Its always exciting times when we make the 1 hour 15 minute drive to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and when its playing host to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship its one of the best motorsport events in the country. Every time we visit the circuit were always blown away at how clean and well maintained the place is and the location is so unexpected but at the same time adds a perfect back drop for any motorsport event. The 4.450km track consists of 12 turns and it never disappoints when it comes to fast door to door racing.
Our favorite corner is turn 12 its the final turn that leads the cars on to the front straight its awesome to see how much the cars squat and slide as they take the fast sweeping corner at around 200kph.
The focus of the day was in the main race where we got to experience the on going battle between DJR Team Penske and Triple Eight Race Engineering. Drivers Scott McLaughlin and Jamie Whincup put on a great battle lap after lap racing hard but fair. In the end Scott was able to put a sneaky pass on Jamie into turn two and went on to win the race.
A paddock pass is a must at any Supercars event if you like to get a behind the scenes. Some people find it weird that we enjoy watching how all the teams members operate but for us its part of the sport and whether its pre race car checks or car tuning in practice sessions its exciting seeing every step and really gives you a close up look at how many little factors there are that help both the car and driver perform at there best.
One thing we really love about Supercars is that they heavily rely on mechanical grip and at any point across a Supercars weekend you'll see teams throwing different springs and shocks at the cars in order to find that perfect balance between speed but also making the tyres last.
The 2018 session so far has shaped up to be one of the most exciting yet with so many different teams and drivers already having race wins and podiums we cant wait to see what the rest of the year has in order. We will also be attending as many events as we can and when we do we will be sure to post more on our experiences.
Its the details that make all the difference. Each wheel and tyre set numbered specifically to each car.
Racing off into the sunset.
In person the new ZB Commodore really does look nice as a Supercar.