Ipswich SuperSprint

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Queensland Ipswich SuperSprint
Queensland Raceway (Australia) track map -- National Circuit.svg
Race Information
Venue Queensland Raceway
Number of times held 16
First held 1999
Race Format
Race 1
Laps 39
Distance 120 km
Race 2
Laps 65
Distance 200 km
Last Event (2015)
Overall Winner
Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering
Race Winners
New Zealand Shane van Gisbergen Triple Eight Race Engineering
Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering

The Ipswich SuperSprint (formally known as the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint) is an annual motor racing event for Supercars, held at Queensland Raceway near Ipswich, Queensland. The event has been a regular part of the Supercars Championship—and its previous incarnations, the Shell Championship Series and V8 Supercars Championship—since 1999. The circuit held two championship rounds in 1999 and 2000, the other being the Queensland 500 endurance race, before the sprint event was dropped for 2001 and 2002. It returned for 2003 when the Queensland 500 was discontinued and has been a part of the calendar ever since.

Format[edit]

The event is staged over a three-day weekend, from Friday to Sunday. Two one-hour practice sessions are held on Friday while a fifteen-minute practice session is held on Saturday. Friday also features a thirty-minute practice session exclusively for additional drivers, mostly co-drivers from the Enduro Cup. Saturday features a fifteen-minute qualifying session which decides the grid positions for the following 120 kilometre race. A single twenty-minute qualifying session is held on Sunday to decide the grid for the following 200 km race.[1]

History[edit]

Queensland Raceway opened in 1999 and hosted its first Supercars event that same year, taking over from Lakeside Raceway as the home of the series' Queensland event. Garth Tander scored his first round win despite not winning a race during the weekend. He was originally declared the winner of the third race when John Bowe was disqualified for passing under a yellow flag, but Bowe was later reinstated in the results. The event was dropped from the calendar for 2001 with circuit hosting only the Queensland 500 endurance race.[2]

The 500-kilometre Supercars endurance race returned to Sandown Raceway in 2003 and Queensland Raceway returned to hosting a sprint round of the championship.[2] Jason Richards had a major accident during the 2005 event, after a touch from Paul Morris sent Richards' car over a kerb and into a series of rollovers.[3] Garth Tander dominated the event in 2006 and 2007, winning five of the six races across the two years, before Mark Winterbottom won consecutive events in 2008 and 2009.[2]

Craig Lowndes won five consecutive races at the event across 2011 and 2012,[4] while Chaz Mostert won his first championship race during the 2013 event.[5]

Winners[edit]

The start of a race during the 2011 event.
Year Driver[2] Team Car Report
1999 Australia Garth Tander Garry Rogers Motorsport Holden VS Commodore
2000 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore
2001

2002
not held
2003 Australia Russell Ingall Stone Brothers Racing Ford BA Falcon
2004 Australia Marcos Ambrose Stone Brothers Racing Ford BA Falcon
2005 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford BA Falcon
2006 Australia Garth Tander HSV Dealer Team Holden VZ Commodore
2007 Australia Garth Tander HSV Dealer Team Holden VE Commodore Report
2008 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing Ford BF Falcon Report
2009 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing Ford FG Falcon Report
2010 Australia James Courtney Dick Johnson Racing Ford FG Falcon Report
2011 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore Report
2012 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore Report
2013 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing Ford FG Falcon Report
2014 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Report
2015 Australia Mark Winterbottom Prodrive Racing Australia Ford FG X Falcon Report
2016 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Report

Multiple winners[edit]

By driver[edit]

Wins Driver Years
6 Australia Craig Lowndes 2000, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016
4 Australia Mark Winterbottom 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015
3 Australia Garth Tander 1999, 2006, 2007

By team[edit]

Wins Team
5 Triple Eight Race Engineering
4 Prodrive Racing Australia1
2 Stone Brothers Racing
HSV Dealer Team

By manufacturer[edit]

Wins Manufacturer
8 Ford
Holden
Notes
  • ^1 – Prodrive Racing Australia was known as Ford Performance Racing from 2003 to 2014, hence their statistics are combined.

Event sponsors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "V8 Supercars Operations Manual 2016 - Division A - Administration Rules" (PDF). V8 Supercars. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Greenhalgh, David; Howard, Graham; Wilson, Stewart (2011). The official history: Australian Touring Car Championship - 50 Years. St Leonards, New South Wales: Chevron Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-9805912-2-4. 
  3. ^ McKay, Peter (26 July 2005). "Richards still sore but rival isn't sorry". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (5 August 2012). "Craig Lowndes takes Race 17 at Queensland Raceway". Speedcafe. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (28 July 2013). "Mostert and DJR win Ipswich finale". Speedcafe. Retrieved 16 July 2015.