Phillip Island, located approximately 140km south of Melbourne, has a long history of motor racing. The first race was held way back in the 1920s on a road circuit. In 1952 work began on the famous circuit, which was completed in 1956. The track held numerous touring car and sports car races throughout the 50s and 60s. In the late 1970s the circuit fell into disrepair and it remained essentially dormant for almost a decade. In the mid-80s it was purchased with a view to re-build and re-introduce motor racing. In 1989 the circuit was re-opened, hosting the 500cc Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. A year later the Australian Touring Car Championship (the forerunner of V8 Supercars), paid the Island a visit. Since then the circuit has continued to flourish - a permanent home for Moto GP, Superbikes and V8 Supercars.
CIRCUIT LENGTH - 4.446 KILOMETRES
CIRCUIT DIRECTION - ANTI-CLOCKWISE
AVERAGE SPEED - 174 KM/PH
MAXIMUM SPEED - 290 KM/PH (Gardner straight)
Phillip Island is one of Australia’s greatest racing circuits. Long at almost 4.5 kilometres, it is fast, flowing and spectacular. The track features 7 left handers and 5 right handers – a mixture of slow and high speed corners that test driver skill and a car’s handling prowess. Highlights include the high speed first turn (Doohan corner) and the iconic Lukey Heights. Really though, the whole track is one big highlight. Weather can play a big part in a race weekend with the small island often pummelled by wind and rain.
With the Pirtek Enduro Cup finished for another year, round 13 takes us back to the Super Sprint format of two 100km races on Saturday and a single 200km race on Sunday.
10:05-10:25: Practice One
11:45-12:05: Practice Two
13:50-14:10: Practice Three
16:00-16:30: Practice Four
11:50-12:00: Qualifying one
12:10-12:20: Qualifying two
14:30-15:20: Race one – 100km
16:35-17:25: Race two – 100km
13:00-13:20: Qualifying three
15:55-17:20: Race two – 200km
10:40-11:00: Team BOC Merchandise Truck
14:00-14:20: Team BOC Merchandise Truck
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Round 12: Gold Coast 600, 24-26 October
Grid Position: 24
Jones started the race, looking to knock over the co-driver stint at the start. He got away well and held position before handing the car over to Bright on lap 41. Bright resumed in 17th position and held station until a safety car was brought out following a big hit into the wall by David Reynolds. While most cars pitted, leader Whincup stayed out, putting the Team BOC VF Commodore a lap down. From there it was a struggle for Bright and the Team with a small mechanical issue causing further problems towards the end of the race, sending Bright off track. With on-track attrition Bright and Jones were still able to finish in 16th position, 8 spots up from their grid slot.
Grid Position: 24
As he did in the first race yesterday, Andrew Jones started the race and was pleasantly surprised with the handling balance after battling all weekend. Jones steadily moved up the field and handed the car over to Bright on lap 36. Resuming after the pitstop in 22nd position Bright also found the Team BOC VF Commodore’s handling balance more to his liking and set about moving up the order. By lap 72 he was up to 12th and holding his own in the field. Unfortunately a front bumper bar was damaged during the race and started to disintegrate forcing Bright into the pits for a hasty change and putting the car back in the field where it eventually finished in 19th place.
With the Enduro Cup finished for another year, Team BOC’s Jason Bright is keen to tackle the Super Sprint round of the Championship at a circuit he loves.
“Going back to Phillip Island will be good,” he said.
“We had a really good run there last year and had very good pace all weekend. We didn’t get the results we should have but we certainly had a quick car.”
It was a disappointing weekend last month at the Gold Coast for Team BOC, a result of not getting on top of the VF Commodore’s setup.
“We really didn’t get it right till the Sunday, but by then it was too late,” Bright said.
The stunning Phillip Island circuit is a highlight for Bright, who has a particular affinity with the picturesque track.
“It’s just a great circuit,” he said.
“High speed, fast, flowing corners. It’s one of the best tracks. It was really challenging last year with the car of the future and with the track being completely resurfaced. I hope we have a really good run. Bathurst shows that it’s the kind of track that our car does have some pretty good strengths.”
1. Jamie Whincup: 2835
2. Mark Winterbottom: 2433
3. Shane Van Gisbergen: 2357
4.Craig Lowndes: 2331
5. Fabian Coulthard: 2192
14: Jason Bright: 1560
1. Red Bull Racing Australia: 5216
2. Ford Performance Racing: 4605
3. Holden Racing Team: 3991
4. Brad Jones Racing: 3752
5. Norton Hornets: 3274
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Published: 12 November 2014.