Demolition derby likely in Adelaide
CHAOS is set to reign supreme at this weekend’s Clipsal 500 in Adelaide with d r i v e r s p r e d i c t i n g w e t weather will send cars colliding into concrete walls in scenes that could rival the spectacular V8 grand finale in Sydney last year.
Already one of the most unforgiving circuits in Australia, the Adelaide street circuit is set to be lashed with rain this weekend, turning the event into a dangerous lottery according to leading drivers.
" It will be chaos if it rains while we are out there,’ Ford driver Will Davison said.
" Slicks on street tracks in the rain is just carnage. I hope it doesn’t rain during the race, wet or dry is fine, but in the middle it is just a sheer lottery and the race will be won with pure luck.’’
H o l d e n a c e J a m i e Whincup, fastest in practice in front of Ford’s Mark Winterbottom and teammate Craig Lowndes, warned the rain away after clocking 1.21.80 in the final session yesterday.
" We all want the track to stay dry,’’ Whincup said.
" They say there is a 30 percent chance of rain and I think we are all hoping that it comes after the race.’’
W h i n c u p e d g e d o u t Winterbottom as t he V8 Supercars season resumed in Adelaide with five Fords and five Holdens in the top ten.
Winterbottom, who clocking a 1.21.81, warned that drivers were entering the unknown with the threat of rain.
" It will be very interesting, he said.
" I think Sydney showed that things can be pretty chaotic when the heavens open up. That was an awesome finish in Sydney and who knows? You might get that again.
" I have never raced here in the rain and this is my eighth year so it is hard to predict what will happen if it rains. We just don’t know what to expect because we have never been on wets.
" We will be driving down to turn one, putting our foot on the brakes and crossing our fingers. We just won’t know if the thing will turn or not.
" It will be there are a pot lot luck and of walls around here. It will be so hard to go out under the pump in the wet experimenting.’’
Former series champion Whincup showed he will be the man to beat with his team finding the elusive window in the closing stages of the final session.
" We were searching for a while but we got near where we wanted to be in the end,’’ Whincup said. " Coming here from Abu Dhabi, where it is smooth as a billiard table, to here, where it is bumpy, there couldn’t be a bigger difference.’’’’