Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

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Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

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Byline: Brook Osmond Our V8 correspondent

AFTER a well-deserved nine-week break the V8 supercars are back this weekend for the L&H 500 in Phillip Island.

This will be the first of the three endurance races this year and for the first time each driver from each car will nominate to compete in a qualifying race. One will nominate for qualifying race one and the other for qualifying race two.

Qualifying will be on Saturday consisting of two 20-minute sessions. Teams will have decided who will drive in which qualifying race, however they do not know which driver from the other teams they will be competing against until all the nominations are in and final.

The qualifying races will be 60km sprint and at least one pit stop for each car is required in either race one or two and a minimum of two tyres must be changed.

The team with the most points from both qualifying races will take pole position. If two or more teams are on equal points then the highest-scoring driver from qualifying race two and their team mate will be on pole position.

The actual endurance race will be held on Sunday. Driver changes are allowed but the number one driver is required to race a total of 75 of 113 laps.

Last year it was HRT's Garth Tander and Will Davison who won the enduro after Tander overtook Craig Lowndes with a few corners to go. Triple Eights Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup were devastated with this result after leading the race from the start and coming in second with a couple of turns to go.

With original team mates unable to pair up this year things may get interesting with everyone wanting to win and massive points up for grabs in the championship for the winners.

There is a 120-point difference between James Courtney and Whincup and their co-drivers may either make or break them in terms of the championship.

Can Whincup catch Courtney on the championship board or will the latter keep charging ahead? There is only one way to find out and that's to be watching Channel Seven this weekend for one of the biggest races this year.

Driver Entry List

Car 1. Jamie Whincup and Steve Owen, Triple Eight Racing, Holden

Car 2. …

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