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Old 3 Jul 2018, 11:28 (Ref:3834413)   #1
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A great top end venue

In the sun, almost in the tropics

Cars have popped back to Melbourne and Gold Coast since Darwin, or come across directly from Darwin

Strong crowd & local support

Plenty of on track action.

Who will be successful here?

Erebus seems to be creeping up on it lately...
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Old 3 Jul 2018, 11:53 (Ref:3834418)   #2
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WAU have a good reputation up there and should figure prominently. PRA had all four cars in the Sunday Top Ten Shootout last year but zero chance of that this year with their weakened driver line up. Other than that DJRTP and 888 (the usual suspects) will figure strongly.
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Old 3 Jul 2018, 14:03 (Ref:3834434)   #3
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WAU have a good reputation up there and should figure prominently. PRA had all four cars in the Sunday Top Ten Shootout last year but zero chance of that this year with their weakened driver line up. Other than that DJRTP and 888 (the usual suspects) will figure strongly.
Are you saying Stanaway is the weak link?
He is the only difference
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Old 3 Jul 2018, 16:46 (Ref:3834450)   #4
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A great top end venue

In the sun, almost in the tropics

Cars have popped back to Melbourne and Gold Coast since Darwin, or come across directly from Darwin

Strong crowd & local support

Plenty of on track action.

Who will be successful here?

Erebus seems to be creeping up on it lately...

Townsville is definitely in the tropics

The tropic of Capricorn is north of Rockhampton.
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Old 4 Jul 2018, 00:19 (Ref:3834492)   #5
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Are you saying Stanaway is the weak link?
He is the only difference
I think he is saying Notso was the strong link
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Old 4 Jul 2018, 03:59 (Ref:3834523)   #6
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I think he is saying Notso was the strong link
The other way to look at it.
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Old 4 Jul 2018, 08:04 (Ref:3834531)   #7
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Are you saying Stanaway is the weak link?
He is the only difference
i am saying they are all weaker this year, the engineering has gone backwards with a rookie driver in the 56 car and with the team in general.
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Old 4 Jul 2018, 13:32 (Ref:3834602)   #8
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Impossible to argue. Some sponsors are coming towards the end of their deals aren't they? The Mustang might be a godsend at Tickford to keep those sponsors happy.
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Old 5 Jul 2018, 04:18 (Ref:3834733)   #9
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Its not just a problem with the 56 (maybe he should've had a year in the Kuhmo Series after all). It really is across the whole team who have dropped the ball this year. Hopefully the Mustang turns things around although no doubt the engineering team will be flat out with that at the moment. Its quite probable that creating the Mustang is distracting enough to affect the teams performance this year.
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Old 5 Jul 2018, 16:03 (Ref:3834822)   #10
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We know Stanaway has the talent, we've seen him in a couple of remarkable drives in difficult conditions.

However he now has to set the car up instead of getting into a car that's been set up.

Maybe it is him, maybe it is his engineering support.

We've certainly seen guys who have shown good strength in the enduros but never made it as full time drivers.

Dean Canto, David Wall, Warren Luff are all examples and there are others... Perhaps Larry Perkins...
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Old 5 Jul 2018, 22:59 (Ref:3834894)   #11
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Makes you wonder about the other drivers in the team and the team itself if there is a dependency on a new driver to the category to set up the car fully.

Yes, margins down the grid in Supercar are very small so it doesn't take much to slide back a few rows, yes the cars are unusual in their behaviour, yes the quality and competitive level of the drivers / teams in this series is high but with three established drivers in the team, Mr Stanaway should be getting a car with at least a decent / consistent baseline setup.

I can't imagine that Mr Bright was setting up the others' cars for them so we're left with surmising that the problems this year are more likely within the team operations.
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Old 6 Jul 2018, 02:52 (Ref:3834925)   #12
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Nissans are quick in Super2
lets see if it transpires in the main game.
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Old 6 Jul 2018, 07:30 (Ref:3834950)   #13
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Tickford cars off the pace in P2. You never know what tyres people are using but some people will do a Q simulation.
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Old 6 Jul 2018, 20:02 (Ref:3835050)   #14
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Tickford cars off the pace in P2. You never know what tyres people are using but some people will do a Q simulation.
Interesting to see Davo in an ex Tickford car running on the pace.
(Agree re tyres though, although one would have thought at least one Tickford car would take a run on greens for the data and set up help for qualy up next.)
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Old 7 Jul 2018, 09:50 (Ref:3835136)   #15
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Most unlike Courtney to be involved in another car in the fence.
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