The hidden benefit of delaying Supercars Gen3 testing

It was announced yesterday that the teams’ long-awaited plans to start testing new Gen3 cars next month have been postponed.

Instead, the program was reorganized in the off-season, and the build-up stretched well into January before testing began.

That would leave the teams about six weeks away from their new cars to the season opener in Newcastle.

In between away from the season opener there will only be two Test days allocated to each team – one at Winton (Victorian teams) or Queensland Racecourse (Queensland teams) and an all-Test at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Because development work with the prototypes has focused on durability rather than setup work, the compact test program means teams will head to Newcastle with limited knowledge of how to extract speed from a Gen3 car.

While this can be a source of frustration for teams and drivers, Tickford Racing CEO Edwards says the fans can be the big winners thanks to form that will be very unpredictable in the first few rounds.

Should that happen, it would be reminiscent of the 2013 season, the first for the Car of the Future podium, which saw a host of different winners.

“The reality is, it’s going to throw balls in the air for the first round, because we’re all going to be fighting to get to know these cars as quickly as we can,” Edwards told Motorsport.com.

“No one cleared the toe, no one cleared the camber, no one cleared the ride height.

“It’s going to be like darts for the first few rounds.

“Turn back the clock to 2013; in 2012 the Triple Eight and ourselves won every single race of the season, and in 2013 there were six different winners from the first nine races.

“We could end up with that this season. For the people sitting at home, the fact that we won’t be running those cars until January means we’ll be more in the dark when we go on track, and it will result in quite a mixed grid as we all try to find a our feet.

“This bodes well as a spectacle.”

While the six-week shift is a stark contrast to the recent technical overhaul, which saw teams testing COTF devices up to five months into the first round, there seems to be a sense of satisfaction from teams that this delay is the right call. .

According to Edwards, the difference is the sheer amount of control parts that, at a team level, shouldn’t require durability testing.

“[The delay is] The right call. surely “.

“We’d borderline say, ‘Yeah, we’ll probably push for December.'” But the truth is, there are quite a few parts that are overdue, and what you don’t want to do is work until then, and then pull the pin on it.

“So we all agreed that it would be more comfortable for everyone.

“I don’t think anyone gets nervous about reliability and things like that. Yes, there will be some issues arising. But this is a different race car than we’ve all built before.

“A lot of it, there’s the design, it’s run. We’re talking about things like the rolls. If the engineers designed a new roll up today, and we thought it would make our car run faster, we’d get a crack at making it and running it on the car in Adelaide. That’s what we do.”

“We’ve done that in the past. I remember one time we came back from Darwin and had a crap. We said, ‘Things, we’re designing a new front end. ‘ We designed and built a completely new front end, new suspension straight new arms, everything, and it ran successfully in Townsville.

“Yeah there’s a risk in doing that, but that’s the business we’re in. So I don’t think anyone gets nervous about it.”

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