V8 Supercar drivers gear up for trip to Texas

GUY HAND
Last updated 17:21 14/05/2013
Jamie Whincup
Getty Images
ON TOP: Jamie Whincup currently leads the V8 series.

Relevant offers

Motorsport

Ford's Mark Winterbottom narrowly wins first V8 Supercars race in Perth Tyre management key to winning V8 Supercars races in Perth, says James Courtney New Zealand drivers leading the way in World Endurance Championship Red Bull Racing driver Craig Lowndes makes fast start in Perth Kiwi driver Earl Bamber blitzes Belgium practice for World Endurance Championship Hayden Paddon's quick actions in Rally Argentina crash 'probably saved lives' Four Kiwi drivers set to race in Belgium Formula One set for later Australian start in 2016 Formula One legend Ayrton Senna to be recreated as a hologram in Barcelona Silverstone boss backs Sebastian Vettel to 'stir things up a bit' before British Grand Prix

The few drivers who have seen the American track for this weekend's V8 Supercars race say Bathurst might be the only thing bigger than Texas.

Only a handful of those who will race at the spectacular Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas have seen it close up. The vast majority will get their first look when they arrive in  the United States later on Tuesday (local time) ahead of Saturday's first  practice session.

Purpose-built to host America's rounds of the Formula One and MotoGP world championships, a truncated 3.75km version of the full 5.5km Grand Prix track will be used for the V8s' four weekend races.

With several points of elevation, a lightning-fast straight and a mix of high-speed and low-speed areas, Austin is being described as ''a driver's track'' the competitors will love.

Some, like Ford's Mark Winterbottom, say racing in North American motor racing heartland on such a quality track can provide the closest thing to a Bathurst-like experience outside Mount Panorama.

''Last time I was there, only half the track was finished. From my initial visit, I was impressed by the facilities and the dramatic elevation changes so I can't wait to see the finished  product,'' Winterbottom said of his visit last year.

''I thought it was amazing and, when I saw the track... the front half was asphalt, but the second half was dirt. Even then, it was still one of the best looking circuits I'd  seen and I think it will suit our category well. I can't wait to  have a go at it.''

Among those to have driven on the finished article are Holden duo Fabian Coulthard and James Courtney.

''It's unbelievable ... when you drive it in a V8 Supercar, it is  pretty impressive,'' Coulthard said. ''The most impressive part for me was turn one driving down into  turn two. It was awesome to have the up and down and the high-speed, low-speed mix. It will work really well with our cars.''

The US will become the sixth international venue to host V8 Supercar racing, joining New Zealand's two venues Pukekohe and Hamilton, China, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

Holden driver Jamie Whincup leads the series after four events from Ford's Will Davison.

Ad Feedback

- AAP

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your favourite V8 Supercars driver?

Scott McLaughlin

Shane Van Gisbergen

Fabian Coulthard

Jamie Whincup

Mark Winterbottom

Craig Lowndes

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Blog