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Here and Now with John Bowe

Well the V8 Supercar season is now in full swing with some fantastic racing already held at Clipsal, the Australian F1GP and most recently over the ditch at the Hamilton 400

There is a real buzz around the series and racing this year, and it is set to get even more exciting with the Winton round up next on the calendar from May 1-3.

Winton includes the introduction for the first time of Dunlop's SP Sport Maxx Sprint tyre, which from a fans perspective will be quite interesting as it is guaranteed to deliver more action both on the race track and the pits.

The dual compound racing tyres, the Sport Maxx Control and the Sport Maxx Sprint, are a great idea to spice up the racing as it throws everything up in the air. Teams will now have to come up with all new strategies for themselves, as well as try to predict all the different ways their competitors may use the new tyres.

Triple 8 Racing, in particular Jamie Whincup, have been the team to beat so far this season so it will be interesting to see how they handle the situation and if they can maintain their dominance under the new circumstances.

Talking to a few teams over the last couple of weeks, everyone is holding their cards quite close to their chests and aren't giving too much away on their strategies. At Winton though, track position is vital as passing can be quite difficult at times. This will mean that teams who qualify well will want to stay out in front of the pack. However the teams decided to go, it is guaranteed to be a good spectacle!

Apr 2009