Castrol Preview – 2012 V8 Supercars Championship – Sydney Telstra 500

  • Wednesday 28th November, 2012
  • Author: Castrol EDGE ©
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Frosty will be looking to maintain second overall in the 2012 championship in Sydney

The final round of the 2012 International V8 Supercars Championship takes crews to Sydney this weekend as the final showdown for the current era of V8 Supercar is set to take place on the streets of Homebush.

With the Car of the Future set to launch V8 Supercars into an exciting new era from 2013 the Castrol-backed Ford Performance Racing team enters the final round of the season looking to add to its most successful ever campaign

FPR claimed both pole positions and the final race of the year at the Sydney Olympic Park track last season and wants to repeat the feat to round out the season on a high.

“Last year in Sydney was very good to us and to win there in my home town was very special,” said Castrol-backed FPR front runner Mark Winterbottom. “Unfortunately I am not going back to fight for the title this year so the best thing we can do is win two races and hold second in the championship and go out on a high for the current era.”

Castrol-backed Kelly Racing brothers Todd and Rick Kelly have unveiled their plans to thank and pay tribute to both Holden and the loyal Holden fans that have supported them throughout their careers to date.

The Sydney Telstra 500 will mark the last round as a Holden Team prior to Kelly Racing’s move to Nissan in 2013.

As a tribute to the fantastic support that Holden have shown to Todd and Rick throughout Todd’s 16 years as a Holden Driver, and Rick’s 12 years, both Jack Daniel’s cars will display “Thank You Holden” across their bonnets, together with some very impressive facts and achievements that Todd, Rick and Holden have achieved together over their combined 28 years together.

HomebushBonnets04 344x224 Castrol Preview   2012 V8 Supercars Championship   Sydney Telstra 500 “Even though Rick and I are about to embark on an exciting new phase in our 4 year old Team, the memories of our long association with Holden will always be cherished,” said Todd Kelly.

“We are both very fortunate to be in the position we are today with our own 4 car team and we would not be here if it wasn’t for our entry into V8 Supercars from our opportunity with Holden and the Holden Young Lions program.”

Sitting just 84 championship points behind 10th placed Fabian Coulthard, Castrol-backed Supercheap Auto Racing driver Russell Ingall will be looking to continue his strong end of season form in an attempt to capture the a top-10 championship finish for the year.

Despite being the oldest driver in the field there is still plenty of fight left in the Holden driver as he looks to finish 2012 on a high before returning for another year of V8 Supercars racing in 2013.

Sydney On-Track schedule

Friday 30th November

10.10am : 30 minutes Practice – Part 1
11.20am : 30 minutes Practice – Part 2
1.55pm : 30 minutes Practice – Part 3
3.30pm : 30minutes Practice – Part 4

Saturday 1 December

9.25pm : 20 minutes Qualifying
12pm : Top-10 Shootout
3.05pm : 74 laps or 1 lap after 5.15pm – Race 29 – 140km

Sunday 2 December

10.05pm : 20 minutes Qualifying
3.05pm : 74 laps or 1 lap after 5.15pm – Race 30 – 140km

Australian TV schedule

Saturday 1 December

Seven

Supports, qualifying & Race 27 (LIVE)

Sydney/Melbourne : 12pm-5.30pm
Brisbane : 11am-4.30pm
Adelaide : 11.30am-5pm
Perth : 9am – 2.30pm

Sunday 2 December
Seven

Supports, qualifying & Race 27 (LIVE)

Sydney/Melbourne : 12pm-5.30pm
Brisbane : 11am-4.30pm
Adelaide : 11.30am-5pm
Perth : 9am – 2.30pm

SERIES POINTS REPORT : Race 28

1. Jamie Whincup 3639
2. Mark Winterbottom 3322 
3. Craig Lowndes 3259
4. Will Davison 2851 
5. Shane Van Gisbergen 2554
6. Tim Slade 2532
7. Garth Tander 2363
8. Lee Holdsworth 2120
9. David Reynolds 2037 
10. Fabian Coulthard 1975

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