Symmons Plains: A recent history in photos

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 04/04/2020
  • By Connor O'Brien

If it were not for the COVID-19 pandemic, the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship would have descended on Tasmania’s Symmons Plains Raceway this weekend.

WATCH: COULTHARD TAKES FIRST PODIUM AT TASSIE 2009

Scheduled to be the third round of the season, the short but technical circuit has a rich history of producing excellent action.

Supercars.com has taken the opportunity to relive great moments from the series’ visits to the Apple Isle, dating back to 2012 when esteemed photographer Mark Horsburgh’s extensive archives begin.

2012

Will Davison continues his strong Adelaide form to maintain the championship lead by the end of the second round at Tasmania, placing first and third in the two races.

2013

Fabian Coulthard dominates proceedings, taking his maiden championship victory and backing it up with another in the final race of the weekend.

The other winner that weekend? None other than Coulthard’s veteran teammate Jason Bright, completing a perfect round for Brad Jones Racing.

Things did not go so perfectly for Scott Pye, seen in the background having a massive crash that would rule him out of the following round at Pukekohe.

2014

It was just about the ideal weekend for Jamie Whincup – all three poles, two victories and a second-place – setting the early platform for his fourth consecutive title.

2015

Craig Lowndes took over from Whincup as the dominant driver in Tasmania, following suit by sweeping all three poles and winning the first two races.

Lowndes celebrates with his race engineer Grant McPherson.

Things would go pear-shaped in the finale, spinning David Reynolds at the first corner. Lowndes would however fight back from a penalty to finish sixth.

2016

Will Davison took a surprise victory to kickstart his first season with Tekno Autosports after his predecessor Shane van Gisbergen slipped up on oil at the hairpin while leading late in the race.

There was not quite so much joy in the Triple Eight garage…

2017

Saturday’s race was cancelled after a shocking pile-up involving half of the field.

James Courtney and Taz Douglas walk back to pitlane, leaving their badly damaged Supercars behind.

Some were able to make it back out for Sunday’s action after overnight repairs.

Some were not.

2018

Symmons Plains is ever the hit with loyal fans.

Three veteran champions share the podium, with Craig Lowndes and James Courtney both enjoying early-season returns to form after horror 2017 campaigns.

Lowndes went one better on the Sunday, taking an emotional victory from pole to snap a rare winless run.

2019

Mark Winterbottom didn’t take long to deliver Team 18 its first ARMOR ALL Pole Position.

He even drew congratulations from his former long-time boss, Tim Edwards.

Winterbottom was unable to convert that into a race victory though, those honours falling to fellow front-row starter Scott McLaughlin.

Shane van Gisbergen would get the upper hand in the event’s second and final race, giving Holden a breakthrough triumph.

A revised date for the 2020 Tyrepower Tasmania Super400 is expected to be announced in the coming months.

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