V8 PREDICTOR: A Whincup-Winterbottom battle emerges as fans’ favourite

Whincup and Winterbottom are the hot favourties for players of the Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor

Whincup and Winterbottom are the hot favourties for players of the Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor

It’s a close race between Mark Winterbottom and Jamie Whincup in the prediction polls as to who will perform strongest at this weekend’s Chill Perth 360 according to players of the Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor fantasy tipping game.

Both Whincup and Winterbottom have been in the spotlight of late after a grudge match both on and off the track from the previous two rounds of the V8 Supercars Championship.

It’s this fierce rivalry which has players of the Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor divided as both drivers have been equally predicted as the standout for the weekend out west.

In 2012 the factory Fords had the speed and tyre preservation powers at Barbagallo Raceway, taking a clean sweep of wins with Winterbottom winning Saturday’s race and team-mate Will Davison securing both race wins on Sunday.

However after what Red Bull Racing’s team principal Adrian Burgess described as “their worst round in recent memory” in Tasmania last month, Whincup and the entire Red Bull Racing  crew will be looking to hit back at Barbagallo.

Maximising your chance at winning the ultimate V8 experience starts by signing up to the Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor – exclusive to Speedcafe.com.

To make your predictions for the round, log in or sign up now at http://predictor.speedcafe.com/

The Chill Perth 360 at Barbagallo Raceway is taking place this weekend and you have until midnight (AEST) tonight (Friday May 3) to finalise your team.

The event format returns to the 60/60 Super Sprint, first run at Symmons Plains in early April. Race 10 of the championship will be run on Saturday (60/60), followed by two 100km races on Sunday (Races 11 and 12).

All 28 cars will run on the soft compound Dunlop tyre and maximising the tyre life will be critical this weekend

The tough and tight 2.42km circuit is notorious for severe tyre wear, with “tyre degradation” a very real threat. So much so it has been suggested that some teams may even elect to make a pitstop – which are not mandatory for this weekend’s round.

If you don’t submit predictions before the deadline, you won’t score points for this the Chill Perth 360 round but fans can sign-up anytime during the 2013 season with amazing round-by-round prizes also up for grabs.

If you’re having trouble making predictions for the weekend, check out who the experts think will perform best at Barbagallo Raceway.

Here’s the experts predictions for the Chill Perth 360:

Russell Ingall (Castrol-backed V8 Supercar driver)

Russell Ingall (Castrol-backed V8 Supercar driver)

Ingall

Speedcafe.com Team (Australia’s leading motorsport website)

The Speedcafe.com (Australia’s leading motorsport website)

Speedcafe

Oliver Gavin (International sportscar driver)

Oliver Gavin (International sportscar driver)

Gavin

James O'Connor

James O’Connor (Castrol ambassador and Australian rugby player)

Oconnor

Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor – Leaderboard

Rank Team Points
1 DaveTE50 123
2 Schultzys 500 122
3 GR8 121
4 JWR 114
5 Daza 888 fan 113
= charity 113
= The dazlers 113
8 Elitec 112
9 peskypup 111
= Conrod05 111
= RBR888 111
= Team Awesome 111
= Team Maverick 111
= Honeybadgers 08 111
15 XLent1 Racing 110
16 Solid Machine 109
= KART 109
= BuzinR33 109
= Team Tornado racing 109
20 Knightmare 108

Expert Leaderboard

Rank Expert Points
1 James O’Connor 78
= Oliver Gavin 78
3 Speedcafe.com Team 76
4 Russell Ingall 45

VIDEO: Speedcafe TV Barbagallo preview

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