It hasn't been a long history for Queensland Raceway. Nestled in the suburb of Ipswich it opened in the late 90s and held its first V8 Supercar race in 1999. Back then it was the ‘Queensland 500’ pre-Bathurst event and the first one was won by Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall. It held its 500 kay Bathurst warm up spot until 2002. Ingall holds the race lap record but he set it 13 years after that first win in 2012. Lowndesy currently has the most wins at the circuit with 11 from Tander on 5.
CIRCUIT LENGTH - 3.12 KILOMETRES
AVERAGE SPEED - 162 KM/PH
MAXIMUM SPEED - 255 KM/PH
It’s a simple track configuration, Queensland Raceway, with only six corners in total, most of them right handers. That just means that getting it absolutely right is imperative with the competition so close. After Turn 1 is fast and it's crucial to get it right to start the lap. Turn 2 leads on to the main straight and then onto the brakes for turn 3. Turns 4 and 5 are the tricky little token left handers and then it’s on to the final turn 6. There are generally 3 good passing opportunities on the track – into turn 3, turn 4 and then 6.
Friday (All sessions in local time)
10:10-10:30: Practice one
13:15-13:35: Practice two
15:10-15:30: Practice three
11:25-11:35: Qualifying one
11:45-11:55: Qualifying two
14:25-15:15: Race one 100km
16:30pm-17:20: Race two 100km
12:55-13:15: Qualifying three
15:50-17:15: Race three 200km
09:55-10:25: Autograph session at team garage
12:25-12:45: Team BOC Merchandise area
10:00-10:30: Fan grid experience (meet the drivers and check out the cars)
10:45-11:00: Team BOC Merchandise area
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Brighty nabbed seventh in race one last year before grabbing fifth and seventh in the two Sunday races.
Brighty's Team BOC Commodore has had plenty of pace over the last couple of rounds. He qualified top 5 in Darwin and who can forget that awesome pole in Townsville.
Unfortunately the team hasn't been able to convert that pace into podiums and that's exactly what Brighty wants to do this weekend.
A test day last week should help, with Bright pleased with the results.
“I thought the test went really well,” he said.
“You don’t go to tests with a heap of development parts on like we used to, you go there to try and learn little bits about the car that are going to help you during a race meeting. I felt that we had a really good day and learnt quite a bit.”
Following the successful test, Bright is confident that he can make a big impression at QR.
“We went to the test day with some set things to work on and those things should work well at QR,” he said.
“The car has definitely had good pace for the last few rounds. Hopefully we’ll continue that this weekend and score the points that I feel the car deserves.”
Queensland Raceway is the nominated test track for Queensland based teams but Bright doesn’t think that will prove advantageous to the northern squads.
“You’d think that they’d get an advantage from testing up there but it never seems to be the case,” Bright said.
“The amount of times that Victorian teams have won at QR and Queensland teams have won at Winton is unbelievable. In reality the track probably changes that much on a race weekend that it’s almost a disadvantage.”
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Published: 30 July 2014.