The V8 Supercar Report writes:
"V8 Supercars 2014 - Round 3 Preview"
Posted by Leo Graae on April 2, 2014
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There isn't much better than back to back race weekends.
When I was first exposed to NASCAR, the consistency of the schedule is one of things I found most amazing. To have a race pretty well every week is very impressive. So whenever there are V8 Supercar events on consecutive weekends, I always get a bit excited.
Especially because this week the circus heads to Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria. The slowest track on the schedule, Winton races are always a challenge for the drivers, as there are plenty of passing opportunities on the track, but it's very difficult to pull away and build a gap.
The slow-speed nature will suit some cars better than others. Nissan scored their first V8 Supercar victory at this event last year, with the Altima having a strong low-speed aero package. On the other hand, Volvo is expected to struggle somewhat, with the S60 being a fantastic car through fast corners, a quality you won't find that helpful at Winton.
Teams and drivers to watch out for will obviously include both Triple Eight Red Bull drivers. Both Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup have won races here in the past, with Whincup taking victory from starting 20th in 2007!
The Holden Racing Team has began the season strong and also fields two former winners. James Courtney is putting in the his best performance since winning the title in 2010 and he was also the last winner at the circuit.
Despite not finding instant success in the 2014 season, Ford Performance Racing are in with a shot this weekend. Their lead driver, Mark Winterbottom has the best average start and second best average finish at Winton over the past 9 races and this venue also serves as a home test track for the factory Ford team.
With the Volvo's not being suited to Winton, that puts the two Erebus Mercedes' into the 'dark horse' category. New-for-2014 driver Will Davison has described the chassis of the E63 as being "absolutely brilliant", however, the car is said to be lacking power in the mid-range, hurting top speed. With that in mind, the team must be looking forward to Winton, where chassis setup and handling is king.
The SuperSprint format continues, with two 100km races held on Saturday, with a 200km race on Sunday. Let's go racing!
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