FIVE BIG QUESTIONS GOING INTO THIS WEEKEND”S PERTH SUPERNIGHT SUPERCARS EVENT
* Just what effect will the forced changes on Ford’s Mustang have on the car’s dominance? In-season testing has revealed an unfair aerodynamic edge to the all-conquering car with championship officials forcing a raft of changes to the vehicle’s set-up before the road. Whether it’ll enable Holden and Nissan to close the gap won’t be known until the cars hit the track.
* Will records tumble in the west? Fast-paced action is expected this weekend due to a combination of a long overdue track resurface at Barbagallo and racing under lights. Lower temperatures and the new surface should ensure much less tyre degradation across the field. Jason Bright’s race lap record from 2004 of 55.9440 seconds may well be under threat.
* Can anyone stop Scott McLaughlin? The DJR Team Penske driver loves Perth, winning five races across his career, including the past four races in the past two years. His last victory came from 19th position on the grid after a poor qualifying effort for the Sunday race – the lowest starting position for a winner in Perth in Supercars history.
* Can Jamie Whincup strike back? The seven-time series champion heads west a lowly ninth on the drivers’ standings and hasn’t won a race in 2019. Whincup has a record eight pole positions at Barbagallo but the last of those was in 2013.
* Can David Reynolds mark a milestone in style? The Penrite Racing driver will start his 300th Supercars race on the weekend but is yet to win in Perth. His second place in last year’s Sunday race was his best finish at the circuit.
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