It is among the most celebrated and difficult circuits in Australia and in 2019, the standard Adelaide 500 will as soon as once more mark the start of a brand new season of the Supercars championship.
A raft of adjustments throughout the sphere; with new driver and staff mixtures, the introduction of the Ford Mustang and a technical upheaval with the banning of the twin-spring dampers for price slicing – the anticipation for the brand new season is essentially the most its been in recent times.
Mustang’s return to the Australian touring automotive scene has been the key speaking level main into 2019, with six of the Ponies to make their race debut on Saturday for the primary of two 250km races.
A pre-season take a look at at Phillip Island noticed the all-new Ford racers instantly bounce to the sharp finish of the grid, although till they’re dropped right into a racing situation – it’s an unknown as to how DJR Group Penske and Tickford will fare.
Two rookies may also make their full-time debuts this weekend, with Macauley Jones and Garry Jacobson stepping up from Super2 for Group Cooldrive and Kelly Racing respectively.
It’ll even be the primary Adelaide 500 for the reason that occasion’s inception to not function a pair of former champions in Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander. The latter was sensationally dumped by Garry Rogers Motorsport in the course of the low season, to facilitate a sponsorship cope with Enhance Cell – which noticed Richie Stanaway take the veteran’s seat.
The road structure of Adelaide is demanding and doesn’t characterize the identical high-speed aerodynamically delicate feeling of Phillip Island. Scorching climate additionally is about to problem the drivers throughout the primary weekend of the 12 months.
Historically, the Adelaide 500 has been dominated by 2016 Supercars champion in Shane van Gisbergen and the Crimson Bull Holden Racing Group. Final 12 months’s runner up within the championship, has received the final 4 races on the streets of Adelaide.
Although with Crimson Bull HRT nonetheless sad with the setup of their vehicles, may the Kiwi’s mantle because the Adelaide champion be beneath risk?
There is no such thing as a scarcity of contenders, with the reigning collection champion in Scott McLaughlin earmarked to ship the Mustang its first victory and stake a declare to defend his maiden title. Shell V-Energy teammate Fabian Coulthard may also be beneath stress to carry out, off the again of a subpar season in 2018.
After enjoying second fiddle to teammate Van Gisbergen final 12 months, Jamie Whincup must be within the hunt as all the time and within the hunt for an eighth title. With the departure of Craig Lowndes from the Triple Eight setup and the reversion to 2 vehicles – Crimson Bull ought to have the ability to focus extra on vehicles #97 and #88.
Erebus and David Reynolds arrive in Adelaide because the darkish horses for the championship, with the duo requiring extra consistency so as to really be in rivalry. His teammate Anton de Pasquale, who was the standout rookie for 2018 can also be earmarked to construct upon a stable debut season.
Modifications at Tickford sees extra than simply the introduction of the Mustang, with the arrival of Lee Holdsworth following Ford stalwart Mark Winterbottom’s defection to Holden. Additionally becoming a member of Holdsworth is Will Davison, who returns to the Tickford setup with the 23Crimson Racing staff.
Having solely received a single race in 2018 courtesy of Chaz Mostert and James Moffat on the Gold Coast, the whole group is beneath stress to match their Ford rivals at DJR Group Penske, particularly too, with Mostert’s future set to be a significant speaking level in 2019.
Eyes might be on Winterbottom too, who claims to be liberated at his new house on the new look Irwin Racing squad run by Charlie Schwerkholt.
Forging a more in-depth technical alliance with Triple Eight and bolstered by crack engineer Phil Keed, Irwin Racing have been tipped to carry out in comparable trend to fellow Triple Eight prospects in Tekno throughout Van Gisbergen’s tenure.
Though it is just the primary weekend of fifteen for 2019, Adelaide will possible yield a kind information for what to anticipate for the championship. While it’s anticipated that it’ll be the standard suspects on the high – surprises will certainly be welcome.