WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Nicknamed the Paperclip, because of its resemblance to the twisty little stationary item, Queensland Raceway (QR) is the eighth stop on the Virgin Australia Supercars 2016 itinerary – yes we have now passed the half way point of the season!
While QR is the home test track of the Queensland based teams, the Holden Racing Team holds its own when it comes to race stats. The factory squad has had eight race wins at the circuit which places them second on the list of the most wins at the circuit. HRT also won a race during the event’s inaugural round back in 1999.
Garth Tander and James Courtney also have a strong history at this track with a combined nine wins, 15 podiums and four pole positions between them. Tander currently sits second on the list of all-time winners (Courtney is tied in third) and is one of only two drivers to have started every single race at QR – 40 in total.
Only the Dunlop soft tyre compound is allocated for the weekend’s racing which should spice things up compared to previous years. The circuit is known for its rather carnage-free racing with the safety car having been called only five times in the last 19 races and only 11 times in the event’s 40 race history.
FROM THE BOSS’ DESK
Adrian Burgess, Managing Director:
“We’re coming off the back of a pretty good result in Townsville with two tops tens in Saturday and a podium on Sunday, but Townsville is traditionally a strong track for HRT because of its street circuit attributes. We aren’t getting too excited as we know we still have a long way to go in getting the cars where they need to be to achieve consistent results.”
“We saw a small improvement in the cars in qualifying at the last event and we would now like to carry that momentum into Ipswich, but it’s a very different circuit. I think the use of only the soft tyre is a welcome change and we have already seen that this has made racing more interesting for the spectators this year.”
“Queensland Raceway allows for good passing opportunities and with the average speed up around 165km per hour, it provides great wheel to wheel racing. Another benefit is you can see the whole track from pretty much any vantage point. Although it is a simple race track by design, it is still quite technical and will be a challenge for the engineers in terms of finding the perfect set up.”
Track Length 3.12kms
Track Direction Clockwise
Average Speed 162km/h
Top Speed 255km/h
Qualifying Lap Record 1.09.0593s
Race Lap Record 1.10.0423s
Event Format SuperSprint
Tyre Allocation 24 – Soft Tyre Compound only