Ipswich SuperSprint

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Queensland Ipswich SuperSprint
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Race Information
Venue Queensland Raceway
Number of times held 17
First held 1999
Race Format
Race 1
Laps 39
Distance 120 km
Race 2
Laps 65
Distance 200 km
Last Event (2017)
Overall Winner
Australia Chaz Mostert Rod Nash Racing
Race Winners
New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
Australia Chaz Mostert Rod Nash Racing

The Ipswich SuperSprint (known for sponsorship reasons 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.

Format[edit]

The event is staged over a three-day weekend, from Friday to Sunday. Three forty five-minute practice sessions are held, two on Friday and one 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]

The start of a race during the 2011 event.

Queensland Raceway opened in 1999 and immediately joined the championship calendar, taking over from Lakeside Raceway as the home of the series in Queensland. In 1999 and 2000 the event hosted both a sprint round and the Queensland 500 endurance event. In the inaugural sprint event, Garth Tander scored his first career 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 sprint event was dropped for 2001 with only the endurance event remaining on the calendar.[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] In the aftermath of the 2004 event, round winner Marcos Ambrose was disqualified due to the discovery of an additional wire in the ECU wiring loom. The points were later reinstated on appeal.[3] 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.[4] 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, at which James Courtney won his first championship race, and 2009.[2]

Craig Lowndes won five consecutive races at the event across 2011 and 2012,[5] while Chaz Mostert won his first championship race during the 2013 event.[6] Lowndes went on to win the event again in 2014 and 2016 to leave him with a record seven event wins at the circuit, six sprint rounds and the 2000 Ozemail Queensland 500.

Winners[edit]

Year Driver 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
2017 Australia Chaz Mostert Rod Nash Racing Ford FG X Falcon 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
9 Ford
8 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. ^ "Supercars Operations Manual 2018 - Division "A" - Administration Rules" (PDF). Supercars. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c 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. ^ "Statement on SBR appeal decision". Motorsport.com. 9 July 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2017. 
  4. ^ McKay, Peter (26 July 2005). "Richards still sore but rival isn't sorry". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (5 August 2012). "Craig Lowndes takes Race 17 at Queensland Raceway". Speedcafe. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (28 July 2013). "Mostert and DJR win Ipswich finale". Speedcafe. Retrieved 16 July 2015.