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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 13:52

Column: The battle for a few tenths in Supercars


The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is one of the most competitive motorsport categories in the world, which makes it such an exciting challenge for teams and drivers as Mark Winterbottom explains in his column in Supercar Xtra Magazine issue #104.

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“The difference of a few tenths equates to several rows on the grid. And with such even competition it has a huge impact on your race results and, therefore, championship position,” writes Winterbottom.

“You have to know every corner so well because any slight mistake such as an early or late gear shift or missed braking point can prove costly.

“This is what makes Supercars so exciting for drivers and fans alike. And for us drivers it’s what drives us to work so hard on our fitness and understanding of the cars, so we can extract as much as possible from our performance on the day.

“It’s very easy to get drawn into gunning for one-lap qualifying pace with light fuel loads and green tyres, which we seem to be able to do easily. But to have a consistently quick car for long races has been a bit harder for us to achieve.

“Qualifying, though, is still so important as the evenness of the competition makes it difficult to gain positions in the race. We all tend to have the same strengths and weaknesses at the same sections of the track, which means we all just need a bit more race pace.

“With so many variables in play, such as track conditions, tyre life and more, it’s not an exact science.”

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6



1. Scott McLaughlin
2. Shane van Gisbergen
3310 -562
3. Jamie Whincup
3208 -664
4. Fabian Coulthard
3058 -814
5. Chaz Mostert
2879 -993
6. David Reynolds
2694 -1178
7. Cameron Waters
2588 -1284
8. Will Davison
2495 -1377
9. Nick Percat
2445 -1427
10. Lee Holdsworth
2428 -1444

Full championship standings