Milestones aplenty in Tasmania

Wednesday 23 March, 2022
Photos: Edge Photographics
After a dramatic opening round at the start of March, the Repco Supercars Championship is back in the spotlight this weekend with the NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint.
Taking place at Symmons Plains, the Championship’s return to Tasmania should prove just as entertaining as the round at Sydney Motorsport Park earlier this month.
Ahead of the event, the circuit itself is approaching a major milestone with this weekend to mark the 49th time Symmons Plains has held a round of the Australian Touring Cars Championship/Supercars – the second most in the category’s 63-year history.
While the circuit will have to wait until 2023 to reach a milestone, Garry Jacobson will reach one of his own this weekend with his 100th Supercars race start – his debut coming back in 2017.
Mark Winterbottom will also enjoy a unique landmark on Saturday when he equals Craig Lowndes and Jason Bright with the most career starts at the Launceston based circuit, before claiming the record on his own on Sunday with his 45th and 46th race there. Remarkably, Winterbottom has finished all 43 previous races at Symmons Plains.
During those 43 races, the Victorian has won once and will be one of four current drivers to have stood on the top step of the podium with Chaz Mostert, Will Davison and Shane van Gisbergen the other three.

Although Mostert currently leads the championship for the first time in his career, thanks to a highly consistent weekend in Sydney, van Gisbergen would be entering the weekend as the clear favourite, courtesy of Red Bull Ampol Racing’s dominant recent form in Tasmania.
Since 2014, the team has won 13 of the 17 races there and van Gisbergen has contributed to four of those wins, as well as adding a further two podiums.

Should van Gisbergen win one race this weekend, he will equal Garth Tander and Scott McLaughlin as the fourth highest race winners in Australian Touring Car Championship history - two wins will see him surpass the duo and move into fourth outright.
And while the New Zealander will be hoping for a fruitful weekend on the apple isle, it won’t come easy due to the impressive form of Mostert and Anton De Pasquale and the rising status of both Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown.
Unlike the season opener, the Tasmanian round will have three races instead of two longer races with one to take place on Saturday and the remaining two on Sunday.
Fans wanting to attend Symmons Plains can still book tickets here, while Foxtel and Kayo will be broadcasting all of Saturday and Sunday’s sessions from 9:30am to 5:15pm local time each day.
The NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint takes place in Symmons Plains from 25-27 March. 

Championship Top 10 (after Beaurepaires Sydney Supersprint)

1. Chaz Mostert - 279 points
2. Anton De Pasquale - 267
3. Shane van Gisbergen - 252
4. Brodie Kostecki - 249
5. Will Davison - 216
6. Cameron Waters - 192
7. Will Brown - 186
8. Andre Heimgartner - 174
9. Tim Slade - 168
10. Broc Feeney - 156


Saturday 26 March
9:50am-10:20am - Practice 1
11:40am-12:10pm - Practice 2
1:50pm -2:32pm – Armor All Qualifying Race 3
4:55pm-5:45pm – Race 3
Sunday 27 March
10:35am – 10:47am – Armor All Qualifying Race 4
10:57pm – 11:09am – Armor All Qualifying Race 5
1:00pm-1:50pm – Race 4
3:55pm-4:45pm - Race 5
(All times are marked as AEDT)

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Last time they raced at Symmons Plains

Race 6 podium
1. Shane van Gisbergen
2. Jamie Whincup
3. Anton De Pasquale
Race 7 podium
1.Jamie Whincup
2.Shane van Gisbergen
3. Will Davison
Race 8
1. Chaz Mostert
2. Anton De Pasquale
3. Will Davison 

Entry List

Walkinshaw Andretti United
#2 Holden Commodore ZB - Nick Percat 
#25 Holden Commodore ZB - Chaz Mostert 
Tim Blanchard Racing
#3 Ford Mustang - Tim Slade 
Brad Jones Racing
#4 Holden Commodore ZB - Jack Smith 
#8 Holden Commodore ZB - Andre Heimgartner
#14 Holden Commodore ZB - Bryce Fullwood 
#96 Holden Commodore ZB - Macauley Jones 
Tickford Racing
#5 Ford Mustang - James Courtney 
#6 Ford Mustang - Cameron Waters 
#55 Ford Mustang – Thomas Randle
#56 Ford Mustang - Jake Kostecki
Grove Racing
#10 Ford Mustang - Lee Holdsworth
#26 Ford Mustang - David Reynolds 
Erebus Motorsport
#9 Holden Commodore ZB - Will Brown 
#99 Holden Commodore ZB - Brodie Kostecki
Dick Johnson Racing
#11 Ford Mustang - Anton De Pasquale 
#17 Ford Mustang - Will Davison 
Team 18
#18 Holden Commodore ZB - Mark Winterbottom 
#20 Holden Commodore ZB - Scott Pye 
PremiAir Racing
#22 Holden Commodore ZB - Chris Pither
#76 Holden Commodore ZB - Garry Jacobson
Matt Stone Racing
#34 Holden Commodore ZB – Jack Le Brocq  
#35 Holden Commodore ZB – Todd Hazelwood 
Triple Eight Race Engineering
#88 Holden Commodore ZB - Broc Feeney 
#97 Holden Commodore ZB - Shane van Gisbergen

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