V8s set for lap records at Raceway

Queensland Raceway is one of the shortest on the Australian V8 Supercar calendar.
Queensland Raceway is one of the shortest on the Australian V8 Supercar calendar. Drive

FOUR months after a complete track resurface at Queensland Raceway, V8 Supercar drivers are expecting to go faster than ever on the new pristine surface.

Motorsport veteran Russell Ingall, who used the track as a test venue until his move to Supercheap Racing this year also meant a move of testing facilities to Victoria, said reports were rife the new track was super fast.

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"I haven't been there since it has been resurfaced," Ingall said.

"I believe it is a fair bit quicker so we'll get round the horseshoe at an even faster pace.

"It would have been nice if they added a few more corners on to it but I suppose that all comes down to the magic dollar.

Track CEO John Tetley agreed with the experienced driver's opinion about both the speed of the track and the desire for a more challenging circuit.

"Queensland Raceway is going to be faster than ever," Tetley said.

"We're expecting the supercars to be two seconds a lap faster this years and that's on top of new track records last year.

Tetley said "it would be nice" to have been able to develo"p the track to further test the drivers, but it wasn't economically viable.

"The problem as always is you are looking at about $2½ million a kilometre and as a single investor I can't justify that.

"So I completely agree with his comments but it's just not viable at the moment. If someone wanted to run a Formula One or World Moto GP race out there we'd only be to happy to work with whoever was going to fund it."

It was feared the resurface would take away some of the intricacies of the track that is one of the shortest on the Australian V8 Supercar calendar.

The bumps that tested the drivers knowledge and skills are gone and Ingall said while it would be safer for drivers, it was possible racing wouldn't be as exciting.

"When we used to go to Pukekohe in New Zealand that had a couple of horrendous bumps coming onto the main straight," he said.

"As a spectacle though it was really good because the cars got so out of shape and out of control

"You don't want to see the cars going around like they're on a billiard table and not doing anything."

The extra speed has already attracted some big names.

Formula One driver Mark Webber and former motorcycle world Champion Troy Bayliss enjoyed a closed session on the new surface earlier this year.

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