Team CoolDrive Melbourne 400 Supercars Preview
13 Mar, 2019
No team has had a bigger lead-up to the Melbourne 400 Supercars event than Team CoolDrive and Macauley Jones.
After the horror smash and remarkable turnaround at the Adelaide 500, the team returned from the event and found further damage to the Team CoolDrive Supercar, forcing them to park the chassis.
The CoolDrive crew worked quickly to transform another chassis, BJR-007; which took Tim Slade to victory at Winton, then converted to ZB Commodore specifications last year for Macauley to race in the 2018 Darwin and Tailem Bend wildcard events. In a mere 4 days, the team were able to transform BJR-007 into CoolDrive colours, ready for the weekend ahead. The behind-the-scenes recap is available to watch now on Macauley’s YouTube channel.
Macauley last raced at the Albert Park circuit 6 years ago in Formula Ford and is eager to have a drama-free drive behind the wheel of the Team CoolDrive Supercar. It will be a big weekend for Supercars as the category reaches a milestone 1000th championship race and will be on centre stage with the Formula One cars as part of the Australian Grand Prix event.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates on Team CoolDrive, CoolDrive Auto Parts, to see photos and videos from the Supercars event.
Below are the on-track times for Macauley Jones in the Team CoolDrive Supercar at the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400, and your local TV times can be found here - supercars.com/tv-schedule
Thursday 14th March
12:50-13:20 – Practice One
15:00-15:30 – Practice Two
16:40-16:50 – Qualifying (Race 3 Grid)
17:00-17:10 – Qualifying (Race 4 Grid)
Friday 15th March
13:50-14:00 – Qualifying (Race 5 Grid)
14:10-14:20 – Qualifying (Race 6 Grid)
17:55-18:55 – Race Three (130km/25 Laps)
Saturday 16th March
12:50-13:20 – Race Four (70km/13 Laps)
18:30-19:30 – Race Five (130km/25 Laps)
Sunday 17th March
13:20-14:05 – Race Six (70km/13 Laps)
(16:10-18:10 – Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix)
- Qualifying Lap Record – Fabian Coulthard, DJR Team Penske, 1m54.3972s, 2017, Ford Falcon FGX
- Race Lap Record – Craig Lowndes, Triple Eight, 1m55.9682s, 2011, Commodore VEII
- The Supercars race lap record has stood at Albert Park for eight years – it was set by Craig Lowndes in a TeamVodafone Commodore VEII back in 2011
- Race 4 of the 2019 championship will be the 1000th race in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship / Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The ATCC began with a single race at Gnoo-Blass near Orange in 1960 and was held as a single race event up until 1969 when the championship was first decided by multiple races.
- Five different drivers have won the last five Albert Park Supercar events overall dating back to 2014
Sunday 17th March
11:05 - 11:25 – Supercars Signing Session, Autograph Stage