WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The PIRTEK Enduro Cup has been run and won for another year, so we fondly farewell our outstanding co-drivers Jack Perkins and Warren Luff. From the team and on behalf of our sponsors and supporters we thank them for their efforts over the last three events (and for keeping our babies in one piece!).
It’s hard to believe there are only two events left on the Supercars calendar for 2016 but there’s been no rest for the Holden Racing Team. The team has had just four days to turn around the cars, pack the containers and ship all the precious cargo over to the land of the silver fern.
The Auckland SuperSprint returns to Pukekohe Raceway and this weekend’s unique racing format will see four qualifying sessions and four 100 kilometre races make up the schedule. Only the Dunlop hard tyre compound has been allocated and there are no compulsory pit stops.
The track is fast, bumpy, and the addition of a chicane on the back straight typically provides thrilling racing. In fact, there has never been a race at Pukekohe that hasn’t featured a safety car. James Courtney is yet to win a race at the circuit, however Garth Tander has stood on the top step twice. He is also one of only four drivers who has competed at every Pukekohe event since the first in 2001.
FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT
Garth Tander, #2 Holden VF Commodore:
“I enjoyed the endurance season and sharing the car with Luffy is always a fantastic experience. I like the bigger team environment that is required for the enduro races; it’s been a good part of our championship but now we move on to Pukekohe. To finish the year off we have just two single driver events left, although I think about half way through the final race on Sunday in Sydney you’d be happy to have a co-driver jump in and finish the race for you.”
“I like the Pukekohe track, it’s very fast, very bumpy, and it’s a real challenge; you have to manhandle the car a fair bit. My main focus, with only two events to go, is to finish the year as strongly as possible. With myself and Walkinshaw Racing parting ways at the end of the year I would like to finish with some success and that is certainly the motivation for the final two rounds.”
James Courtney, #22 Holden VF Commodore:
“It was really good driving the enduro season with Jack, he’s a great driver and a good mate. It was fun having both Jack and Luffy around for a few rounds but I’m also looking forward to having the car back and getting stuck into a heap more development.”
“Hopefully at Pukekohe we can have a better round there then what we’ve had in previous years. It’s been a bit of a bogey track for us so we are looking to use everything we have learnt over the last few months. It is critical to get damping right at this track and we will do some testing to get a good idea of where the car is at.”
Track Length 2.91kms
Track Direction Clockwise
Average Speed 166.6km/h
Top Speed 258km/h
Qualifying Lap Record 1.02.4690s
Race Lap Record 1.03.2524s
Event Format Super Sprint
Tyre Allocation 24 – Hard tyre compound only