Triple Eight delays ZB Commodore track test
Triple Eight has postponed the first Accredited Manufacturer Test day for the ZB Commodore at Queensland Raceway.
The Brisbane squad had planned to conduct its first full track test of the new Commodore Supercar at the Ipswich circuit today but has elected to delay the run until mid November.
A quick turn-around for the team to prepare its three race cars for a Friday transit to next weekend’s ITM Auckland Super Sprint has been cited by Triple Eight as the reason for the latest postponement.
“We’re too busy,” Triple Eight boss Roland Dane told Speedcafe.com.
“I spoke to Supercars but the containerisation has been moved forward to Friday night (for New Zealand) so physically there is only so much we can pack into the day.
“We called it off because we just couldn’t get everything ready in time. We have an alternate date booked and we are going to do that.”
This is the second time the operation has delayed the eagerly anticipated outing of the ZB Commodore after the prototype car suffered stone chips to the bodywork in a straight-line aero test at Stanthorpe Airport last month.
With body panels limited and the need for a pristine car to accumulate accurate aero data, the team decided to abandon that test.
The cosmetic damage has since been repaired by the outfit.
Under Supercars rules, teams developing new model Supercars can be allocated three Accredited Manufacturer Test days to prepare the car for homologation testing.
Since the car broke cover in September, the new look ZB has completed a 60km shakedown at Norwell Motorplex on the Gold Coast alongside the straight-line tests at Stanthorpe Airport.
The ZB Commodore is due to undergo homologation testing in December.
Triple Eight has been charged to develop the new Holden Supercar ZB aero package, which is set to make its competition debut next season.
Erebus Motorsport and Brad Jones Racing are among the first teams to commit to upgrading the new shape for next season, with Mobil 1 HSV Racing expected to follow.
Garry Rogers Motorsport, Preston Hire Racing and Tekno Autosports have signalled their interest, but are yet to officially confirm their plans.