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Sunday 7 May

RACE WRAP

Jamie Whincup – Car #88
Qualifying Race 2 – Sixth (0:54.8022)
Race 2 – Third
Championship standing – Third (780 points)Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
Qualifying Race 2 – Fourth (0:54.6568)
Race 2 – Sixth
Championship standing – Second (783 points)
Jamie Whincup – Car #88

“It was a fairly uneventful day, to be honest. It was a long old tyre game, as it always is around here. We would love to have a win, so would the other 25 drivers in the category, but we will get there, it’s not too far away. We will keep chipping away as we always do, it’s that extra one percent that’s needed. Two podiums here is a great result for us, everyone is being all ‘doom and gloom’ over the competition we are facing, but as I said earlier it’s awesome for the category. We will go into Winton with some data under our belt, however, for me, the Winton track has always been a tight and repetitive track. We need to make sure we qualify well there, otherwise you don’t stand a chance.”

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97

“It was a pretty straightforward race, we just went about the strategy. The car felt ok, but as I said yesterday, we are still lacking pace. We just aren’t fast enough, and from my point of view, it was a pretty uneventful race. I didn’t pass anyone until my last lap, I just kept driving around. The car feels good, but we just need to make it faster. We’ve had better weekends, that’s for sure, but all we can do is keep pushing and crunching the numbers to keep up the front.”

11:15am – A final qualy sessions see’s SVG in P4 again, with JW in P6 ahead of this afternoon’s race.

8:02am – Good Morning Barbagallo.

The bulls get ready to hit the track

Saturday 6 May

RACE WRAP

Jamie Whincup – Car #88
Practice 3 –  Fifth (0:55.1714)
Qualifying Race 1 – Third (0:55.0316)
Race 1 – ThirdShane van Gisbergen – Car #97
Practice 3 – 23rd (0:56.4596)
Qualifying Race 1 – Fourth (0:55.0522)
Race 1 – Fourth
Jamie Whincup – Car #88

“We pushed hard today, but it wasn’t enough. There is no doubting that the competition is strong, but that’s what we want. You can only stay on the top for so long, and it is awesome to go out there and get involved in some actual racing. The car was good. I got a reasonable start, but we need to make the car quicker, which could be a challenge. No surprises out there, but obviously with the format as it is, it’s so important to qualify well. If we had qualified slightly better we may have seen a higher step on the podium. Really happy with P3,  we are confident we can maximize what we have heading into tomorrow.”

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97

“We started ok. We just didn’t have the pace today, I just couldn’t get up the front. In the first stint I really fell behind, I couldn’t keep up. Jamie (Whincup) got past me and got in front, he raced on. We pitted, made an adjustment which made the car better, but by that time we were too far behind. The racing was ok, but we can do better. The car feels good, we just need pace. We can try a few things tomorrow to ensure we have a really good crack, we just need to push that little bit harder.”

12:45pm – A tough qualifying session saw us nab p3 and p4 ahead of this afternoon’s race. #sidebyside

10:10am – A tough practice session saw JW and SVG have their fastest times revoked due to exceeding track limits. Disappointing, but that’s what practice is for!

7:12am – Perth bringing the goods this morning with epic sunshine and clear skies – such a nice changed from Philip island and Tasmania!

6:15am – On track today.

Saturday on track schedule

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Friday 5 May

PRACTICE WRAP

Jamie Whincup – Car #88
Practice 1 – Second (Fastest Lap: 0:55.6940)
Practice 2 – Third (Fastest Lap: 0:55.0457)Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97
Practice 1 – 11th (Fastest Lap: 0:56.3042)
Practice 2 –  First (Fastest Lap: 0:54.7762) *Practice Lap Record*
Jamie Whincup – Car #88

““My car is good without a doubt. I was clocking fast laps the moment I put new tyres on. It’s a crazy little track, I am looking forward to really racing tomorrow. We are there or thereabouts, tyre strategy is going to be key over the weekend due to the grip on the track, it’s fairly worn out as we all know. Just a bit of work tonight will have the car race ready tomorrow.”

Shane van Gisbergen – Car #97

“The day is never perfect, it was a tough day. It is a tricky track with zero grip. I think we made some good steps forward today, it was tough to finally get there, but I think we can walk away from the day with some good information to work on overnight. We broke the practice lap record, which has been held by Jamie (Whincup) for about six years, so as hard as it was to get there, it was worth the push. The car felt amazing at the end, hopefully, it stays amazing all weekend.”

1:00pm – JW came out of the first practice session in P2 with SVG in P11 – straight back on track in less than 45min.

10:32am – We are signing! If you can’t make it today, don’t stress – another chance on Sunday.

Merch signing session

8:10 am – Barbagallo bound!

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Thursday 4 May

11:38am – You think the competition’s tight on the track? You should have seen these boys in the karts! Check out the full story from this morning’s action here.

Shane van Gisbergen, Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes karting session ahead of the Perth SuperSprint this weekend. Australia on May 4, 2017 Shane van Gisbergen, Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes karting session ahead of the Perth SuperSprint this weekend. Australia on May 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday 3 May

10:04am – CAUCHI ON PERTH “We are ready for another weekend of racing. Tyre wear is a big factor in Perth and getting the car setup right is key to making the tyres last the race distance. Plenty of strategy options available as well so a good brain teaser for engineers and crew.”

8:00am – Ready or not Perth, here we come.

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Tuesday 2 May

4:32pm – Throwback Tuesday is a thing right? Too bad if not, we are making it one. SVG gave us his thoughts on the track last year.

SVG runs through the Barbagallo track

2:23pm –  What’s the most challenging part of Barbagallo race way Jamie? “The turn six bowl.  You enter the corner in fifth gear, brake hard and back third.  The car really loads up at the mid corner and give you a great feeling when you get it right.”

12:30pm – RBRA OVERHEARD – JW on Barbagallo – Since the facility upgrades, the Barbagallo event is one of the most enjoyable on the calendar. While Tassie has its hairpin, Barbagallo has its bowl, which is equally as critical to go fast and just as challenging to get right.

11:02am – Barbagallo Flashback 2016.

Triple Eight's first 1-2-3 podium lock-out.

10:20am – FAST FACT – No team has more Barbagallo poles than Triple Eight – 12 in total.

9:00am – Drivers, get your drivers! Don’t miss your chance to meet JDub and SVG in the west.

 

Date: Wednesday 3 May

Time: 4:00 – 5:00pm  

Location: Caltex, Hollosy Way, Ashby

 

Date: Thursday 4 May

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm  

Location: Forrest Place, Perth City

 

Date: Friday 5th May

Time: 10:30 – 10:50am  

Location: RBHRT merchandise shop, on track

Note: Signing card required*

 

Date: Sunday 7th May

Time: 9:00 – 9:30am  

Location: RBHRT merchandise shop, on track

Note: NO Signing card required. This is a VASC session.