The 2013 Championship will be decided over the streets of the Olympic Park this weekend in the V8 Supercars Sydney 500. Jamie Whincup leads Red Bull Racing team mate Craig Lowndes by 20 points, with Ford driver Mark Winterbottom a further 100 back. With 300 points available over the weekend it looks to be a straight fight between the Red Bull drivers – with the team also favourites to collect the Teams’ Championship – but Winterbottom will be there to pick up the pieces if the Holden pair trip over each other.
Whincup is bidding to become only the fourth man to be a five time champion in Australian touring cars. The Homebush circuit is the only venue where he has failed to score a race win, in fact he has not even stepped out onto the podium. Lowndes on the other hand has a strong record at Homebush, with two race wins from the last four. He is also the only driver on the grid to have finished in all races run this season.
As with all street circuits there is little room for error, and this event is notorious for a low number of cars lasting the distance. The safety car has been deployed at least twice in each race since the event began in 2009. Saturday’s race also poses a new challenge to the drivers as it will be the first ever to be run in twilight conditions.
As ever there are plenty of activities and attractions in the Olympic Park precinct for all the family. There are some ticket specials to look out for, including an option that includes entry to Sydney FC’s next home A-League match. Children aged 12 also get free trackside entry with a paying adult.
Friday 6th December
09:50 Practice 1 11:55 Practice 2
13:10 Practice 3
14:50 Practice 4
Saturday 7th December
14:05 Top Ten Shootout
17:10 Race 1
Sunday 8th December
15:05 Race 2
Friday 6th December – Sunday 8th December, Sydney Olympic Park
Sydney NRMA Motoring and Services 500 – V8 Supercars Finale