After three months of waiting, the Supercars offseason is finally over and the first round of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is done and dusted. With an updated driver line up, some new-look Ford Mustangs, and a solid haul of points, Adelaide was kind to us this year, and we’ve come out of the first round fighting and keen for more. Read on to check out our crash course and gallery from the Adelaide 500.
Wilbur & Waters on the pace
Having paced the field at Supercars’ preseason test in Tailem Bend, Will Davison carried that momentum through to the Adelaide weekend, where he placed in the top five of every session of the weekend, including finishes of fifth and fourth in the weekend’s two races. Waters may not have had the one-lap speed that Wilbur was able to put on show, but the 25-year old was quick enough to qualify in the top five for both races, and following a sixth place finish on Saturday, nabbed a third place finish in Race 2 to score his 11th career podium. The two are tied for fourth in the championship leaving South Australia.
Broc, Le Brocq, make team debuts
Team newcomers Broc Feeney and Jack Le Brocq made their Tickford Racing debuts on the weekend, both making steady gains throughout the weekend on the notoriously challenging Adelaide streets. The former, reigning Super3 champion Feeney started his learning curve in the Super2 championship with finishes of 10th, 7th, and 7th across Super2’s three races at Adelaide, where he had never raced before. The 17-year old was pleased with his progress from session to session, and will head to Tasmania in April sitting eighth in the overall championship.
For Le Brocq, it was a fast-paced introduction to Supercheap Auto Racing, having never driven the No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang at speed prior to Tuesday’s test at Tailem Bend. Le Brocq also made steady progress through the weekend, narrowly missing out on the Top Ten Shootout on Sunday, before posting a 12th place finish in Race 2. While Le Brocq’s adaptation to the Ford Mustang is a work in progress, Adelaide’s results indicate there could be much more to come with the young Victorian.
The team game
While it’s early days in the 2020 season, our Adelaide weekend was a great start for our teams’ championship campaign. A consistent weekend for Davison and Lee Holdsworth, who placed 12th and 6th in the two races, has the 5/23 garage second in the teams’ championship, and the 6/55 garage sitting in fourth. It’s a long season ahead, but in a championship that requires consistency, it’s been a good start to our year.
What’s Next: Melbourne Super400
The Supercars Championship now shifts its focus to the Melbourne Super400, which takes place in support of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. A format unique to the champinship, Supercars will still hold four races across the weekend, but rather than two 70km and two 130km races, each race will be 100km, or 19 laps. Teams will also be required to make a pit stop and use both the Soft and Super Soft compounds of Dunlop tyres during each race, the latter rule being implemented for the first time since 2015. The Melbourne Super400 takes place March 12-15 at Albert Park in the heart of Melbourne.