The Sydney 500 began in 2009 and uses the Homebush Sydney Olympic Park precinct. Developed as a fitting end of season marquee event, the race has grown in stature and now sits proudly as one of the most exciting and unique events of the year.
CIRCUIT LENGTH - 3.222 KILOMETRES
CIRCUIT DIRECTION - ANTI-CLOCKWISE
AVERAGE SPEED - 139 KM/PH
MAXIMUM SPEED - 248 KM/PH
The Homebush street circuit was designed by none other than Mark Skaife. It’s a notoriously difficult track with bumps, camber changes and a mixture of fast and slow corners – all lined with those unforgiving concrete walls and (necessarily) crude tyre barriers. The unforgiving nature of the circuit lends itself to unpredictable racing. It’s tough, tight and punishes mistakes.
We’re back to a Super Street format which means two 125km races on Saturday and one 250km race on Sunday.
09:30-09:50: Practice One
11:45-12:05: Practice Two
14:20-14:40: Practice Three
09:00-09:20: Practice Four
11:15-11:25: Qualifying one
11:35-11:45: Qualifying two
14:30-15:35: Race one – 125km (37 laps)
16:50-18:00: Race two – 125km (37 laps)
10:05-10:50: Qualifying three
15:40-17:45: Race two – 250km (74 laps)
12:30-13:00: Autograph session (indoor garage)
10:05-10:50: True colour track walk
Round 13: Phillip Island 400, 14-16 November
Grid Position: 8
From eighth spot on the grid Bright held station in the early laps of the race. When both Mostert and Winterbottom in their FPR Falcons suffered separate incidents, Bright moved up to 6th and held the position to the finish, just 4 tenths in front of Reynolds.
Grid Position: 13
Bright dropped three places at the start and struggled for handling balance. He held position for much of the race. Towards the end of the 32 lap race the Team BOC Commodore went to pass Shane Van Gisbergen on the outside of the final corner but the car was forced on to the dirty part of the track off line and slithered back two positions. Bright eventually finished in 17th position.
Grid Position: 9
From ninth spot on the grid Bright battled understeer (losing grip at the front) with the car and dropped back to tenth at the start. When a safety car was called on lap 14, the team put fresh rubber and fuel into the Team BOC Commodore in super quick time, sending Bright back out in sixth. Still battling serious understeer, Davison managed to squeeze past but from there Bright used all his racecraft to hold off Percat and bring the car home seventh
It’s been a season filled with highs and lows and Team BOC’s Jason Bright would love nothing more than finishing the year with a podium at the Sydney 500.
Bright has a history of strong finishes at Homebush - including a podium in both 2010 and last year.
“It’s a challenging joint,” Bright said.
“I’ve had the couple of good results there in the past. It’s a great format with the 250km race on the Sunday being, I think, the perfect race distance on a street circuit like that. It mixes things up quite a lot; there’s lots of different strategies and different ways that the race can pan out. It always provides great racing.”
Bright is keen to finish the year on a high.
“It’s been an up and down year. The car certainly still has the speed to get podiums. It’s just been different reasons that has stopped us from getting podiums in the second half of the year. I’d like to finish the race strongly and get a good result at the last round.”
1. Jamie Whincup: 3094
2. Mark Winterbottom: 2642
3. Craig Lowndes: 2547
4. Shane Van Gisbergen: 2508
5. Scott McLaughlin: 2295
13: Jason Bright: 1734
1. Red Bull Racing Australia: 5691
2. Ford Performance Racing: 4940
3. Holden Racing Team: 4379
4. Brad Jones Racing: 4039
5. Norton Hornets: 3569
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Published: 03 December 2014.