tumble and provide fans with even greater excitement at Round #5 of the 2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series between June 11 - 13.

A combination of the sand hills that surround the Wanneroo circuit and an abrasive course-chip surface, made Barbagallo Raceway a track that chewed-up tyres and subsequently provided poor grip.

Since the new hot-mix tarmac was laid over the summer, all other categories of racing have recorded vastly quicker lap times.

One of the drivers keen to see what the resurfaced track will provide is V8 Supercar Champion and winner of the Barbagallo round in 2003, Marcos Ambrose (Pirtek Racing).

“It’s great that Western Australian Sporting Car Club has invested heavily in the resurfacing of the track, it’s going to be like driving at a new circuit,” said Ambrose.

“It’s hard to predict what the lap times are going to be, but certainly from the outset the times will be quicker.

“Not only will the times be quicker, but it will help tyre life. Previously the tyres went away quite quickly and you had to take care of the rubber.

“Now we can race with the knowledge that tyre life will not be as big an issue. It’s going to provide a much better show for the fans.

“However, you can’t make any errors, as the old Barbagallo sand traps that line the circuit have not gone away. If there’s one thing for sure, the only way to get out of those things is on a towrope behind a four-wheel drive.”

Ambrose is currently second in the championship to Steven Richards. A repeat win in Perth would go a long way to making it back-to-back V8 Supercar Championship Series titles.

“I want to win Perth, it’s as simple as that,’ said Ambrose.

“We had a great car in the previous round in Darwin, but a combination of things worked against us and we came away with fourth place overall.

“The team is very motivated at the moment and with a teammate like Russell Ingall (Caltex Havoline Racing) also showing great speed, we have the ingredients for a top result.

“The win last year was a big thrill. The WA Ford fans really got into the spirit and I know their expectations are for another win, so I’ll be out there giving it a real shake.”

One driver with an outstanding record at Barbagallo Raceway is CAT Ford Performance Racing’s Craig Lowndes. The winner on four occasions, Lowndes is keen to break his Ford duck in the West.

“My first four visits all brought wins, so we’re keen to start another streak in the West beginning this year,” said Lowndes.

“Darwin showed that we’re on the improve and over three races you can really get yourself into the fight.

“I do enjoy the track, and with the new surface I’d be more than happy to give it a V8 Christening with a win”.

The V8 round at Barbagallo features three 42-lap races, with all comprising compulsory tyre pit stops.

Practice gets underway on Friday with further practice, qualifying, top-10 shootout and the opening race on the Saturday. Sunday concludes the event with a further two races.

Details for Barbagallo
Race 1 (42 laps – 101.22km) – Saturday 11 June – 4.10pm
Race 2 (42 laps – 101.22km) – Sunday 8 June – 10.35am
Race 3 (42 laps – 101.22km) – Sunday 8 June - 1pm

Circuit: Barbagallo Raceway (Wanneroo) – Perth, Western Australia
Length: 2.41m
Lap Records:
Qualifying – Skaife 0:56.9709 (2000)
Shootout – Radisich 0:57.2542 (2001)
Race – Lowndes 0:57.9950 (1996)

Estimated top speed: 245km/h – Main Straight
Estimated average speed: 150 km/h

Top-10 – Championship after 4 of 13 rounds
1. Steven Richards - Castrol Perkins Motorsport - Holden Commodore 704 pts
2. Marcos Ambrose – Pirtek Racing – Ford Falcon BA 694 pts
3. Greg Murphy – KMart Racing – Holden Commodore 665 pts
4. Rick Kelly – KMart Racing – Holden Commodore 644 pts
5. Jason Bright – PWR Racing – Holden Commodore 593 pts
6. Russell Ingall – Caltex Havoline Racing – Ford Falcon BA 514 pts
7. John Bowe – OzEmail Racing – Ford Falcon BA 484 pts
8. Todd Kelly – Holden Race Team – Holden Commodore 457 pts
9. Jason Bargwanna – Orrcon Steel Racing – Ford Falcon 438 pts
10. Garth Tander – Valvoline Racing – Holden Commodore 434 pts

Ford’s V8 Line-up for Barbagallo
#1 Marcos Ambrose Pirtek Racing
#9 Russell Ingall Caltex Havoline Racing
#5 Glenn Seton Ford Credit/FPV Ford Performance Racing
#6 Craig Lowndes CAT Ford Performance Racing
#10 Jason Bargwanna Orrcon Steel Racing
#20 Mark Winterbottom Orrcon Steel Racing
#12 John Bowe OzEmail Race Team
#21 Brad Jones OzEmail Race Team
#17 Steve Johnson Shell Helix Racing
#18 Warren Luff Shell Helix Racing
#23 David Besnard WPS Racing
#48 Mark Noske WPS Racing
#31 Steve Ellery Super Cheap Auto Racing
#88 Paul Radisich Team Betta Electrical
#888 Max Wilson Team Betta Electrical


Ford V8 Milestones at Barbagallo

100th Championship round start - Russell Ingall - Caltex Havoline Racing

Barbagallo debut
Mark Winterbottom - Orrcon Steel Racing
Warren Luff - Shell Helix Racing
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Old 06-06-2004, 22:59   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like it will be a good round, I cant wait! I hate the wait in between rounds its too long IMO. Formula 1 teams car get go from Monaco to Germany within a week why can the V8SC teams travel to the next round in the same country quicker
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Re: New Black Top Set to Provide Fastest V8 Supercar Round

God still a whole week to go for this round. Sounds like its going to be a good one though!!!
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Hopefully the weather will be good Im going Friday (cutting tafe too see the v8's aaah aint that cute) and Sunday.

Anyone gots tips for how to get some Autographs as its the only the second time i've been there :)

Got seto's last year after he went into the pits and I dont mean in a car lol
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Hey Vook,the only way I know to get yourself an autograph or two is to get yourself a paddock pass and wait behind the garages for the guys to make an appearance.You can also check outside the merchandise trucks for the teams as sometimes they have boards out saying that "Craig Lowndes will be here between 1 -130pm for autographs." Or whatever time they set.
So far I have photos taken of me with Dick Johnson {Eastern Creek},Craig Lowndes {Bathurst last year} and Glenn Seton{ Eastern Creek last year}.I'm hoping to get a pic taken with Marcos Ambrose this year at Oran Park in August.

Barbagallo sounds like it will be a great race this year,pity I'm going to be at work,oh,well I shall simply set the old vcr on and watch it later.
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Re: New Black Top Set to Provide Fastest V8 Supercar Round

Last year i caught craig coming out of the toilets to give me a signature. (hope he washed his hands lol)
Like BAracuda said, park ur ass outside the pit garages and wiat. Where the biggest crowd is, usually a driver is signing autographs.
Last year rick kelly and paul morris were riding scooters around in normal clothes all over the outside of the track and no fans even noticed em haha
The drivers walk around everywhere, just hang around in the pit area and ur bound to get a million signatures! oh and PUSH IN!! haha
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Try and get there on Friday morning, it's not as crowded and the drivers have more time to sign stuff cause they only have one practice session to do in the afternoon
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Re: New Black Top Set to Provide Fastest V8 Supercar Round

Not as Crowded? But Still Crowded right? I am only going friday to get Autographs

Anyone going to the Thing at Titan Ford tonight?
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Re: New Black Top Set to Provide Fastest V8 Supercar Round

i was there cause i work there :) but i was stuck out in the rain directing cars (hate being a first year aprentice lol) , it wasnt too bad though got to direct all the ford racing drivers and have a chat with em , and i got payed double time

there was a lot of people , it turned out to be a good night.

drivers in attendence:

Marcos Ambrose
Craig Lowndes
David Besnard
Brad Jones
Steven Johnson
Jason Bargwana
John Bowe
Glen Seton
Max Wilson
Paul Radasich

From What I Can Remeber , There Maybe Is One Or Two I Forgot.
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