Supercars complete night test

Fabian Coulthard and Simona de Silvestro have wrapped up a special night test ahead of a proposed night race, at next years Sydney Motorsport Park, Supercars event.

The DJR Team Penske and Nissan Motorsport drivers were part of a lighting test that was held this evening, to help determine if next years event will be a night race.

Temporary floodlights were erected at the turn two complex for the 3-hour test, to help evaluate driver visibility and TV picture quality.

The two drivers were out on track for a total of 30-minutes gathering exponentially valuable data, like onboard footage, which will now be assessed by Supercars.

The rest of the test was performed by the Porsche Safety Car, driven by Carrera Cup ace, Alex Davison.

“It was fun, and it was different it and a completely new spectacle,” Coulthard told Speedcafe.com.

“It has got potential. I think the areas that we have lit up you see enough.

“It would be nicer if we could have a few less shadows. I think for the purposes of the experiment I think it was definitely worthwhile.

“It (the light from the headlights is not enough) and you can easily outdrive the headlights that we have.

“That is potentially an area that could have a bit of work so they face up the road a little bit further than on the ground.”

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The feedback was mirrored by de Silvestro who has plenty of experience driving under the lights in her successful IndyCar career.

“I think it was cool it is definitely hard because we only have one corner,” de Silvestro told Speedcafe.com.

“I thought the lighting was quite good and maybe we could have one more light in the middle of Turn 2. I think it could be fun to race like this.

“You see the dust way more when you are following a car so it as a different aspect, but you get used to it quite quickly.

“The brake markers were a bit hard to see because they are white so with the light they hard to see. I think a different colour would make that ok.

“The placement of the car is a little harder but as a driver you get used to the situation and adapt pretty quickly.”

Discussions are underway for a potential midweek race as well as a quick fire race format.

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Images: Speedcafe.com

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