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The lessons Supercars will and won’t share from BRT outing

SUPERCARS has a clear picture of the lessons it will and won’t disseminate from Gen3 shakedowns including the Blanchard Racing Team’s historic outing.

BRT yesterday became the first team to run a non-prototype Gen3 race car, cutting 62 laps at Winton Motor Raceway in a workload shared between new signing Todd Hazelwood and team principal Tim Blanchard.

Through prototype testing, Supercars has gone above and beyond to provide a fair flow of information to all teams and has called on a diverse array of drivers.

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The learning process is still ongoing – for example, Supercars only last month tested an improved control steering rack – and head of motorsport Adrian Burgess and his team are still gathering knowledge about any potential reliability gremlins that may be encountered and/or eliminated.

BRT, which did not run the new-spec rack at Winton, will not have to give up any performance-related secrets it has learnt though.

“It will be interesting for us to see where the teams go (in terms of set-up),” Burgess told V8 Sleuth.

“The prototypes have run on a generic, standard set-up which we came up with 18 months ago and we haven’t deviated from that.

“All of that information has been given to all of the teams, so they have been seeing all of those runsheets, all of the lap time and data for the last year and it will be interesting to see now what the teams do with the car themselves.

“Supercars will see that and we see that at every race or test session anyway, we see all of the data, but we don’t share that, that’s now their IP and that’s the bit they want to do in secrecy.

“We can go look under the car and see where things are but we don’t tell anyone else that.

“But any issues which we find with any of these cars at any point going forward – anything reliability or any things that we need to change, and there will be a lot, this is part of what happens in the life of a car – then that will get communicated across the pitlane because this is about learning for the sake of the category.

“It’s not ‘everybody is now on their own and they have to go and fix their own problems and everybody else has to find mistakes or have failures’.

“That’s not how this works; it’s a car for the category, it’s a car for everyone, so if somebody breaks something, then we’ll put something in place that fixes it for everybody.

“That’s how these programs run.”

Dick Johnson Racing and Matt Stone Racing are among the teams in line to next conduct shakedowns, on February 7.

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