Bite sized event history (because history is fun!):
In 1834, explorer John Butler thought he'd have a crack at finding some lost cattle. There's no word on whether he found the cattle but he did have a nice look around what is now the home of Barbagallo Raceway. There's little doubt that if John was alive today he'd be a massive Team BOC fan. There's no way to prove otherwise, so we'll run with that. Wanneroo Raceway was constructed in 1969. Touring cars started to visit the track in the early 1970s and all the big guns of Australian motorsport have won there over the years. In 1992 the circuit was renamed Barbagallo Raceway after West Australian racing identity Alf Barbagallo provided much needed funds to build the new 'short circuit'. Now let's fast forward to 2011, where Barbagallo Raceway was the venue for Brad Jones Racing's very first win (and infamous 'barbecue' crash for Karl Reindler in the sister car). Brighty won that historic day and you'd better believe he's ready to win again this year!
Length: 2.42 kilometres
Average speed: 157km/ph
Maximum speed: 252km/ph
Barbagallo is a relatively short and simple circuit but it does have an interesting mix of corners and a low grip and abrasive surface ? blame the copious amounts of sand around the track. The track is undulating and flowing, especially after the first corner and through the esses. Lovely stuff.
Back to the 'Super Sprint' format for round five with three practice sessions on Friday, two 100 kay races on Saturday, then one 200 kay race on the Sunday.
All sessions in Australian Western Standard Time.
10:10am: Practice one
12:10am: Practice two
2:05pm: Practice three
10:15am: Qualifying one
10:35am: Qualifying two
12:25pm: Race one 100km
2:30pm: Race two 100km
10:35am: Qualifying three
1:50pm: Race three 200km
Catch up Brighty here:
Saturday: 9:00-9:20 VBM Merchandise area
Sunday: 9:15-9:35: VBM Merchandise area
Win a cool prize!
Purchase the 2014 Team BOC pit shirt at the track and you'll go into the draw to win a new jacket! Perfect time of year to win one of those.
Brighty was fast at Barbagallo last year, very fast! He finished fourth in the first race but better was to come the following day when he grabbed pole for race two. Unfortunately the start didn't go to plan and he dropped to fourth before moving up to second at the flag. After a technical problem in qualifying, Bright lined up a disappointing 12th for the third race but then showed great pace to claw his way up to third by the end. It was a weekend that showed the pace of the Team BOC VF Commodore and two podiums was a great reward for a strong team effort.
Our man Brighty has rocketed up the Championship standings following that tough start to the year *cough rollover*. After the first round at Clipsal in Adelaide he was sitting outside the top 20 but now sits in eighth. There?s every chance that he'll be scoring more valuable points this time round at Barbagallo Raceway.
"Perth is very low grip and quite abrasive," he said.
"It's a soft tyre round and I think that should also go well for us.
"It's going to be interesting to see how it goes, hopefully we can get a good haul of points,"
While he isn't getting ahead of himself, Brighty knows that the Championship is not lost and it?s all about racking up the points every round.
"The first couple of rounds really punished us but we've just got to keep working as we have been and being consistent and getting a good result when we can and we'll just keep moving up I'm sure,? Bright said.
So it all points to (hopefully) another good round for Brighty at Barbagallo. Make sure you follow all the action in person, on TV or online. Speaking of which?
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Published: 14 May 2014.