Nulon Racing’s Scott Pye and IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom are looking forward to the Repco Supercars Championship’s return to Western Australia for the first time since 2019 for the fourth round of the 2022 season at the Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight.
Perth has been a happy hunting ground for Winterbottom, as the third most successful driver in Supercars history at Wanneroo with seven wins to his tally and two pole positions. Winterbottom will compete in his 254th round when he lines up at Wanneroo, moving him equal with Russell Ingall for fifth on the all-time round starts list.
Pye meanwhile heads to Perth off the back of a season-best fourth-place finish and a new lap record at the Grand Prix, with the Nulon Racing driver and crew looking to translate their car speed across to the tighter Perth layout.
Wanneroo Raceway is a tight 2.411km circuit renowned for being punishing on tyres due to the track surface and sandy surrounds of the venue. Teams will run exclusively on the Dunlop Soft Tyre compound for the duration of the event with seven sets available for qualifying and the three races.
The team’s last visit to Perth in 2019 came as a single-car operation which saw Winterbottom endure a tough weekend with contact and tyre dramas resulting in finishes of 18th and 15th.
The Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight features a two-day format, with three 46-lap races across the weekend. Race 10 will be held under lights on Saturday, with Races 11 and 12 on Sunday afternoon.
The three-part knockout qualifying format returns for Saturday, with Part 1 lasting 12 minutes and Parts 2 and 3 lasting 10 minutes. Two back-to-back all-in 12-minute sessions on Sunday will set the grid for Races 11 and 12 respectively.
The Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506 and streamed on Kayo, with post-race highlights shown on the Seven Network on Saturday and Sunday.
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“I really like Perth, I think it’s a really good track and it’s been a good one for me in the past.
“I missed it off the calendar, out of all the tracks they took away the past couple of years that’s the one I missed the most.
“To go back there is great, the support is great over there and under lights it will be a really cool spectacle. I’m looking forward to it and hopefully we can get up the front for a good result.”
Scott Pye, driver #20 Nulon Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“I love Wanneroo, the tyre degradation is huge there so the racing is always exciting, strategy plays a big part, and it’s a short fast lap so from a drivers perspective it’s always good fun.”
“The biggest thing will be seeing the fans again, that’s always the most important thing when we can’t get back to a location is those fans missing out on the opportunity to experience Supercars whether it’s for the first time or coming back as fans again. It’s exciting to have Supercars back in town and hopefully we turn on some awesome racing.”
Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight
Local time: AWST
Practice 1 – 10:20am (30 minutes)
Practice 2 – 12:15pm (30 minutes)
Qualifying (Race 10) – 2:40pm (three-part)
Race 10 – 6:40pm (46 laps)
TV Times, Fox: 10:00am to 8:00pm AWST
TV Times, Channel 7: Sunday 12:00am AEST
Qualifying (Race 11) – 9:20am (12 minutes)
Qualifying (Race 12) – 9:42am (12 minutes)
Race 11 – 12:05pm (46 laps)
Race 12 – 3:45pm (46 laps)
TV Times, Fox: 8:00am to 5:45pm AWST
TV Times, Channel 7: Monday 12:25 AEST