It’s Time For Townsville

Published: 04 July 2018
The team will have a fresh livery for Townsville.
The team will have a fresh livery for Townsville.

Pictured: The team will have a fresh livery for Townsville.

We’re back basking in the sunshine for round eight of the 2018 Virgin Australian Supercars Championship, with the streets of Townsville in Far North Queensland our home for the week.

Reid Park plays host to a pair of 200km races across the weekend, one Saturday, one Sunday.

After an up and down Darwin, the team is looking to consistently produce the highs of the last round right across the weekend to ensure we capitalise on recent gains.

The circuit itself is one of the most unique on the calendar. Half is a dedicated street circuit, while the other half winds through the parklands on purpose build roads, similar to the Albert Park circuit. That makes for one heck of a lap that requires full commitment.

It’s our first street race since Adelaide back in March, which we love. Concrete walls surround parts of the circuit, and mistakes are punished.

The mercury is expected to be in the high 20’s all weekend, with no rain on the cards at this stage.

Since its inception in 2009, there’s only been one year we’ve missed out on a podium, so we are looking forward to getting back out there at a circuit that’s been kind to us in the past.

Currently, the team sits third in the Teams Championship, Scott is sixth in the Drivers Championship, and JC 10th.

On-track actions kicks off at 11:25am Friday for the first of two practice sessions.

Keep an eye out for the all-new livery being debuted on both cars this weekend, one that is sure to turn heads.

Scott Pye

“We’ve been building all year, we know that if everyone does their job on a weekend we will be somewhere up the front, so I’m confident heading into this weekend.

“Townsville is a great place to go racing. It’s going to be great to escape cold Melbourne and find some sun again and it’s great to have a fresh look on both cars this weekend, they look incredible!

“The track requires full commitment as a driver with the concrete walls surrounding you. Mistakes are very costly around there.”

James Courtney

“I’m excited to get back up to Townsville. It’s a great event, and one where we’ve had good success in the past.

“The track is really fun to drive, being half a street circuit but half parklands, so that hybrid element makes it really interesting, and always keeps us on our toes.

“Darwin was a bit of an up and down one, we need to make sure it’s more consistent across the weekend and we will be in with a great shot.”