The Supercar teams will have their first on track action at a test day in Sydney on February 21st, just a few weeks prior to the season opening Clipsal 500.
The one day test, which will take place at Sydney Motorsport Park, will be one of three allocated team testing days for the 2017 season where the teams will get the opportunity to test this year’s new tyre constructions, soft and super soft compounds, in an attempt to analyse their performance ahead of the season opener.
“With the introduction of a new tyre, the Team Representatives on the Supercars Commission decided that a pre-season test at a neutral venue was necessary so that all teams and drivers could experience the characteristics of the new tyre before racing on them,” Supercars Australia Sporting and Technical Director David Stuart told the sports official website.
“Whilst the day is not compulsory, it will be in the best interests of teams to attend as this change will represent a significant new technical challenge. Ensuring that teams have sampled the tyres and been able to collect data to analyse before the beginning of the racing season will be vital to on-track performance.”
“The results of the laboratory testing that we are currently conducting will be supplied to all teams ahead of this test so that they can work through their chassis set-up changes needed to make the most of the construction change. The choice of Sydney Motorsport Park means that all teams will have the same testing opportunity, with every team at the neutral venue on the same day providing equality whatever the weather and track conditions.”
“What this new construction should provide is a different kind of feedback for drivers and engineers, and track time is the only way to effectively analyse this new feedback.”