With less than 24 hours to place their tips for Round 8 of the V8 Supercars Championship players of the Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor are waging their bets on local knowledge at Queensland Raceway this weekend.
After a recent run of strong form Red Bull Racing Australia’s Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes are highly predicted heading to a track that doubles as their home and testing venue.
Lowndes has also won more V8 Supercar races at the circuit than any other driver with an impressive 11 to his name. He is also in race tune after competing and finishing on the podium at the Spa 24hr race in Belgium last week.
A surprise top-10 addition to the prediction statistics for the up coming round is another locally-based outfit in the way of Dick Johnson Racing. A prediction based on their 2013 effort which saw Chaz Mostert claim his maiden V8 Supercars win behind the wheel of a DJR Ford.
Mark Winterbottom currently leads the championship standings by 96 points over Whincup and is also highly placed among V8 predictors given his consistent year to date.
All the track action from the Coates Hire Ipswich 400 kicks off on Friday with three practice sessions. Two qualifying and two 100km races will be held on Saturday, followed by a 200km race on Sunday.
Queensland Raceway was quickly dubbed the ‘paperclip’ because of its six turn design and lack of elevation. It has been resurfaced in late 2011 and is the home test track to many cars in the 25 strong field.
The V8 Supercars Coates Hire Ipswich 400 will see a all 25 competitors run on the soft compound Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres.
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.
Need a hand predicting this weekend’s round? Check out what our three experts reckon for the action ahead.
2014 Castrol EDGE V8 Predictor – Global Leaderboard
|5||red bull 01||405|
|6||JDM8 Racing Team||394|
|8||boats n hoes||394|
|10||Cow tipping dwarfs||392|
|12||The Flying Bulls!!!||390|
|14||Give it some jandal||389|
|16||Low and Slow||388|
|19||The NASCAR Offseason||386|
2014 Expert Leaderboard
Weekend Results – Castrol Townsville 500
|3||VAN GISBERGEN, Shane||244|
|POLE POSITION||COURTNEY, James and COULTHARD, Fabian and LOWNDES, Craig|
|FASTEST LAP||TANDER, Garth and WHINCUP, Jamie|
|RACE WINNER||TANDER, Garth and WHINCUP, Jamie|
|4||Shane Van Gisbergen||1355|