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Sandown SuperSprint Preview - CoolDrive Racing

18 Mar, 2021

Supercars will be heading to Sandown Raceway in Melbourne this weekend!

Tim Slade

I’m super excited and pumped for Sandown. The guys in the workshop have put in an astronomical amount of work in the last few weeks getting the crashed car stripped and the spare chassis built up and race-ready. They tell me it’s better than the last one so even more reason to look forward to ripping back in!

The format this weekend is back to ‘Supersprint’ which means 3 shorter races over just 2 days – Saturday & Sunday. We’ll have 2 x 30min practice sessions on Saturday, a new knockout qualifying session, and then a 36-lap race. Sunday consists of 2 x 10min qualifying sessions to determine the starting order for the subsequent 2 races of which are also 36 laps. A compulsory pitstop for tyres only needs to be completed in each race. Qualifying will be crucial, as will race starts and pitstops, unlike Bathurst, the stop won’t be dictated by fuel fill time, instead of how fast tyres can be changed.

I’ve had a couple of trips to Melbourne since Bathurst which included some time in the workshop with the guys helping out where I could - few odd jobs and some driving around Melbourne picking up and dropping off parts. I also drove my friend’s (the Kean family) 2010 Walkinshaw car at the Phillip Island Classic race meet and worked for another friend Troy Hunt and his Topgun Karting Academy race team at Todd Road in Melbourne for Round 2 of the Australian Karting Championship. I’ll spend a few days with the family at home before heading down for hopefully a successful Sandown! 

Cheers, Sladey

Brendan Hogan – Team Manager

If hours spent in the workshop equated to lap time, I would be looking forward to lapping the field a couple of times this weekend! It’s a tribute to our small group of guys that we have here at CoolDrive Racing.

Bathurst proved we could build a fantastic race car in 4 months, this time we had 3 weeks to build a better one.

Bring on Sandown!

Track Times

Saturday March 20th

PRACTICE 1 9:20 AM - 9:50 AM
PRACTICE 2 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
QUALIFYING - RACE 3 1:45 PM - 2:25 PM
RACE 3 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Sunday March 21st

QUALIFYING - RACE 4 10:30 AM - 10:40 AM
QUALIFYING - RACE 5 10:50 AM - 11:00 AM
RACE 4 1:30 PM - 2:25 PM
RACE 5 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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