Check out these fast facts to get fans excited at Qld Raceway

Check out these fast facts to get fans excited at Qld Raceway

Red Bull Racing Australia's Jamie Whincup will start his 150th V8 Supercar Championship round at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400.

The Holden driver becomes the 19th man in the 55-year history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/V8SC to reach the mark. Whincup reaches the milestone at Queensland Raceway, which is the team's home test track and where he made his championship debut in 2002. He also scored his first V8 Supercar Championship pole position in Ipswich in 2007.

 

VIP Petfoods-backed Tekno Autosports driver Shane van Gisbergen will also achieve a milestone at Queensland Raceway - his 100th V8 Supercar Championship round start.

The Gold Coast-based New Zealander debuted at Oran Park in 2007. He becomes the 38th driver in championship history to join the century club.

 

Ford is in something of a pole position drought in the V8 Supercar Championship given a Falcon driver is yet to claim an ARMOR ALL Pole Position award in 2014.

The last Ford driver to take pole in the V8SC was Mark Winterbottom last November at Phillip Island - a drought of 24 races and counting.

 

It's hard to go past Craig Lowndes when analysing the potential race winners at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400 given past form at Queensland Raceway.

He's won more V8 Supercar races at the circuit than any other driver - a whopping 11. The next best is Garth Tander with five.

 

Queensland Raceway is the home test track for seven of the 25 cars that will line up at the Coates Hire Ipswich 400 (Red Bull Racing Australia x 2, Tekno Autosports x 1, Wilson Security Racing x 2 and Erebus Motorsport V8 x 2).

Recent history shows the home teams are hard to beat there given they have claimed 10 of the past 12 races from 2009 onwards. Red Bull Racing Australia has claimed seven of those wins with Dick Johnson Racing collecting the other three.

 

Nine former Queensland Raceway V8 Supercar race winners are in the field for the 2014 Coates Hire Ipswich 400.

Four drivers with wins this season - Shane van Gisbergen, Fabian Coulthard, Jason Bright and Lee Holdsworth - have never won a V8 Supercar race at the circuit.

 

Supercheap Auto Racing driver Tim Slade will celebrate his 29th birthday on Sunday. Queensland Raceway holds happy memories for Slade given it's the circuit where he scored his first V8 Supercar podium result in 2011.

He backed it up with two more podiums in the two remaining races.

 

Dale Wood, Robert Dahlgren and Nick Percat are making their first start at Queensland Raceway in the V8 Supercar Championship.

Wood and Percat have both raced there before in the Dunlop Series while the Swedish Volvo driver is making his first appearance at the 3.12-kilometre circuit.

 

Repair Management Australia Racing's Russell Ingall has an impressive record at Queensland Raceway - his home test track for nine years with Stone Brothers Racing (2003-2007) and Paul Morris Motorsports (2008-2011).

The 2005 V8 Supercar Champion has started all 34 V8 Supercar races held there with 25 top 10 finishes and an impressive 20 top five finishes. Ingall has three race wins to his name at Queensland Raceway, including the first V8 Supercar race held there in 1999.

 

The Dunlop Series will celebrate a major milestone at Queensland Raceway with the running of its 250th race tomorrow.

The development category of V8 Supercar racing made its debut at Sydney Motorsport Park in March 2000 and has competed at Queensland Raceway every year from 2004 onwards.

 

As Australia's largest equipment hire company, Coates Hire is a proud supporter of the motorsport community, acting as V8 Supercar's official equipment hire sponsor and supplier for the championship series.

Jeremy Hill, Group Manager Marketing said supporting the V8 Supercars round at Ipswich was fitting for the company. "Coates Hire has been a long-standing part of the local community and is proud to be able to support an event that aligns well with our customers and staff.''

 

Kids 14 and under receive free trackside admission this weekend with a paying adult. Tickets are from $27 via ticketek.com.au.



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