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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
BP Ultimate Sydney SuperSprint June 27-28
Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint July 18-19
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown August 15-16
CoreStaff Darwin SuperSprint August 22-23
NTI Townsville SuperSprint August 29-30
Townsville SuperSprint September 5-6
The Bend Motorsport Park September 19-20
The Bend Motorsport Park September 26-27
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 15-18



1. Scott McLaughlin
2. Jamie Whincup
1847 -215
3. Cameron Waters
1577 -485
4. Shane van Gisbergen
1555 -507
5. Chaz Mostert
1524 -538
6. Fabian Coulthard 
1444 -618
7. Nick Percat
1425 -637
8. David Reynolds
1298 -764
9. Lee Holdsworth
1261 -801
10. Scott Pye
1258 -804

Full championship standings