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V8 PREDICTOR: In form Frosty is fans favourite

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Friday 16th May, 2014 - 11:00am

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Frosty is a fan favourite to claim his third consecutive weekend points win

Frosty is a fan favourite to claim his third consecutive weekend points win

With less than 24 hours to place their tips for Round 5 of the V8 Supercars Championship players of the Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor have their sights set on current championship leader Mark Winterbottom.

The #5 Ford Pepsi Max Crew driver is highly predicted after his current run of form in which he has scored the most points for the weekend over the past two V8 Supercars rounds at Winton and Pukekohe.

Winterbottom is also leading the drivers’ championship standings by 107 points ahead of Red Bull Racing Australia’s Craig Lowndes.

Both Lowndes and team-mate Jamie Whincup are also highly placed among V8 Predictors given the strong run of success the Triple Eight outfit has enjoyed over the years at Barbagallo Raceway.

In fact, between FPR and Triple Eight the teams have won 13 of the last 14 V8 Supercar races held there since 2008 – FPR with six wins, Triple Eight seven.

The only team to break that streak was Brad Jones Racing with Jason Bright claiming a win in the second race in 2011.

Each V8 Supercar is back on the soft compound Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres for Barbagallo with eight sets of rubber at each drivers disposal, with one having to be handed back after practice under the 2014 regulations.

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

Tyre degradation is typically high at Barbagallo but there is effectively enough green rubber to perform pit stops in both the 100km races on Saturday on top of the 200km race on Sunday – however timing of these stops will play a major role in race strategy and success at the circuit.

The race weekend will return to the Super Sprint format, with two 100km races on the Saturday and one longer 200km race on the Sunday. Friday will see three 20 minute practice sessions.

Signing up for the V8 Predictor is easy and players have the chance of winning the ultimate V8 Supercars holiday in 2015 including flights, accommodation, spending money and behind the scenes access to the V8 Supercars world.

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 Perth 400 event 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

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Andy

Andy Priaulx – Three times World Touring Car champion

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Greg

Leading Australian motorpsort commentator

Greg Rust

It’s never too late to sign up to the Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor with plenty of overall and round-by-round prizes to be won. Click here to join.

2014 Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor – Global Leaderboard

RANK TEAM NAME POINTS
1 Bloopy Enterprises 312
2 Team Nosk 284
3 SCATTERS 280
4 Murph 268
5 V8 Chick 262
6 boats n hoes 261
7 Hooksta Racing 259
8 Topgun 255
9 The Edge 254
10 Team Red Army 252
11 3D RACING 251
12 GF Racing 251
13 55 Team Daffid 250
14 A Rumor of Skin 248
15 SLM racing 247
16 AW_888 244
17 Becvdh 244
18 witchesno1 242
19 Go Holden 242
20 The Flying Bulls!!! 242

2014 Expert Leaderboard

RANK

TEAM NAME

POINTS

1

Speedcafe

151

2

Greg Rust

96

3

Andy Priaulx

95

Weekend Results – ITM500

1 WINTERBOTTOM, Mark 268
2 MCLAUGHLIN, Scott 245
3 VAN GISBERGEN, Shane 228
4 MOSTERT, Chaz 205
5 BRIGHT, Jason 187
6 COURTNEY, James 172
7 PERCAT, Nick 170
8 WHINCUP, Jamie 169
9 DAVISON, Will 167
10 CARUSO, Michael 166
10 COULTHARD, Fabian 166
11 TANDER, Garth 162
12 KELLY, Rick 143
13 REYNOLDS, David 139
14 PYE, Scott 135
15 MOFFAT, James 133
15 LOWNDES, Craig 133
16 HOLDSWORTH, Lee 122
17 INGALL, Russell 105
18 PERKINS, Jack 93
19 KELLY, Todd 90
20 WOOD, Dale 80
21 SLADE, Tim 77
22 DAHLGREN, Robert 63
23 WALL, David 0

 Additional points

POLE POSITION MCLAUGHLIN, Scott and BRIGHT, Jason and COURTNEY, James
FASTEST LAP WINTERBOTTOM, Mark and MCLAUGHLIN, Scott and VAN GISBERGEN, Shane and BRIGHT, Jason
RACE WINNER WINTERBOTTOM, Mark and VAN GISBERGEN, Shane and BRIGHT, Jason

Championship Points 

Position Driver Points
1 Mark Winterbottom  941
2 Craig Lowndes  834
3 Fabian Coulthard  824
4 James Courtney  781
5 Shane Van Gisbergen  777
6 Jamie Whincup  775
7 Scott McLaughlin  651
8 Jason Bright  592
9 David Reynolds  592
10 Will Davison  572
11 Lee Holdsworth  562
12 Tim Slade  550
13 Michael Caruso  540
14 Garth Tander  531
15 Chaz Mostert  527
16 Rick Kelly  512
17 James Moffat  506
18 Russell Ingall  482
19 Scott Pye  453
20 Jack Perkins  424
21 Dale Wood  395
22 Nick Percat  386
23 David Wall  370
24 Todd Kelly  346
25 Robert Dahlgren  237

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