V8 Supercar drivers chase accelerated results
The quest to find even the slightest advantage has led V8
Supercars team Brad
Jones Racing to the University
Ahead of this weekend's
Ipswich 400 at Queensland Raceway, the drivers rolled up for
physical testing with School of Human Movement and
Nutrition Sciences PhD candidate Justin Holland.
Fabian Coulthard, Jason Bright and Dale Wood spent time on a
computerised simulator and had their strength, cardio-vascular
output, blood and body composition analysed.
"In this sport you are looking for any little edge you can get,"
500-race veteran Jason Bright said.
"The difference between fifth and 15th in V8
Supercars is 0.2 of a second over a lap.
"We're constantly making tiny adjustments to our vehicles to
shave the smallest margins off, so it makes sense we look at the
drivers to see where we can do better."
Brad Jones V8 001 from
The University of Queensland on
Researcher Mr Holland, who also works with the Ipswich Jets
rugby league team, said he believed improved fitness could
contribute to better lap times.
The drivers reported using a variety of training methods to
keeping fit, from boxing to swimming, running and cycling.
Mr Bright said race temperature inside a vehicle could reach 60
degrees Celsius and - with drivers wearing a helmet, gloves,
balaclava and fire-retardant clothing - the ability to stave off
fatigue was critical.
This season Mr Coulthard is positioned third in the rankings,
with Mr Bright 13th and Mr Wood 20th.
"When I did my undergraduate at UQ it was always a passion and a
dream to be working in the motorsports industry," Mr Holland
"To have them come along today was an absolute godsend and I'm
very grateful to Brad Jones Racing for making it happen."
Mr Holland said UQ researchers had completed more than 220 laps
of Bathurst's famous Mount Panorama course on the driving simulator
in preparation for the visit by Brad Jones Racing.
The best time posted by an academic was a respectable 2 minutes
and 10 seconds, not far adrift of the 2:7.4 set last year on the
actual track by V8 Supercars driver Chaz Mostert.
Mr Holland will continue to work with Brad Jones Racing in
coming months, specifically in relation to testing driver
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