Perth SuperSprint

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Western Australia Perth SuperSprint
Barbagallo Raceway AKA Wanneroo Park (Australia) track map.svg
Race Information
Venue Barbagallo Raceway
Number of times held 40
First held 1973
Race Format
Race 1
Laps 50
Distance 120 km
Race 2
Laps 83
Distance 200 km
Last Event (2017)
Overall Winner
New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
Race Winners
New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske
New Zealand Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske

The Perth SuperSprint is an annual motor racing event for Supercars, held at Barbagallo Raceway in Wanneroo, Western Australia. The event has been a regular part of the Supercars Championship—and its previous incarnations, the Australian Touring Car Championship, Shell Championship Series and V8 Supercars Championship—since 1973.

Format[edit]

The event is staged over a three-day weekend, from Friday to Sunday. Two forty five-minute practice sessions are held on Friday while a further forty five-minute practice session is held on Saturday. 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]

Barbagallo Raceway first hosted its first round of the Australian Touring Car Championship (ATCC) in 1973, with Allan Moffat taking victory over Peter Brock. It was the first ATCC event ever held in Western Australia and featured the only appearance of a Subaru in the history of the ATCC. The championship did not return to Barbagallo until 1978. The event that year consisted of two heats and the Holden Dealer Team scored a 1-2-3 finish in the overall results, with Brock taking victory over John Harvey and Wayne Negus.[2]

During practice for the 1983 event, Moffat found that his Mazda RX-7 struggled on the rises in the circuit compared to the other cars. To compensate for this, he started the race with the petrol tank only half-filled and made a pit stop during the race. The strategy worked and Moffat took victory, despite almost colliding with Brock when the latter spun in the closing stages.[3] Under Group A regulations, from 1985 to 1992, the event was dominated by Nissan Skylines and Ford Sierras, with Nissan taking three wins and Ford taking four. Mark Skaife took his first ATCC race victory in the 1991 event.[2]

The Holden Racing Team controlled the event from 1996 to 2000, taking victory in all five years. Craig Lowndes won all twelve races across the 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 events but missed the 1997 event as he was racing overseas.[4] Brock took his final ATCC round victory that weekend despite not winning any of the races during the event. Paul Radisich interrupted the Holden Racing Team's success in 2001, winning for Dick Johnson Racing, before Jason Bright returned the Holden team to the top step of the podium in 2002.[2]

The 2011 event saw one of the biggest accidents in the history of the championship take place. Karl Reindler, 13th on the grid, stalled at the start and was hit by Steve Owen, who had started 25th and was travelling at 150 km/h. The impact ruptured the fuel tank in Reindler's car, engulfing both cars in flames. Reindler suffered superficial burns to his hands and face as well as smoke inhalation, while Owen escaped serious injury.[5] Lowndes took his 91st career race victory in the ATCC and Supercars Championship during the 2013 event, breaking Skaife's previous record of 90.[6] In 2014, Scott McLaughlin gave Volvo its first race victory in its return to the series, having last competed in 1986.[7]

Winners[edit]

Year Driver[2] Team Car Report
1973 Canada Allan Moffat Ford Motor Company Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III
1974

1977
not held
1978 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden LX Torana A9X
1979 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden LX Torana A9X
1980 Australia Allan Grice Craven Mild Racing Holden LX Torana A9X
1981 Australia Peter Brock Holden Dealer Team Holden VC Commodore
1982 Australia Allan Grice Re-Car Racing Holden VH Commodore SS
1983 Canada Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Mazda RX-7
1984 Canada Allan Moffat Allan Moffat Racing Mazda RX-7
1985 New Zealand Jim Richards JPS Team BMW BMW 635CSi
1986 Australia George Fury Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline DR30 RS
1987 Australia Glenn Seton Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline DR30 RS
1988 Australia Dick Johnson Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1989 Australia John Bowe Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1990 Australia Peter Brock Mobil 1 Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1991 Australia Mark Skaife Gibson Motorsport Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R
1992 Australia John Bowe Dick Johnson Racing Ford Sierra RS500
1993 New Zealand Jim Richards Gibson Motorsport Holden VP Commodore
1994 Australia Alan Jones Glenn Seton Racing Ford EB Falcon Report
1995 Australia Glenn Seton Glenn Seton Racing Ford EF Falcon
1996 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VR Commodore
1997 Australia Peter Brock Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore
1998 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VS Commodore
1999 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore
2000 Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Racing Team Holden VT Commodore
2001 New Zealand Paul Radisich Dick Johnson Racing Ford AU Falcon Report
2002 Australia Jason Bright Holden Racing Team Holden VX Commodore
2003 Australia Marcos Ambrose Stone Brothers Racing Ford BA Falcon
2004 Australia Jason Bright Paul Weel Racing Holden VY Commodore
2005 New Zealand Steven Richards Perkins Engineering Holden VY Commodore
2006 New Zealand Steven Richards Perkins Engineering 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 Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Ford FG Falcon Report
2010 not held
2011 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore Report
2012 Australia Mark Winterbottom Ford Performance Racing Ford FG Falcon Report
2013 Australia Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Report
2014 Australia Chaz Mostert Ford Performance Racing Ford FG Falcon Report
2015 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Report
2016 Australia Craig Lowndes Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden VF Commodore Report
2017 Australia Scott McLaughlin DJR Team Penske Ford FG X Falcon Report

Multiple winners[edit]

By driver[edit]

Wins Driver Years
6 Australia Craig Lowndes 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2015, 2016
5 Australia Peter Brock 1978, 1979, 1981, 1990, 1997
3 Canada Allan Moffat 1973, 1983, 1984
Australia Jamie Whincup 2009, 2011, 2013
2 Australia Allan Grice 1980, 1982
Australia John Bowe 1989, 1992
New Zealand Jim Richards 1985, 1993
Australia Glenn Seton 1987, 1995
Australia Jason Bright 2002, 2004
New Zealand Steven Richards 2005, 2006
Australia Mark Winterbottom 2008, 2012

By team[edit]

Wins Team
6 Holden Racing Team
5 Triple Eight Race Engineering
Dick Johnson Racing
4 Gibson Motorsport
3 Holden Dealer Team
Ford Performance Racing
2 Allan Moffat Racing
Glenn Seton Racing
Perkins Engineering

By manufacturer[edit]

Wins Manufacturer
20 Holden
14 Ford
3 Nissan
2 Mazda

Event sponsors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Supercars Operations Manual 2017 - Division "A" - Administration Rules" (PDF). Supercars. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  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. ^ "The Top 10 Aussie Touring Car races of all time – Part one". Auto Action. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Crehan, Riana (30 April 2015). "Can we rename Barbagallo ‘Lowndes Raceway’?". V8Supercars.com.au. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Noonan, Aaron (4 May 2013). "Saturday Sleuthing: The Barbagallo BBQ". V8Supercars.com.au. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lowndes scores record V8 race win in Perth". ABC News. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Victory for Scott McLaughlin and Volvo". Garry Rogers Motorsport. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 

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