The 2013 V8 Supercars Championship has moved from Texas to the top end of Australia for the Sky City Triple Crown in Darwin. Practice today was held in preparation for three races at Hidden Valley Raceway over the weekend. With a two-week break since the last round in Texas, DJR / Wilson Security Racing has been working hard at their Queensland base to further develop the two FG Falcons, in particular looking for more weight savings in the new for 2013 V8 Supercars. With temperatures reaching 32C, drivers were faced with oppressive conditions and a track with little grip as the cars rolled out for their four practice sessions. The day became a story of tyres with DJR running all sessions on 'used' Dunlop rubber, while many drivers elected to run one set of brand new tyres dramatically changing the overall times. Both Wilson Security drivers were encouraged by the progress in each session, although the time sheets saw both cars towards the rear of the field. It was a day of working on the set up for qualifying and racing, whilst using a tyre which was well past its best performance. Mostert and Blanchard will have will have 8 soft and 12 prime Dunlop tyres to use over the weekend, and Darwin is known as one of the hardest-wearing circuits given the heat and abrasive track surface. The DJR team will face qualifying on Saturday morning before the opening race of the weekend - a 60/60 Super Sprint format which is split into halves and the second featuring the new look double file rolling restart. Two 100km, 35-lap races will be held on Sunday #12 Chaz Mostert - Wilson Security Falcon "We were fairly tyre limited today by what we chose to run. I was surprised at just how abrasive the track was. The flooding they had here has not helped the track surface. We had our best set of practice tyres for the last session but I managed to clip the tyre barrier coming onto the main straight which bent a steering arm. I didn't get the most out of the car but tomorrow everyone will be on the same tyre so we will see where we end up." #17 Tim Blanchard - Wilson Security Falcon "We made some good progress in the final session in the #17 Wilson Security Falcon but we were on fairly worn tyres all day. I saw that some of the guys who were close to us did pop some new rubber on and bolted up the times so it does mean that we should move up. Chaz & I were close at the end of the day but the track conditions were very hard. It almost felt like you were driving on a wet track it was so slippery.'
DJR / Wilson Security Racing have embarked on a new look driver line up for 2013 filling all four seats with some of the best young talent in V8 Supercars. After an impressive debut for the Wilson Security backed team in Perth, Chaz Mostert will be teamed in the #12 Falcon with Dale Wood. A seasoned Dunlop Series campaigner, Wood has the most Bathurst starts of any of the four DJR drivers this year and is a perfect partner for rookie Mostert. Wood has also enjoyed support from Wilson Security in his own Dunlop Series program.
The 2013 V8 Supercars Championship has wrapped up its first venture into North America playing to a crowd of nearly 69,000 enthusiastic fans at the Austin 400. The teams, drivers and officials have labelled the event an outstanding success, well in front of any other major fly away event undertaken by the Australian series. The final two races were again run over 100kms each, with tyre stops defining many teams strategies. DJR / Wilson Security Racing drivers Chaz Mostert and Tim Blanchard were both hoping for a little more out of Qualifying for the final races. However after not quite getting the result they wanted, would once again prove to have competitive race distance cars underneath them.
The 2013 V8 Supercars Championship treated USA fans to their first view of the 'Down Under' style of racing today at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas. An enthusiastic crowd greeted the 28 drivers and cars in the first 2 x 100km legs of the Austin 400. For the DJR / Wilson Security team it was a day of good progress in Race 1 with two strong Top 20 positions, but the same progress in Race 2 eluded them. What this has shown the team is the critical importance of race set up and even more so track position on the long Texas track. From grid positions a little further down than was expected, Chaz Mostert and Tim Blanchard made good progress in the first leg, with both drivers carving their way into the Top 20. Mostert moving up to 13th place and Tim Blanchard moving into P19. The second race however did not see the same gains, Mostert's Wilson Security Falcon clipping Todd Kelly at the Pit Entry and losing some spots while Blanchard was unable to jump the cars in front of him before the Pit Stops. Both drivers however are confident that they have a good tyre bank for Sunday and will focus now on getting the cars fit for Qualifying. #12 Chaz Mostert - Wilson Security Falcon "After qualifying this morning we finished 19th and 17th so did not quite get the most out of it. The times were so close from where we ended up to 12th place; there was nothing in it. The first race was pretty good with a few guys going for the big dive bomb up into Turn 1 after the start. We lost a few spots but kept trucking on. The pit stop went well with the DJR boys doing a great job and we got the Wilson Security Falcon up to P13. The second race we took a different strategy but it seemed everyone else did the same. There was a bit of weaving and jostling at pit entry and I tagged the back of Todd Kelly as we ran into to the pits. It knocked us around a bit and we dropped back a few positions. The car was good though and I am hoping we can back it up with another Top 15 tomorrow." #17 Tim Blanchard - Wilson Security Falcon "We went the wrong way in Qualifying which made our day tougher than it probably needed to be. For the races we reverted to an earlier set up and the #17 DJR Falcon was much improved, in fact its pace was quite good. In the first race we moved the Wilson Security Falcon up eight spots to get into the Top 20, so I was pleased with the pace and the cars performance. In the second race, I just was not aggressive enough in the first 10 laps and did not make up enough positions before the Pit Stops. It hurt our track position and although we got by a few it was too far into the race. Overall I think we do have a good race package but I've just got to get the Qualifying nailed to give us a better st
The V8 Supercars Championship rolled out the all 'Aussie' promoted cars today for the first real look at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. In all 4 sessions were completed and each 30 minute run provided much needed feedback to drivers and engineers on how the cars will perform at this stunning USA facility. DJR / Wilson Security Racing had a day of learning like every team, the most significant issue being the smooth surface not contributing to the expected tyre degradation. Both Chaz Mostert and Tim Blanchard progressed through the practice program with their engineers, both drivers having different issues to contend with during the day. In the end, Mostert emerged with a scintillating lap in the final session on his second set of new tyres to move the #12 Wilson Security Falcon into Position 5. Blanchard had some oil pressure issues and was unable to extract the same performance out of the #17 Falcon, however is confident the speed is there. #12 Chaz Mostert - Wilson Security Falcon - P5 "The track is pretty cool with a full on layout. It is so different to Australian tracks where you might get a bit of breather during the lap. Not here! For how big the track is and how many corners there are you have to string it all together to get a good lap. It definitely tests you as a driver. The surface is billiard table smooth, it's nothing like I have raced on before. The first race on Saturday will really give us the clue to whether the rear or front tyres are going to go away and that will determine a lot of the strategy for the other races. A two tyre stop is an option for sure. We used the second set of greens in the final run, but I reckon it was 50/50 who was on new and used at that point. I am looking for a Top 15 Qualifying for sure and if we can get further up that would be great." #17 Tim Blanchard - Wilson Security Falcon "It is a very interesting track. There are not many real straights but there are lots of long radius corners which really load up a V8 Supercar. With the race formats you are really not getting a break during the lap so it should provide some good racing. Today we had a few technical issues which did hamper us a little and we chose to run over three sessions on the one set of tyres. I think the speed is there but we need to string it all together. I am looking to definitely get a result on the board here in Austin." The Austin 400 will be run over 4 x 100km races this weekend. TV Times in Australia are as follows: Sunday 19 May 2013 - all on 7 MATE Sydney: 5.00am - 9.00am Melbourne: 5.00am - 9.00am Brisbane: 5.00am - 9.00am Adelaide: 4.30am - 8.30am Perth: 3.00am - 7.00am Monday 20 May 2013 Sydney: 5.00am - 9.00am Melbourne: 5.00am - 9.00am Brisbane: 5.00am - 9.00am Adelaide: 4.30am - 8.30am Perth: 3.00am - 7.00am