Supercars stars slam ‘stupidly high’ minimum tyre pressure

Supercars will use super tender tyres this weekend at the Darwin Triple Crown. Image: Ross Gibb

Shane van Gisbergen and countryman Andre Heimgartner have hit out at Supercars’ “extreme” mandated minimum tyre pressure.

The baseline determine has climbed to 20psi from previous year’s minimum of 17psi.

The go was created for two good reasons first of all in the fascination of safety to minimize the possibility of tyre wall harm, and next, to induce bigger tyre put on.

Supercars experienced launched a rule prior to this weekend’s Merlin Darwin Triple Crown blocking teams from “baking” their tyres in the solar. Having said that, Supercars u-turned on that determination a day prior to exercise.

The effect of the change is exacerbated by a new super soft tyre compound released at the commence of the 2022 year, which is even softer than very last year’s edition.

At a sizzling and humid Concealed Valley Raceway, the major two motorists from Follow 2 bemoaned the improve at the close of perform.

Brad Jones Racing’s Heimgartner mentioned the ensuing tyre have on could both make the racing unexciting or action-packed.

“They could have perhaps gone up not as higher on the tyre pressures,” said Heimgartner.

“I imagine it’s a little bit extreme but they are hoping, I guess, to get an intense outcome so I think they are certainly going to get.

“No a person definitely is aware what’s heading to occur. We have viewed some long operates and the tyre deg is relatively sizeable so it is likely to effect the strategy.

“It could possibly even make the race far more dull due to the fact you can only pit in a specified window to make the entire race with out totally blowing your tyres up.

“I assume you’ve acquired different stages of obviously the drop-off and I think it’s likely to go into the worst phase a ton more quickly, so at the conclude of the race there’s going to be a lot of sliding all over, individuals functioning extensive, perhaps a little bit more motion, so we’ll have to wait around and see.”

Asked what he imagined of the modifications, van Gisbergen reserved his legitimate feelings. Nonetheless, he observed the importance of qualifying to start off the races with clear air.

The Kiwi was quickest at the close of Apply 2, acquiring been 17th in the previous session on a race simulation.

“I’ll get in difficulties if I say my thoughts,” he said.

“Qualifying is going to be true vital below. The tyre pressures are just stupidly high so you will need to be up the entrance if you are subsequent, it is heading to be tremendous tricky to race.

“I believe absolutely everyone is heading to be in the coach just sliding around so you have received to check out to qualify perfectly.”

Qualifying for Race 16 will get underway at 11:45 neighborhood time/12:15 AEST.

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