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Courtney calls for better AGP Supercars system

JAMES Courtney believes a better system should be sorted to accommodate the Repco Supercars Championship at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

Supercars teams will this year operate out of tents in a restricted access area in the Albert Park infield, having lost the alternate pitlane to the FIA Formula 2 Championship.

“This year is going to be different without any pitstops,” Courtney told V8 Sleuth.

“I understand the way that the whole dynamic of the Grand Prix is changing with F2 and F3 and all that sort of stuff, but it is a championship round for us and our races are going to be short and time certain.

“Where we’re placed out the back, it sort of makes it a harder pill for everyone to swallow, I guess, and it sort of takes away from the event for us.

“I think we are quite a good drawcard for the event.”

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James Courtney will drive this Ford Performance-liveried Mustang at this weekend’s Adelaide Motorsport Festival. Pic: Race Project

The Blanchard Racing Team driver added: “If the weather is great, it will be no dramas.

“But if it starts raining as it does in Melbourne and we’re out the back on those fake floors and mud is coming up through the floor, trying to drive the cars out with crap everywhere…

“I understand someone has to be parked there and Porsche do it all of the time, but for the leading championship within Australia, I think we should probably have a bit better system.

“It is what it is, we’ll push on and see how it pans out.”

Further to that point on weather, V8 Sleuth understands mid-race rain could trigger a red flag to allow teams to change tyres – given they’ll not be set up to do so swiftly without being properly set up in the alternate pitlane.

Supercars’ Round 2 at Albert Park will run across March 21-24.

Courtney in his regular #7 Snowy River Caravans Mustang at the 2024 Bathurst 500. Pic: Nathan Wong
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