Team CoolDrive & PETRONAS Motorsport Perth SuperNight Report
6 May, 2019
Barbagallo Raceway held its first ever VASC night race this weekend, making the Perth circuit the fourth venue to hold a VASC/ATCC race in championship history.
Upping the ante from the Sydney Motorsport Park event last year, fans would be treated to not one, but two night races across the weekend with the usual SuperSprint format of one 120km race, and a 200km finale.
Drivers had their first taste of the newly resurfaced track on Thursday night when the opening practice session was held under lights. The drivers had a half hour to sample the track, and as expected the times were fast and as the weekend progressed, both the practice and race lap record (set back in 2004) were smashed by over 2 seconds each.
For Macauley, the first race of the weekend was off to a good start, when the young gun found some solid pace early in his first stint. However, some early steering damage turned for the worse in the final ten laps, dropping Macauley from inside the top twenty to finish back in 24th.
For the Saturday night finale, Macauley scored his best qualifying result for 2019, starting 17th on the grid for the 200km race. Macauley also finished in 17th, making it his best result as well!
The PETRONAS Syntium Supercar of Tim Blanchard was highly praised all weekend by drivers, teams and fans alike as one of (if not) the best looking Supercar seen on the grid. After a brilliant start to the 120km race, Tim was looking at breaking into the top fifteen in the race. A slow pit stop put a harsh end to Tim’s chances of pushing further forward and he finished in 21st.
Friday 3rd May
THE WORD FROM TIM & MACAULEY
“It was really cool to be racing at night here in Perth. The opening practice session was quite unusual as everyone was learning the new surface and it’s new bumps and difference under the lights. When we went out the next day and did everything in the daylight it seemed totally different again, but it helped build the confidence pretty quickly and when we were out racing under the lights, it was awesome.”
“I feel like we improved across every session on the weekend. A couple of small errors cost us in the first race, but overall it was a lot of fun to be back racing. It was great to have some solid time back behind the wheel and get a feel for everything again.”
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