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Perth SuperSprint Back to Wanneroo

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Posted on May 15, 2024 Tags:

Great Family Friendly Weekend!

And 2024 marks the 45th Supercars/ATCC event to be held at the WA Sporting Car Club circuit, on Perth northern outskirts, known in recent times as Raceway/Wanneroo.

Perth’s never-ending summer to continue?

Despite last week’s devastating cyclone that hit Bunbury – south of the WA capital city – our seemingly endless “summer” is forecast to continue, with highs of 28 this weekend for the Perth SuperSprint.

The nonstop action-packed three days also feature First Focus Radical Cup Australia, Aussie Racing Cars, Dunlop Series, and Touring Car Masters.

It’s a great family event, with the train/bus connection taking your team straight into, and out of, the venue each day.

The track is one of the shortest in this year’s Repco Supercars Championship at just 2.42km, where lap times average just 54-55 seconds.

•             Reigning Supercars champion Brodie Kostecki #1 (above left) and Supercars rookie Aaron Love #3 (centre) were born in Perth. Brad Jones Racing’s Andre Heimgartner #8 (right) moved to Perth earlier this year.

Brodie is the first West Australian Supercars champion since Garth Tander in 2007, way back in my day!

The Toowoomba gun has claimed three race wins from eight starts in 2024 and holds a 71-point lead over teammate Broc Feeney #88 (right) heading into the Perth SuperSprint weekend.

Full Weekend Race Schedule and Driver Standings

The Bosch Power Tools Perth SuperSprint event is exclusively live on Fox Sports and Kayo, highlights on the Seven Network and 7plus, check local guides for details.

An Appointment with History

In fact, Italy has hosted a total of 105 world championship Grands Prix, the most of any country, 30 of them at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola.

Imola, May 17, 2023

Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

May, 2024

While there has been heavy rain around Emilia-Romagna early in the week, the local forecast looks promising for the weekend.

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari

P1 Fri 17th May 19:30

P2 Fri 17th May 23:00

P3 Sat18th May 18:30

Qualifying Sat 18th May 22:00

Pirelli chooses C3, C4, C5 for Imola

It’ll be the first time this trio of boots will be put to the test at the Emilian track, one of the oldest fixtures on the championship calendar.

It’s renowned for being very technical, highlighting the skills of the drivers who have to tackle quite complex combinations of corners and braking zones.

The legendary Enzo Ferrari was one of the promoters of the project to build a circuit on the hills around Imola and he described it as a sort of “little Nurburgring.” Originally, in 1957, the venue was named in memory of his son Dino, his own name being added after his death in 1988.

Just shy of 5000m, the track is not particularly hard in terms of the forces exerted on the tyres, even if the asphalt is still relatively abrasive, despite not undergoing resurfacing since 2011.

Imola is a narrow track with 10 corners to the left and nine to the right – and a significant 30 metre elevation change. And only one DRS zone makes overtaking far from easy, so qualifying plays an even more important part in deciding the outcome of the race.

This explains why Imola F1 has never been won from lower than fifth on the grid and 19 times out of 30, the driver first past the chequered flag had started from the front row.

Alonso won at Imola way back in 2005

Michael is still the most successful driver at Imola, with seven wins, six of them with Ferrari, one with Benetton. Williams and Ferrari share the honours among the teams with eight apiece.

When it comes to pole positions here, Brazilian Ayrton Senna tops the list with eight, the last of which he secured on 30 April 1994, a day overshadowed by the death of the Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger.

The following day, May 1, the same fate befell Ayrton Senna in what was one of the most tragic weekends in the history of the sport.

To mark the 30th anniversary of their deaths, this weekend a series of events have been organised for this weekend at Imola.  

Meanwhile Red Bull heavy hitter Helmut Marko, in his column this week for German publication Speedweek, declared that the whisperings around Daniel Ricciardo and Liam Lawson were unfounded and misconstrued.

But Helmut couldn’t help himself!


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