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- 2019 V8 Supercar Championship Season - News - WILSON SECURITY SANDOWN 500 PREVIEW
News // Wilson Security Sandown 500 Preview

ROUND 10 OF 14

EVENT START - FRIDAY, 12th SEPTEMBER 2014

EVENT END - SUNDAY, 14th SEPTEMBER 2014

TRACK FACTS

Built in the early 1960s, Sandown is located just 30 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne in the suburb of Springvale. It comprises two thoroughbred horse racing tracks and of course the famous motor racing circuit. Because it’s nestled within a residential area the track is limited to five major motorsport events per year with the Sandown 500 being the biggest.

CIRCUIT LENGTH - 3.1 KILOMETRES

AVERAGE SPEED - 164 KM/PH

MAXIMUM SPEED - 270 KM/PH

FASTEST POINT - BACK STRAIGHT

SLOWEST POINT - TURN 3

The Team BOC VF Commodore will hit almost 260km/h along the pit straight at Sandown then it’s hard on the brakes for the first corner. On exit the cars monster the kerb as they power down to the right/left chicane. Turn four is critical as the exit impacts the speed down the back straight – the fastest part of the circuit – where the Team BOC Commodore will hit almost 270km/h. Next is an awesome fast left hander before a slower right and then left hander at turn 9. The cars then head down a short straight and tackle the final right-left combination before heading back on to the front straight. Bumps, surface changes and kerbs all play a major part of the Sandown experience.

WHAT'S ON

Friday

10:35-11:15: Practice One – Main series drivers

12:35-13:15: Practice Two – Co-drivers

14:35-15:15: Practice Three – Co-drivers

Saturday

10:05-10:45: Practice Four – Main series drivers

12:15-12:35: Qualifying

14:45-15:20: Qualifying race one – Co-drivers

16:40-17:15: Qualifying race two – Main drivers

Sunday 

13:40-17:15: Sandown 500

MEET THE DRIVERS!

Here's where you'll catch Jonesy and Brighty

Saturday:

08:30-09:00: Driver's autograph session (near team transporters)

13:45-14:05: Driver's merchandise autograph session (Team BOC merchandise marquee)

Sunday:

09:00-09:30: Driver's autograph session (near team transporters)

11:45-12:05: Driver's merchandise autograph session (Team BOC merchandise marquee)

WIN A COOL PRIZE

Here's your chance to win $100 to spend at our online store. Just spend $80 or more on Team BOC gear and you go into the draw for a $100 voucher to spend at the Team BOC online store

LAST TIME OUT

Round 9: Sydney Motorsport Park, 23rd-24th August.

Race One 100km

Ten minutes before the start of the race the heavens opened at Eastern Creek and suddenly it was wet tyres and a sodden track. The conditions played into the hands of Bright and he rocketed off the start, making up 6 positions within a lap. From there he moved to 13th where he stayed for much of the race battling with Moffat. Just past half way he finally got past the Nissan and as conditions dried his car took off, Bright making up multiple positions to finish ninth, 11 places above his qualifying spot. 

Race Two 100km

From sixth on the grid Bright was swamped after stalling on the line, ending up 12th by the start of the second lap. From there it was another stellar drive from Bright, with the Team BOC Commodore gobbling up competitors on all parts of the track. Bright was up to sixth by lap 7 and fourth by lap 13. The three leaders, Van Gisbergen, Whincup and Mostert were a few seconds up the road but that was reduced to nothing after a safety car was deployed late in the race. It briefly looked like Bright was poised to battle for a podium position but it was not to be, finishing in fourth.

Race three 200km

The 200 kay race would feature two stops for fuel and tyres. The teams also had one set of soft tyres worth more than a second per lap. Bright opted to start the race on the softs but like all the soft tyre runners he was forced to pit on lap one when a safety car was deployed for an accident involving the Fords of Pye and Reynolds. From there Bright battled hard in a very fast VF Commodore and on lap 27 the team rolled the dice by bringing the car in early for the last fuel and tyre stop. Bright was up to third by lap 31 as others pitted but lost two spots and settled into fifth. On the last lap, with older tyres than the rest, Bright lost fifth to Whincup and ended the race in sixth position.

THIS TIME ROUND

After a strong round at Sydney Motorsport Park last month, Team BOC’s Jason Bright is brimming with confidence leading into the first of the Pirtek Enduro Cup races at Sandown.

“I think we’re looking good,” he said.

“In last year’s enduros the car was pretty strong, particularly at Bathurst, so I’m really looking forward to these races. We had a good test the other day and Andy’s going well in the Dunlop series. I think we’ve learnt a lot since last year’s Sandown about what will actually make the car work on that particular circuit so we should be pretty strong.”

Co-driver Andrew Jones, who’s been getting plenty of racing miles under his belt with a full time Dunlop Series (second tier) program, is similarly optimistic.

“Our test day last week went really well, going off what we did the last couple of years that should bode well,” he said.

“Sandown though has been a bit of a bogey track for us in the past but we worked on some stuff solely around Sandown at the test day and hopefully some of that will bear some fruit for us. It would be great to be hovering around the top 5 or top 3.”

This year’s Pirtek Enduro Cup will mark the third time that Bright and Jones have raced together, a distinct advantage according to Bright. 

“We know what each other wants in every aspect and it all happens a lot easier after a couple of times,” he said.

“You don’t have to second guess what the other person is thinking and that goes a long way in this kind of sport.”

Jones agrees.

“Always continuity in this game is a good thing. To be saddling back up as Brighty’s helper for the enduros is very humbling for me, I feel pretty privileged to be a part of the group. The way it works with Andrew Edwards in control of the engineering side with Wally and Chop and Tommy who work on the car – we’ve had that continuity across the last 3 years so everyone is very familiar with one another," Jones said. 

This year’s race marks the 200th Championship round start for Brad Jones Racing and co-owner Brad Jones couldn’t be more proud of his team's achievement.

“I think it’s a testament to some of the amazing people that we’ve had working here since we started in V8 Supercars in 2000 at Phillip Island,” he said.

“To be able to ride the highs and lows as we have and pop out the other side as one of the most competitive V8 Supercar teams is something both (fellow co-owner) Kim and I are very proud of. I look forward to the next 200!”

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS

Drivers:

1.            Jamie Whincup: 2025

2.            Mark Winterbottom: 1890

3.            Craig Lowndes: 1812

4.            Shane Van Gisbergen: 1778

5.            Fabian Coulthard: 1712

10.         Jason Bright: 1329

Teams:

1.            Red Bull Racing Australia: 3887

2.            Ford Performance Racing: 3417

3.            Holden Racing Team: 3142

4.            Brad Jones Racing: 3041

5.            Norton Hornets: 2473

DID YOU KNOW

Brad Jones Racing debuted the OzEmail AU Falcon, with Brad at the wheel, in 2000 at Phillip Island - their first year in the series. The team ran a single car until 2002 when John Bowe joined to partner Brad. It has been expanding ever since, now running three cars in the V8 Supercar series and a further three cars in the second tier Dunlop series.

FOLLOW US ONLINE

Follow the team online at www.teamboc.com.au and on facebook and twitter @teamboc and Instagram @teambocv8sc. 

Published: 10 September 2014.

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