De­mo­li­tion derby likely in Ade­laide

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

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.’’’’

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