Team 18 drivers Scott Pye and Mark Winterbottom are gearing up for the third event of the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship at the Perth SuperSprint this weekend, 28-30 April.
The first race of the weekend will see Winterbottom make his 600th race start in the Supercars Championship, joining Craig Lowndes (674) and Garth Tander (641) in the 600 Club.
Winterbottom is the most successful driver at Wanneroo Raceway with seven race wins to his name, and lists the Perth circuit as one of his favourite tracks, but one that has favoured optimum car setup over the years.
“Wanneroo is one of my favourite tracks one that I’ve had a lot of good results at, so I go there full of confidence and full of hope,” said Winterbottom.
“It’s got some high speed, it’s got some slow speed and it’s a very high degradation track. There’s different qualifying formats, so there’s so many variables that are going to spice up the weekend.
“I think racing wise the cars are definitely a positive. I think the Grand Prix showed that you can follow and places at Wanneroo like going up the hill and down into The Bowl previously you couldn’t follow, but I think now we can.
“A fast car’s going to win the race and hopefully it’s us, but I can’t wait it’s going to be a great weekend.
Pye heads to Wanneroo with a new naming rights partner onboard in Toyota Forklifts, and is looking forward to getting the most of out of the new Gen3 cars around the long-flowing corners of Wanneroo.
“It’s a small, fast, pretty intense circuit and the racing is always very close around there,” said Pye.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what it has on offer for the Gen3 cars. It raises its own unique challenges given we’re in such a different car and they are very different to drive. But I think one thing I’m looking forward to is in the high speed sections, being able to follow a little bit closer and hopefully set people up for overtakes.”
“If you have a quick car and qualify at the front, then it’s just head down. But around that place, we’re considerate of tyres as well and, I think strategy’s going to play a huge part in it. There’s going to be a lot of emphasis on pit stop time as well.”
With only one 90 minute practice session on Friday leading into Qualifying, both drivers have referred to the importance to get on top of the cars on Friday.
The Bosch Power Tools Perth SuperSprint kicks off on Friday with one 90-minute practice session. Saturday’s action will see a three-part knockout qualifying to set the grid for Race 7 at 3:45pm that afternoon.
Qualifying for Races 8 and 9 will be held on Saturday morning from 9:15am, followed by Race 8 at 11:45am and Race 9 at 3:45pm.
All three races of the Perth SuperSprint will be 42 laps distance on the Dunlop Soft Tyre.
All the action from the Bosch Power Tools Perth SuperSprint can be viewed live on Fox Sports and Kayo.