Last weekend outside the windy river town of Tailem Bend, the Supercars championship made its inaugural visit to The Bend Motorsport Park at The Bend SuperSprint. It was a busy weekend with on-track action, tight racing, and lots of lessons learned. Check out our crash course and gallery below from The Bend SuperSprint.
New Roads to Follow
A quick, twisting permanent circuit in South Australia, The Bend offered unique challenges to drivers with many high commitment corners, world class facilities, and one of the longest straights on the Supercars calendar. Throughout the weekend drivers found themselves struggling to find the limits of the circuit, with several spectacular off-track excursions and spins during the weekend, but little in the way of major damage thanks to the expansive grass and runoff areas around the circuit.
On both Saturday and Sunday, qualifying conditions were quite sketchy on track. On a circuit that offered high grip but high risk in the corners, several cars veered off track during flying laps. Those that found the grass and dirt kicked up clouds of dust and upon returning to the circuit trickled those natural resources onto the racing line. The dirty circuit caused other drivers behind to also struggle for grip, affecting several drivers throughout the field.
While our drivers mostly avoided the dramas on Saturday, Sunday stung us bitterly, as all four cars qualified on the back half of the grid for Race 23. Chaz Mostert raced his way back to 12th from 24th on the grid.
Although Sunday’s results made for a sour end to the weekend, Saturday’s pit stops have given the team a reason to look up. The 5/55 pit crew operating on Car 55 has been the third fastest team in pit lane on the recorded Saturday races, and thus qualifies for the Pit Stop Challenge finals, to be contested Friday, October 5 in pit lane at Mount Panorama. The winning team of the finals wins the Golden Rattle Gun and $20,000, so we’ll be sure to give it our all come Bathurst.
What’s Next: RABBLE.club Sandown 500
Looking forward, we head to the 2018 Enduro Cup, kicking off with September’s RABBLE.club Sandown 500. Sandown was a happy hunting ground for us last year, with Cameron Waters and Richie Stanaway starting and finishing at the head of the field, claiming their first career win, with Mostert and Steve Owen finishing third, en route to the Supercheap Auto Racing