Drivers have called for the electronic kerb hopping sensors to be removed from the Surfers Paradise street circuit, fearing that the intervention of the system could ruin the racing at the Armor All Gold Coast 600.
Championship contender Mark Winterbottom was one of many drivers to have a swag of hot laps discounted today thanks to triggering the sensors installed within the new raised kerbing positioned inside Turns 2, plus the back chicanes (Turn 7/8/9/10).
After the four sessions, the Orrcon Steel FPR pilot led the call to abolish the electronic detection method.
“They don’t need the sensors now,” Winterbottom told Speedcafe.com.
“The raised kerbing is good enough and I’ve been saying that for the last few years.
“They need to turn them down and let everyone race. It’s too confusing for the public.”
A V8 Supercars official confirmed to Speedcafe.com that the drivers have subsequently been informed at an end of day briefing that the kerbs and sensors will be reviewed overnight. If any changes are required, they will be implemented prior to tomorrow morning’s qualifying session.
While aggrieved by the use of the sensors, Winterbottom says he’s not concerned by the raised ‘inner kerbs’ that ripped the suspension from the Holdens of Garth Tander and Jonathon Webb during the final practice session.
“The bigger ripple strips were always something I’ve wanted to push for and they haven’t done much about it until this year,” said Winterbottom.
“There’s a lot of design work that goes into it because you’ve got to have something that has got no gain when you use it too much.
“But there is still inconsistencies with the sensor, and if you turn those off and go racing with what we’ve got it’s perfect.
“The problem with our sport is there is a lot of influence from people outside of the drivers. We are the ones driving out there and if we get asked to respond in a certain way it should be dealt with.
“We didn’t get anywhere near as many strikes (triggering the sensor) in that last session as we did in the first one.”
Experienced international driver David Brabham was among those to support Winterbottom’s campaign, saying the kerbs are the best solution that has been tried on the Surfers Paradise chicanes.
“The kerbs are good and have done the job. I really don’t think the sensors are needed the way they raised kerbing works,” he said.
The V8 Supercars will return to the Surfers Paradise street circuit tomorrow morning for qualifying at 0935 local time before a Top 10 Shootout at 1050 and Race 22 of the championship at 1340.
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