Prodrive Racing (Australia) is hopeful the Perth SuperSprint can once again kick off a run of race wins for the team in 2016 after a clean sweep of the event's pole positions along with two race wins in 2015.
Mark Winterbottom took home the team's two trophies last year along with one pole position cheque, but insists the team must work hard this year to achieve the same results with less than a tenth of a second often separating pole position and second place in qualifying.
Winterbottom believes the changed race format will have an impact on results, as well as the shift back to the soft tyre.
Cameron Waters believes a return to the soft tyre will aid pace lost at Phillip Island as his crew work on car setup ahead of the event.
Mark Winterbottom - #1 The Bottle-O PRA Ford:
"It'll be good to go to Perth. It's been a good track for us in the past, last year in particular so we're going there expecting to see some good results. The soft tyre has been good to us too so hopefully we can continue our strong form on that compound. It's one of the shorter tracks on the calendar but it has its challenges and the soft tyre should make the racing really exciting. In qualifying you really have to bring your A-game because there's absolutely nothing in it. Our year really kicked off there last year and our cars suit the track well. Hopefully we can keep adding to our history here which is already quite strong."
Cameron Waters - #6 Monster Energy PRA Ford:
"We're hoping to see some improvement here for sure. We're back on the soft tyre which we ran well on in Tasmania but Barbagallo is such a rough track because of the sand. The team ran well in the FG X here last year and I won the Dunlop Series round in Perth last year as well so it's a track I'm familiar with, but not in this car. It won't be much different which is good so for me it won't be as much about learning the track but more focusing on setups. I'm definitely hoping to have a better round and build on our progress before Phillip Island."
Tim Edwards – Team Principal:
"Of course, we have seen some great results at Barbagallo over the years, last year in particular but the new race format and the soft tyre only races will change things up quite a bit. You have to get the tyres to last, get your strategy right and of course qualify well because on the soft tyre at this track, it's going to be extremely competitive out there. The reality is that we have a package that is competitive, we just need to make the most of it."
Prodrive Racing (Australia)'s Garry Jacobson and Jack Le Brocq will draw on recent seat time at the upcoming Perth SuperSprint, the second of two back-to-back events for the Dunlop Series. Le Brocq and series leader Jacobson will be aided by data and experience gained at a test day at Winton between the events; the second of four Dunlop Series test days this year. After a stellar start to the season, Jacobson will look to further improve on his 83-point series lead in the three-race format. Despite an unlucky weekend at Phillip Island, Le Brocq is confident he will be able to learn from his experiences and convert front row race starts at Barbagallo Raceway after practicing his starts at the test.
Jack Le Brocq - #5 GoGetta Racing PRA Ford:
"It's awesome to have two events so close together. The test day we had at Winton in between has been really beneficial for me as well. After the race start at Phillip Island we decided to do a bit of work on the race starts at the test and they helped quite a lot so I'm confident I'll be able to get the car off the line smoothly. I'll be aiming to go one better than I did last year in Perth and stand on the top step of the podium. I was really pleased with that result but to go one better would be awesome and I think we have the car to do it."
Garry Jacobson - #6 Challenger Valve PRA Ford:
"I'm really pleased with how the season has been going so far, I just need to make sure I keep it going now. My aim is to improve over my results at Perth last year and hopefully get on the podium and keep extending my lead. It's great to get over to Perth, it's a great track and these cars seem to really suit it as well. The test day we had just after Phillip Island allowed us to test a few things which will definitely help when we go to Barbagallo."
EVENT NAME: Perth SuperSprint
DATE: 6 - 8 May
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
EVENT NUMBER: 4 of 15
FORMAT: Friday – 2 x 60-minute practice; Saturday – 1 x 15 min practice, 1 x 15min qualifying, 1 x 50-lap race, Sunday – 1 x 20min qualifying, 1 x 83-lap race
CIRCUIT: Barbagallo Raceway
LENGTH: 2.42-kilometres (clockwise)
DESCRIPTION: Barbagallo is more challenging than its short length suggests. The circuit is filled with long-radius corners which make it essential to have a well-balanced car. The final turn of the track at the end of the long back straight is the hardest braking point in the championship.
TRACK RECORD: 55.94s – Jason Bright (2004)
PRA BEST RESULT AT PERTH: 1st (x6) – Mark Winterbottom (2008, 2012, 2015), Will Davison (2012), Chaz Mostert (2014)
DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1) Jamie Whincup – Triple Eight: 651
2) Scott McLaughlin – Garry Rogers Motorsport: 636
3) Mark Winterbottom – The Bottle-O Racing Team: 627
4) Craig Lowndes – Triple Eight: 615
5) Will Davison – Tekno: 558
18) Cameron Waters – Monster Energy Racing: 367
1) Triple Eight: 1196
2) HRT: 1003
3) Prodrive Racing (Australia): 994