Win­ton set to wel­come V8 stars

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - By JEREMY WIL­SON

MOTORSPORTS en­thu­si­asts will be out in force this week­end with 2018 Vir­gin Aus­tralia V8 Su­per­cars Cham­pi­onship rolling into Win­ton Mo­tor Race­way from Fri­day morn­ing.

Led by Shell Rac­ing’s Scott McLaugh­lin, who leads the 2018 stand­ings, the na­tion’s best driv­ers will con­verge on the lo­cal track for the Win­ton Su­perSprint.

Two prac­tice ses­sions will be held on Fri­day with a fur­ther prac­tice ses­sion held Satur­day morn­ing be­fore qual­i­fy­ing is held at 12:40pm.

Race 13 of the sea­son will then be held at 3:50pm on Satur­day while race 14 will be held from 1:45pm Sun­day af­ter qual­i­fy­ing at 10:25am.

Other sup­port cat­e­gories in­clude V8 Tour­ing Cars, Su­perUtes, Tour­ing Car Masters and Aus­tralian Rac­ing Cars.

But all eyes will be in the V8 Su­per­cars and see­ing who can ma­noeu­vre them­selves around the tight Win­ton cir­cuit the best.

The 2017 round at Win­ton saw McLaugh­lin claim race one be­fore Shane Van Gis­ber­gen re­turned on Sun­day to take home the first place fin­ish.

Ar­guably the se­ries’ best driver Jamie Whin­cup was a model of con­sis­tency, fin­ish­ing sec­ond on both oc­ca­sions to take home the most points for the round.

Those three will again be vy- ing for top spot in both races with McLaugh­lin keen to hold on to, and ex­tend, his cur­rent cham­pi­onship lead of 158 points to Van Gis­ber­gen.

Al­bury driver and reign­ing Bathurst cham­pion David Reynolds cur­rently oc­cu­pies third spot in the stand­ings, 168 points be­hind McLaugh­lin and will be keen to move up the stand­ings in front of his ‘home’ crowd.

Craig Lown­des is al­ways a fan favourite and is al­ways one to watch while James Court­ney, Scott Pye, Chaz Mostert, Fabi- an Coulthard, Tim Slade, Mark Win­ter­bot­tom and the Kelly broth­ers – Rick and Todd – will also want to im­prove their po­si­tion­ing.

Rac­ing be­gins from 8:25am on Fri­day morn­ing.

Wan­garatta lo­cals will also get the chance to meet with Whin­cup and Van Gis­ber­gen to­mor­row with the pair set to visit the Holden deal­er­ship at Wan­garatta Mo­tor Group from mid­day.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on this week­end’s round, visit www.su­per­cars.com.

LEAD­ING THE CHARGE: V8 Su­per­cars se­ries leader Scott McLaugh­lin (above and in­set) will be the one to beat at Win­ton this week­end. PHO­TOS: V8 Su­per­cars

BIG EN­GINES: The en­tire field of the V8 Su­per­cars will be in ac­tion at Win­ton this week­end, in­clud­ing Al­bury star David Reynolds (be­low left) who took out the Bathurst 1000 in 2017. PHO­TOS: V8 Su­per­cars

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