Fast Facts: Red Rooster Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint
Repco Supercars Championship
1. TeamVortex’s Craig Lowndes will become the first driver in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/Virgin Australia Supercars Championships to compete in 600 races.The three-time champion is due to start his 600th race in the Sunday race at the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint. Lowndes has a winning strike rate of 17.5 per cent with a record 105 wins from the 598 races he’s competed in to this point.
2. Triple Eight Race Engineering – between its Red Bull Racing Australia and TeamVortex cars – has won the last five races of the 2016 championship in a row.
3. It’s the eighth time in the team’s history in the championship that it has won five successive races. Triple Eight’s biggest streak of wins remains 11, set during 2012.
4. Five drivers – Chaz Mostert, Chris Pither, Cameron Waters, Scott Pye and Fabian Coulthard – have taken ARMOR ALL Pole Positions this year but are yet to record a race victory in 2016. They are all Ford drivers and three of them – Pither, Waters and Pye – took their first career pole position this season.
5. Taking ARMOR ALL Pole Position at Sydney Motorsport Park isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – only four of the last 16 Supercars races at the circuit have been won by the car that started on pole position.
6. Nissan’s Rick Kelly will start his 204th Virgin Australia Supercars Championship round at Sydney Motorsport Park, equaling Dick Johnson for 10th on the all-time round starts list in championship history. He's the only driver to win a Supercars race at SMSP from outside the top six on the grid, winning from 17th in a rain-lashed red-flagged 2004 event.
7. Just two drivers – Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom – have qualified in the top 10 for all 17 races held so far in 2016, but neither driver has had the most front row starts this year. That honour instead belongs to Chaz Mostert, who has qualified on the front row seven times this season (including three pole positions) but is yet to win a race.
8. Mark Skaife remains the most successful driver in championship history at Sydney Motorsport Park with 10 race wins. His old team, the Holden Racing Team, holds the record for the most wins at SMP by a team – 16. Their last victory at the venue came back in 2008 with Garth Tander.
9. The closest championship race-winning margin at Sydney Motorsport Park was 0.0782s, the gap between John Bowe and Craig Lowndes in Race 1 in 1996.
10. The Sunday race at Sydney Motorsport Park will be the 50th championship race held at the circuit, which was originally known as Eastern Creek. The venue first hosted the championship in 1992 when John Bowe won both races in a Shell Ford Sierra RS500 for Dick Johnson Racing.