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Randle tips Full Course Yellow impact on strategy

TICKFORD Racing driver Thomas Randle has pre-empted a strategic impact attached to Supercars’ introduction of a Full Course Yellow procedure.

A week on from its use in the Bathurst 12 Hour, the FCY will debut at Repco Supercars Championship level in this weekend’s pair of 250km races at Mount Panorama.

The system involves drivers being given a 15-second countdown to slow to a maximum of 80km/h, from where they can either circulate in that manner or the situation can be escalated to a full Safety Car to bunch up the field.

The Supercars field took part in a pre-practice procedural check session yesterday at Bathurst, which ran relatively smoothly besides a configuration-type issue for the Blanchard Racing Team.

Randle, who combined with Cam Waters and Craig Lowndes to place seventh in the 12 Hour, weighed in on the concept.

Thomas Randle. Pic: Nathan Wong

“I think there’s pros and cons,” he told V8 Sleuth’s Will Dale.

“From a safety point of view, I think it’s good.

“Strategy, it makes it tricky because I guess when it’s Full Course Yellow, if you haven’t pitted, that’s an advantage.

“So I think for something like Supercars, a lot of people will now probably stay out as long as they can.

“It sort of probably eliminates the early pitstop because if you pit early and there’s a Full Course Yellow, you kind of shoot yourself in the foot. So, from that point strategy-wise it’s a bit tricky.

“I guess a lot of people (categories) do it around the world.”

Macauley Jones also had his say via the latest episode of the BJR Run Down podcast, accessible below.

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