Barbagallo Raceway revs up for weekend of top Supercars action


Scott McLaughlin in action at Phillip Island.
Scott McLaughlin in action at Phillip Island.

TICKET sales are up on last year, the stadium super trucks are back and it’s a tight race at the top of the championship table for the main event.

Organisers of the Perth Supersprint leg of the Supercars Championship at Barbagallo Raceway are buoyed at what lies ahead in Neerabup this weekend; just don’t jinx the weather.

WA Sporting Car Club president Russell Sewell believed the increase in ticket sales was because of the super trucks, which made their first appearance last year.

The powerful heavy duty machines are featuring in Perth as one of four appearances during the 2018 Supercars series, the others being in Adelaide, the Gold Coast and Newcastle.

The utilities hit ramps at high speed as they race around the course, leaving them at risk of crashes and rollovers.

“You just never know if that’s going to be the last time (they come here) because they’re a US-based operation,” Sewell said.

In the Supercars Championship, Shell V-Power Racing driver Scott McLaughlin will be looking to strengthen his grip on the number one spot, which he holds by just 60 points over Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds.

McLaughlin, a Ford driver, won both races in Perth last year, but recently said the track would be a wildcard this weekend.

“It’s a very abrasive surface, so it takes a lot of the tyre, patience with the throttle and all of that sort of stuff,” he told supercars.com.

Sewell, being a Ford man, said he would be putting his money on the Shell team, but, as always, was wary of Holden racing great Jamie Whincup.

Garth Tander is WA’s sole competitor in the Supersprint, with promising teenager Alex Rullo moving down to the Super2 series after making his Supercars debut at age 16 in 2017.

Rullo will be joined in the second-tier championship by fellow West Australians Adam Majoram, Dean Fiore and the Kostecki brothers Kurt, Jake and Brodie.

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