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Triple Eight’s weather curveball wish

TRIPLE Eight Race Engineering team manager Mark Dutton admits he’s in the unusual position of praying for rain, to help fuel a last-ditch championship push.

Thursday at the VAILO Adelaide 500 proved wetter than expected, and showers are forecast for both today and tomorrow before conditions clear on Sunday.

With Erebus Motorsport in the box seat in both the drivers’ and teams’ title races – holding leads of 131 points and 170 points respectively – Triple Eight needs to both be at the front and benefit from a stumble from its rivals.

Erebus and particularly Brodie Kostecki have been bulletproof just about all year, but wet weather is a factor rarely encountered thus far by anyone with the Gen3 machines.

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“I’m probably one of the few people smiling about the weather,” said Dutton.

“Usually at a race meeting you don’t want this type of weather, you don’t want extra variables, but we need them this weekend.

“We need as many curveballs thrown in and try to deal with them as best we can and hope that it mixes it up a little bit.”

With Shane van Gisbergen still an outside chance for a fourth championship before moving to the US next month, it’s otherwise a simple equation for him and Triple Eight.

“We’ll just focus on fast cars; ultimately that’s all we can do to try to put some pressure on Barry (Ryan) and the team… it’s theirs to lose more than ours to win,” said Dutton.

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For his part, Ryan is keeping it simple as Erebus – which has never won a Supercars championship before – strives to upstage perennial powerhouse Triple Eight.

“We don’t have the experience these guys have got with championships but we’re just going to go out and try to win both races,” he said.

“That’s what we have been trying to do all year so if we win both races I think it will take care of itself.”

Erebus owner Betty Klimenko has made the trip to Adelaide, while NASCAR legend Richard Childress is a guest of the Coca-Cola-backed team this weekend.

Childress was yesterday taken for a hotlap by Kostecki.

Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki. Pic: Supplied
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