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HISTORY IN A NUTSHELL

Symmons Plains was opened in 1960 and if you turn the track picture on an angle it looks like a strange shaped golf club with a very small handle. No? Come on, look at it again, see it? The golf club and the funny handl...no? Just me then. The track has been used in the premier Australian touring championship(s) pretty much forever. It did disappear from the calendar for a few years last decade when there was some kind lovers miscommunication but now it's all good and our relationship couldn't be stronger! What are we talking about again?  

TRACK FACTS (NOW WITH LESS FACTS!)

Symmons is an awesome little track. Simple on paper but a technical challenge all the same, it has a number of cool features. The hairpin has been the source of plenty of drama (and fun) through the years. It also has a massive curved back straight where cars reach serious speed. It is hard to pass though, often resulting in the drama (fun) at the hairpin we talked about earlier. 

FORMAT

Last year we had the 'half time break'. Thankfully no half time this year; instead, we have two 100 kay races on Saturday and one 200 kay race on Sunday. Nice and simple. 

Friday

10:00am: Practice one

12:10am: Practice two

2:05pm:  Practice three

Saturday

11:30am: Qualifying one

11:50am: Qualifying two

2:35pm: Race one 100km

4:35pm: Race two 100km

Sunday:   

11:25am: Qualifying three

3:55pm: Race three 200km

CATCH UP WITH FABS HERE

Saturday: 

9:20-9:40 VBM Merchandise area 

10:00-10:30 Autograph session at the back of the Lockwood Racing garage

Sunday:   

9:30-9:50: VBM Merchandise area

13:00-13:30: Autograph session at the back of the Lockwood Racing garage

WIN A NEW JACKET!

Purchase a new 2014 Lockwood Racing polo shirt anytime across the V8 weekend at Symmons and the VBM staff will take your photo. If your photo is (randomly) chosen next week on our Facebook page, you'll score a brand new Lockwood Racing jacket! If you've pre-ordered a polo online and you're going to Symmons, just show the staff your order email and they'll take your photo and put you in the draw too!

LAST TIME

For Lockwood Racing's Fabian Coulthard, Symmons Plains has a special significance. Following the troubles in the first round at Clipsal in 2013 Fabs left

Adelaide in 23rd position in the championship. Not to worry though, the Australian Grand Prix support program showed the true speed of the Lockwood Racing

VF Commodore and after a solid weekend victory Fabs was on the crest of a wave. That wave continued at Symmons with his first ever Championship race and round victory. 

It was a great weekend and showed that Fabian and Lockwood Racing would be a real threat for the rest of the year. 

THIS TIME

Consistency was the order of the day at Clipsal, with Fabian finishing the round 2nd on points. He did, however, finish outside the top 10 in each of the qualifying sessions across the weekend. After tweaking the car's qualifying setup at the Australian Grand Prix, the Lockwood Racing VF Commodore was much pacier in qualifying and ran up front for all four races. Looking good then for Symmons. 

"I think we made some good setup inroads at the grand prix," said Fabs."I?m a lot more confident with the qualifying speed in the car now. I?ve always said that?s the easiest time to pass cars. We?ve just tuned it up and made it a bit nicer but we?re always looking to make it better and better. I think we?re heading in the right direction, I?m pretty confident of that so we?ll see how we go when we get there."

Returning to the scene of his first win is also a positive for Fabs. 

"Symmons is one of those tracks that?s always been kind to me," he said. "I got my first podium there in 2009 so to win 2 races there last year was pretty awesome ? the first championship wins of my career and I?m looking forward to getting a few more."

While it's very early days in the Championship fight, Fabs is understandably happier now than he was after leaving Clipsal last year. 

 "We left Adelaide 23rd in the championship and finished 6th overall, so to leave the track second in the championship is a great foundation to work from," Fabs said. 

FOLLOW US ONLINE (YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO)

We'll have live updates through practice, qualifying and races, at the Lockwood Racing Twitter page @lockwoodracing

You can also catch weekend features and fun stuff at our Facebook page 'lockwoodracing' and Instagram @lockwoodracing 

Whether it's at the track, watching TV or following us online, don't miss the action from the Tyrepower Tasmania 400! 
 

Published: 26 March 2014.

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