A condensed schedule and night-time running sets up a tricky weekend in Supercars, according to 2015 champion Mark Winterbottom.
The Team 18 driver has won seven times in Perth, more than any other current driver, however he is not underestimating the challenge of heading back to Wanneroo Raceway for the first time since 2019.
Racing after dark will test the strength of Wanneroo’s floodlights on Saturday night, and there will be minimal turnaround time for teams to repair any damage sustained to cars in the first encounter.
Race 10 in the championship concludes at 7:40pm local time, before qualifying for Race 11 kicks off bright and early the next morning at 9:20am.
“It’s going to be tough,” Winterbottom said.
“The night-time does make it tricky, but the other factor is the turnaround time, we finish late on Saturday night, and we start very early Sunday morning.
“So, if you’re going well, you pretty well just give it a tune up, a bit of cut and polish, wipe the champagne off and off you go Sunday morning. But if you’re not on the pace or you’ve had an incident, suddenly now it’s going to be a massive night to try and turn the thing around.”
Despite having an exceptional record in Perth, Winterbottom has not triumphed there since 2016.
That is of no concern to the veteran though, as he believes this weekend will be more difficult for rivals to dominate than the previous rounds.
“I think out of all the places we go to on the calendar it’s got the biggest win spread, wins are spread quite evenly across the field and not one person dominates,” Winterbottom explained.
“Wanneroo is a circuit that throws up heartache but also throws up some great memories and it’s a tough place to win.
“You’ve got to earn it and make it work.”
While ‘Frosty’ is concerned about the consequences of Saturday night racing for some, he made it clear that fans would be deserving beneficiaries of the schedule.
“The spectacle is worth it, Saturday night prime time racing,” Winterbottom concluded.
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