Supercars stars hit WA and Tassie early

  • 09/03/2018
  • By Supercars.com
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Supercars drivers Craig Lowndes, Garth Tander, Lee Holdsworth and Richie Stanaway visited different corners of the country on Thursday, ahead of the upcoming SuperSprint events in Tasmania and Perth

The Symmons Plains and Barbagallo Raceway weekends in April and May will feature a brand-new ARMOR ALL Qualifying format for Supercars.

At both circuits, practice results will help shape groupings for three phases, culminating in a 10-minute battle for ARMOR ALL Pole Position.

Veterans Lowndes and Tander headed west to join NRL players at the brand-new Perth Stadium, which is hosting a Round 1 double-header on Saturday evening.

Tourism WA is backing the fixture, and Supercars’ visit to Barbagallo on May 4-6.

In the very south-eastern corner of Australia, Holdsworth and rookie Stanaway headed to Hobart, to promote the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint on April 6-8 at Symmons Plains near Launceston.

Among their activities, the pair took to the picturesque Huon River in a jet boat.

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“It was good fun on the jet boat,” Preston Hire Racing’s Holdsworth said.

“We went down the Huon River, it was a beautiful river, and then went through the rapids and swerved in and out of the logs.

“It was good fun, an eye-opener and it’s good to get out and see a bit of Tasmania.”

Tickford Racing’s Stanaway raced at Symmons Plains in the Australian Formula Ford Championship, before taking his career to Europe.

“The first time I raced here in Tassie was back in 2009, so it’s been a while for me, but it’s at least one of the circuits on the calendar where I have raced at before,” he said.

“Obviously I’ve got to learn it slightly differently with a Supercar, but it’s a circuit that creates great racing.

“The field’s always really close and there’s a couple of really good passing opportunities; I’m really looking forward to racing there.”

Before the SuperSprints, teams will race for points and the Larry Perkins Trophy for the first time at Albert Park on March 22-25 in the Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 as part of the Australian Grand Prix weekend.

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