V8 Predictors torn on Tassie top spot

Picking a weekend winner is tougher than ever for V8 Predictors heading into the Symmons Plains event

Picking a weekend winner is tougher than ever for V8 Predictors heading into the Symmons Plains event

With less than 24 hours to place their tips for the opening V8 Supercars Championship round players of the Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor are torn to decide who will top the standings for the Tyrepower Tasmania 400.

The #888 Red Bull Racing Australia driver Craig Lowndes, Lockwood Racing’s Fabian Coulthard and Volvo young gun Scott McLaughlin all currently sit as  favoured drivers to score maximum points in Tasmania this weekend.

Lowndes leads the championship after a solid start to the season which included a race victory at the tricky Clipsal 500 circuit in earlier this month.

McLaughlin’s fast form on debut with the Volvo S60 coupled with the marque’s first race win at the non-championhip Australian Grand Prix  has seen the young Kiwi picked highly amongst the V8 Predictors.

Compatriot Coulthard has also proved highly competitive after the opening championship round in Adelaide as his previous form at Tasmania, which saw a debut win in 2013, has the BJR driver amongst the top contenders.

The Tasmania Challenge is the first event to feature the new shortened 20-minute practice sessions and the first to run under revised safety car restart procedures implemented after a number of incidents in the season-opening Clipsal 500.

Practice at Symmons Plains Raceway will be held on Friday ahead two 100km races on Saturday and one 200km race on Sunday.

All 25 competitors will have 24 soft compound Dunlop sport Maxx tyres for the weekend, plus some previous race tyres from Clipsal 500 and Grand Prix meetings.

What this means is the teams and drivers will set the car up on older tyres and at the end of Friday they will whack on a set of sparkling new SP Sport Maxx Spirit soft tyres, or greens as we call them in the racing world.

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2013 V8 Predictor winner Tony all set for his hot lap with Frosty at the Clipsal 500

2013 V8 Predictor winner Tony all set for his hot lap with Frosty at the Clipsal 500

There are also $100 BP Fuel vouchers up for grabs for each of the 14 rounds contested this year plus bonus prizes on top.

The 2013 Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor champion enjoyed the ride of a lifetime in Adelaide when Tony Q from Melbourne headed for a hotlap of the circuit with Mark Winterbottom as a part of his prize for winning last year.

Click here to sign up for the 2014 Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor.

For an in-depth study guide into this year’s Tyrepower Tasmania 400 race check out Speedcafe.com’s Form Guide here.

Need a hand predicting this weekend’s round? Check out what our three experts reckon for the action ahead.

The Experts

Speedcafe

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Speedcafe

Andy

Andy Priaulx – Three times World Touring Car champion

Andy

Greg

Leading Australian motorpsort commentator

Greg Rust

2014 Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor – Global Leaderboard

RANK

TEAM NAME

POINTS

1

Splatt Racing

117

2

Phanton

115

3

Shake + bake

114

4

Flash Motorsport

112

5

Hispania Racing Team

112

6

Mickey Darbs Racing

112

7

Mikan Racing

110

8

team81

110

9

team ford

110

10

Kooli Racing

109

11

Ation Racing

109

12

blues-tuf

107

13

NBFPR

107

14

SLM racing

107

15

Mighty Machines

107

16

A Rumor of Skin

106

17

Littlestupid Racing

105

18

SZaucy

105

19

S&H Motorsport

105

20

ONE EYED JACKS

105

2014 Expert Leaderboard

RANK

TEAM NAME

POINTS

1

Speedcafe

77

2

Andy Priaulx

29

3

Greg Rust

22

 Additional points

POLE POSITION

LOWNDES, Craig and VAN GISBERGEN, Shane and WHINCUP, Jamie

FASTEST LAP

WHINCUP, Jamie and HOLDSWORTH, Lee and BRIGHT, Jason

RACE WINNER

LOWNDES, Craig and COURTNEY, James and WHINCUP, Jamie

2014 V8 Supercars Championship standings (after Race 3)

Pos Driver Points
1 Craig Lowndes 282
2 Fabian Coulthard 230
3 Shane Van Gisbergen 221
4 Rick Kelly 198
5 James Courtney 192
6 Mark Winterbottom 189
7 Jamie Whincup 174
8 Tim Slade 163
9 Garth Tander 150
10 James Moffat 140
11 Michael Caruso 133
12 Russell Ingall 121
13 David Wall 121
14 David Reynolds 120
15 Scott McLaughlin 117
16 Jack Perkins 115
17 Dale Wood 112
18 Lee Holdsworth 111
19 Will Davison  72
20 Todd Kelly  70
21 Jason Bright  66
22 Scott Pye  61
23 Chaz Mostert  51
24 Robert Dahlgren  39
25 Nick Percat  24

 

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