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PREVIEW: AUCKLAND 500

Jamie Whincup – Car #1

“From one bumpy track with plenty of character to another at Pukekohe this weekend. While it was great to have Dutto engineering the last few rounds to get the car back into the window, its now up to Cauchi to steer the ship from here on in and I have full faith in him. Puke requires a really good flowing car that handles the bumps well. We are still screaming for a result after not making the podium during the season of endurance.”

 

Craig Lowndes – Car #888

“We had great run through the Enduro part of the year and I am looking forward to New Zealand. It is a circuit I enjoy, but I haven’t had such great success there in the past. I am looking forward to turning that around this year.”

 

The Enduro Season has come to an end, which means it’s time for the Red Bull Racing Australia team to jump across the ditch and visit our neighbours!

2015 is the tenth time the V8 Supercars Championship has competed at Pukekohe Park Raceway and the third year since the category made its return on a revised circuit featuring a chicane in the old back straight.

Friday kicks off with two practice sessions at the track.  Saturday is a massive day, delivering a final practice session, followed by two ten minute qualifying sessions. The first of the 60km races starts at 3.00pm, with the second race at 5.00pm.

Fourth and final practice starts Sunday morning, followed by a twenty minute qualifying. The third race at Pukekohe starts 4.00pm local time with sixty nine laps of raw power.

 

2014

JW CL
Race 1 4th 16th
Race 2 4th 10th
Race 3 10th 20th

 

ITM AUCKLAND 500 – Pukeohe Park Raceway

Circuit length: 2.91km

Circuit direction: Clockwise

Average speed: 157km/h

Maximum speed: 265km/h

 

Championship standings

 

1st – Mark Winterbottom, 2599 points

2nd – Craig Lowndes, 2341 points

3rd – David Reynolds, 2281 points

4th – Garth Tander, 2141 points

5th – Fabian Coulthard, 2096 points

8th – Jamie Whincup, 1792 points

 

1st – Pepsi Max Crew, 4668 points

2ndHRT, 4247 points

3rdRBRA, 4168 points

4th – BJR, 3563 points

5th – Jack Daniel’s Racing, 2873 points