Volvo Polestar Racing heads to the legendary Bathurst 1000 race this weekend with unfinished business. Scott McLaughlin and Alexandre Prémat held the lead for the majority of the 2014 race but lost vital ground due to an incident in the closing stages, leaving the duo hungry for revenge in 2015.
”I feel really good ahead of the weekend, our car is always good here and we have got a great motor from Polestar. We led 80 odd per cent of the race last year but it is all about trying to make sure that you have got a ticket to the end, it is just one big sprint race until then. Anything can happen here and you just got to make sure you have an absolute perfect day, hopefully we can do that,” said McLaughlin.
”This is my fourth time here and I just look forward to drive the beast on the rock. We have a good car and a good package. We have unfinished business here from last year when we were pretty fast. So we are definitely aiming for at least a podium and victory would of course be the best,” said Prémat.
David Wall and Chris Pither heads to the Panorama Mountain with the sights firmly set on climbing the order in the #34 Volvo S60 Polestar V8SC after a promising previous race at Sandown in terms of pace.
”This is definitely a favourite for me. The team has got a very good history here and the cars were quick here last year. I felt we had pretty good speed at Sandown, although we did not get to show it with that problem we had towards the end of the race. Hopefully we can get that result that we are all after this weekend,” said Wall.
”I can’t wait to race the Volvo at Bathurst! I am looking forward to bounce back after Sandown and get a strong weekend together with David, I have a good feeling ahead of the race weekend,” said Pither.
The Bathurst 1000 race is one of the most iconic and toughest races in the world, with 1000 kilometres of racing on the tough six-kilometre circuit that features a total height difference of 174 meters.
The 2015 Bathurst 1000 weekend runs over four days, starting on Thursday with practice, followed by qualifying on Friday and Saturday, with the 161-lap race starting at 11:00 local time on Sunday.
Bathurst 1000 – V8 Supercars
Circuit: Mount Panorama Circuit
Length: 6213 m
Lap record (V8SC): 2:08.4651, Jamie Whincup, 2007
(Times in UTC +10h)
11:15 Practice 1 (45 min – all drivers)
13:20 Practice 2 (45 min – co-drivers)
15:20 Practice 3 (45 min – all drivers)
09:10 Practice 4 (45 min – co-drivers)
11:40 Practice 5 (45 min – all drivers)
15:50 Qualifying (40 min)
10:15 Practice 6 (45 min)
12:20 Qualifying (20 min)
17:10 Top Ten Shootout (1 lap)
08:25 Warm Up (20 min)
11:00 Race 25 (161 laps)
Championship Standings – Top 5
1 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon 2215 points
2 Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon 2017 (-198)
3 David Reynolds Ford Falcon 1855 (-360)
4 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore 1792 (-423)
5 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore 1694 (-521)
11 Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 1212 (-1003)
24 David Wall Volvo S60 774 (-1441)