The effectiveness of two speed humps installed at the exit of Sandown’s final corner is set to be determined tomorrow when the V8 Supercar drivers attack the revised kerbing for the first time.
Two humps have been placed on the concrete strip that separates the kerb and the grass at the exit of Turn 12 in a bid to deter drivers from using the extra road.
The humps are similar to those used on the tarmac run-off at the exit of Turn 8 at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Several drivers, including Team BOC’s Jason Bright, told Speedcafe.com that they’ll only know if the installation of the humps will alter the racing line once first practice begins.
“In Sydney we could drive over the ones at the exit of Turn 8, but you didn’t need to use the road out there so it was a non-issue,” said Bright.
“The Turn 12 exit kerb here is something that we’ve been running on for years, so we’ll see what it’s like tomorrow.
“All I hope is that they (the humps) are stuck down pretty well, because they’ve got the potential to cause a Safety Car during the race if one of them rips up.”
Jack Daniel’s Racing’s Rick Kelly says that each team’s cars are likely to be affected differently by the changes.
“Whether or not you can gain an advantage (by running over them) will be relative to how your car has climbed the kerb,” he said.
“If the car is unsettled as you’ve climbed it then it (hitting the humps) will definitely slow you down.
“I understand that they’ve put them there to keep us off of that exit space, but everyone is going to go out there tomorrow, mow them down and see if it’s any quicker or slower.”
Elsewhere on the circuit, the tyre wall chicane added to the circuit in 2011 to deter drivers that run off the road at Turn 1 from rejoining at Turn 3 will return for this weekend’s event.
On-track action for the V8 Supercars kicks off with Practice 1 at 1015 local time tomorrow.
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