News briefs: Saturday at the Sydney Telstra 500
Car of the Future remains the major talking point at Homebush this weekend, as fans and team personnel take in the Falcon and Commodore prototypes launched yesterday that remain on show in the pavilion hosting the V8 Supercars paddock.
Industry leaders have heaped praise on the concept, which promises to make it more affordable for teams to build cars and easier to repair.
"I think it's very significant because it gives us a platform for the next 10 years or so in terms of making a car that's easier to service and run for the teams," says Triple Eight team boss Roland Dane.
"But it also has the latest thinking in terms of safety and keeping relevance to the road car market with things like the independent rear-end of the car, the centrally mounted fuel tank etc, while keeping the look and feel that we've got today that's been so good for us."
Holden Motorsports Manager Simon McNamara says the possibility of new manufacturers entering in 2013 under the CotF rules won't change Holden's approach to V8 Supercars.
"We want to continue our involvement in it and we leverage it as much as we can," he says. "We just need to make sure it is right for us."
"At the end of the day, from a car racing point of you, the world is very different from where it was in the 1960s and 1970s where you could take car from the factory and go and race it - safety factors and the progression of technology - so we simply can't do that with our cars at the moment.
"We needed to make sure it represents our road cars, and with our future models we will try and make them even more representative of our road car so the relevance to us is much more significant."
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Jason Bright fighting fit
Brad Jones Racing's Jason Bright returns to V8 Supercars this weekend as he continues his recovery from the rib injury that ruled him out of Sandown.
"My ribs have been good," says Bright. "They'll be a little bit tender, but they're not as bad as I thought they'd be.
"I've done all the right things over the last couple of weeks to make sure I'd be OK for this weekend, because it's very important that we finish this year on a high."
Bright qualified in 26th for the penultimate race of the season.
Greg Murphy mouths off
Kelly Racing's Greg Murphy is unlikely to be too impressed when (if) Jamie Whincup seals his third title this weekend, judging by his comments in the Sydney press.
"He's (Whincup) no better than a lot of other blokes on the track," Murphy told The Daily Telegraph today. "And that's the problem with our sport."
According to Murphy, Whincup and Craig Lowndes have both been flattered by the strength of Triple Eight.
"The team that he's in, how they go about things and their professionalism, make him good.
"They have the financial backing and are good enough to be able to maximise every single thing that goes into their cars.
"It's the team that puts him where he is and makes him as good as he is.
"It absolutely drives everyone nuts and it's not good for the sport that that team is so good. It's just not good for the sport and it's boring. You can't knock them for what they're doing but it just frustrates everyone."
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Rick Kelly's Tassie challenge
There'll be little end of season partying for Rick Kelly, who will compete in the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge next weekend – a five-day, multi-discipline event involving mountain biking, kayaking and trekking, alongside Webber and other athletes.
Kelly will team with Ryan Sandes, a South African ultra-marathon competitor who is also backed by Red Bull.
Heading straight to Tasmania from Homebush, Kelly isn't too disappointed at having to miss V8 Supercars' end of season gala Monday night.
"The gala dinner is a frustrating time to sit there if you haven't won anything," he says.
"You want to be up there accepting trophies and thanking your teams and sponsors for all their efforts. It's tough to see other guys going up there and doing that."
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