The focus of the V8 Supercars field has switched into endurance mode, with the PIRTEK Enduro Cup set to begin this weekend at the Wilson Security Sandown 500.
The third year of V8 Supercars’ Championship-within-a-Championship sees the 25 outfits vying for the Cup created by renowned Australian industrial artist, James Corbett which carries some 400 parts directly from the PIRTEK catalogue.
To date, the only squad that has taken the PIRTEK Enduro Cup home has been Queensland-based Red Bull Racing Australia – who have struck ominous form just at the right time with Jamie Whincup recording a Saturday race victory at the most recent V8 Supercars event in Sydney.
Current Driver and Team Championship leaders, Ford team, Prodrive Racing Australia will be looking to eclipse its arch-rival Holden squad as it chases its maiden Championship and PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
Whilst the leading Holden and Ford teams go in as the ones to chase in this year’s PIRTEK Enduro Cup, there is no shortage of teams from both manufacturers as well as Volvo, Nissan and Erebus Motorsport that are keen to lure the PIRTEK-inspired trophy from Red Bull’s grasp.
At the previous round at Sydney Motorsport Park, Triple Eight Race Engineering (RBRA) Team Principal Roland Dane surprised PIRTEK Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Dutton with a travel case for the trophy.
“It was a nice little side project for our fabrication department,” said Dane. “When it travels, we wanted to make sure the PIRTEK Enduro Cup goes securely and is presented well. We’d hope that it doesn’t stray too far from Triple 8, but if it does, we want it to be maintained well until we take it back.”
PIRTEK’s involvement in V8 Supercar racing stretches back to the late 1990s with Stone Bros Racing and continued through Marcos Ambrose’s Championship years. It made a return to the sport in 2013 with Triple Eight and MOTOGP World Champion, Casey Stoner in his Dunlop Series endeavours – at the same time launching the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
When Ambrose announced his return to Australia at the end of last year with the newly formed DJR Team Penske squad, PIRTEK was one of the first sponsors to jump on board the campaign.
That has carried into this year with the Sydney-based international fluid transfer solutions company adorning the headlights of Scott Pye’s DJR Team Penske Ford.
“PIRTEK’s role in V8 Supercars as creators of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup and Official Hose Supplier to the category allows us to access a direct market for our products – whether that be from a team or fanbase perspective,” said Stephen Dutton.
“It shows the level of enthusiasm that Roland and his team have for the sport that they have created the case to carry the Cup. Jamie (Whincup) and Craig (Lowndes) each have a PIRTEK Enduro Cup to their credit and the whole team is so keen on retaining it.
“The category is so competitive between all five manufacturers now that I think it will be a really strong fight from Sandown to Bathurst and of course, to the Gold Coast at the end of October.
“PIRTEK is extremely proud to be a part of the V8 Supercars and naming rights sponsor of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup. The sport has been a key part of our business for many years and we know our franchisees and customers love the V8 Supercars and watch with interest every single event.”
PIRTEK was founded in Western Sydney in 1980 by the Duncan family and its global headquarters remain in Kings Park in Blacktown Shire today. The unique franchise model established by the Duncans has grown to be in 23 countries with 400 locations being serviced by the familiar PIRTEK vans and traditional walk-in Service & Supply Centres around the globe.
The PIRTEK Enduro Cup begins this weekend at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 (September 11-13) before heading to Bathurst for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 (October 8-11) then crowning the Champion at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 (October 23-25).
Every session of every day will be live on Fox Sports, with Network TEN simulcasting live coverage of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup race action as three of the marquee events on the V8 Supercars calendar.
WILSON SECURITY SANDOWN 500 – PIRTEK ENDURO CUP RD 1 – SCHEDULE:
Friday, September 11
10:10-10:40 – Practice 1
12:30-13:00 – Practice 2 – Co-Drivers
14:35-15:05 – Practice 3 – Co-Drivers
Saturday, September 12
10:20-11:00 – Practice 4
12:20-12:40 – Qualifying
14:00-14:35 – Qualifying Race A (20 Laps)
16:10-16:45 – Qualifying Race B (20 Laps)
Sunday, September 13
10:20-10:40 – Warmup
13:25-16:55 – Sandown 500 – 161 Laps
VIDEO NEWS RELEASE: The chase for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup to begin in Melbourne