Winton V8 supercar surface a sticking point | PICTURES

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WINTON Raceway management faced a crisis yesterday as peeling tarmac sealer stuck to the V8s’ tyres, slowing the supercars.

Red Bull Racing Australia driver Jamie Whincup ahead of Jason Bright and team mate Craig Lowndes.

Red Bull Racing Australia driver Jamie Whincup ahead of Jason Bright and team mate Craig Lowndes.

V8 Supercars Winton 400.

V8 Supercars Winton 400.

Team ADVAM/GB driver Dale Wood gets off track.

Team ADVAM/GB driver Dale Wood gets off track.

Shepparton's Paul Wright hangs over the fence, watching the wet track.

Shepparton's Paul Wright hangs over the fence, watching the wet track.

Team ADVAM/GB driver Dale Wood gets off track.

Team ADVAM/GB driver Dale Wood gets off track.

Team BOC driver Jason Bright ahead of Red Bull's Jamie Whincup.

Team BOC driver Jason Bright ahead of Red Bull's Jamie Whincup.

Griffith's Alan and Doug Cheers in their Holden and Ford jumpers are at Winton every year.

Griffith's Alan and Doug Cheers in their Holden and Ford jumpers are at Winton every year.

 Shepparton's Tyson and Lincoln Miller, 4, love the races but need earmuffs for the noise.

Shepparton's Tyson and Lincoln Miller, 4, love the races but need earmuffs for the noise.

A team member moves wheels for Jason Bright's car.

A team member moves wheels for Jason Bright's car.

Team members work on Jason Bright's car in the Brad Jones Racing garage.

Team members work on Jason Bright's car in the Brad Jones Racing garage.

Mildura's Ben Cartledge and Wodonga's Roger Wood look out onto the track.

Mildura's Ben Cartledge and Wodonga's Roger Wood look out onto the track.

V8 Supercars Winton 400.

V8 Supercars Winton 400.

 Holden fans John Steele and Terry Norris watch on in wet conditions.

Holden fans John Steele and Terry Norris watch on in wet conditions.

HRT driver James Courtney drives past a track offical.

HRT driver James Courtney drives past a track offical.

Red Bull Racing driver Craig Lowndes.

Red Bull Racing driver Craig Lowndes.

 Team BOC driver Jason Bright.

Team BOC driver Jason Bright.

 Supercar driver Craig Lowndes talks to fans.

Supercar driver Craig Lowndes talks to fans.

Wangaratta's Brodie Pearson, 9, is the Brad Jones Racing teams honorary team member for the round because he donated his pocket money to assist Jason Bright's car repair.

Wangaratta's Brodie Pearson, 9, is the Brad Jones Racing teams honorary team member for the round because he donated his pocket money to assist Jason Bright's car repair.

The faulty rubberised bitumen filling the track’s cracks and the wet conditions made for a treacherous surface, sending those running the show into a flurry.

Executive officer Adam Ronke said the problem could lead to an official rule change to allocate more tyres for each of the 25 cars.

“It’s getting a coat on the tyres and they don’t have as much grip,” he said.

“If, by the end of the day it’s all gone, it will be fine, because they can put new tyres on tomorrow.

“The only problem with that is that they only get allocated a certain number of tyres for the round, so they may have to allocate another set of tyres.”

Mr Ronke said, after a similar incident last year at not such a crucial time, the raceway had employed another company to apply the seal.

Road Maintenance did the work in the past two weeks. 

“But the same thing has happened,” he said. 

“The company that did this has got a lot to answer for.

“It’s just not what you need when everything else is going well.” 

Mr Ronke said a crew of engineers were travelling from Melbourne last night to try to fix it.

Albury’s Brad Jones said it had made it hard to rate his BOC team’s practice runs, but he hoped it would clear up later in the day so he could get a better idea. 

“It’s making the track inconsistent,” he said. 

“They’ve got a bit of work to do, the cars will pick it up and move it to the side of the road.”

Brad Jones Racing has two V8s racing in Team BOC and another in the development series 

Mr Jones said he wasn’t concerned with the car driving in the wet conditions.

“We’ve done some wet testing and we’re pretty speedy,” he said.

Mr Jones said it was great to have been able to get some practices in before the rain set in, as differences in weather also made it hard to gauge the car’s performances. 

“Team BOC, we’re very strong, we’re fast, but Brighty hasn’t has much luck this year ... but we’re hoping Winton will be the turn around,” he said. 

“All going well, we should be able to fight for a win this weekend.” 

Ticket sales for the weekend are down.