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Toll team sharp and keen

 

Australian V8 Supercar championship-leader, Toll HSV Dealer Team, says it's in razor sharp form for this weekend’s round at Oran Park, Sydney, following an intensive test at Winton last week.

Garth Tander and Rick Kelly shared Kelly’s #15 Holden Commodore in the workout at the team’s Victorian test track.

The Toll drivers will be looking to post the team’s fourth consecutive podium result and second-consecutive victory when they line up in the triple-header at the 2.7km figure-eight circuit southwest of Sydney.

Tander, who is leading the unadjusted drivers' championship by 38 points from Ford rival Craig Lowndes, is aiming to repeat his win in the BigPond 400 at Queensland Raceway.

His best result to date at Oran Park – one of Tander’s favourites – has been second in 2000.

Kelly is running third in the drivers’ title standings.

Kelly and Tander go into the round as the form pair of the competition, having dominated the top of the leaderboard since the start of the season.

This weekend marks the end of the reverse-grid format. After Oran Park, all three-race rounds will revert to the standard fastest-to-the-front format.

“I love (Oran Park), but I've never actually won anything there," says Tander. "I clinched my Formula Ford championship there, but I did that by staying out of trouble and finishing second and third.
“I really enjoy the layout because it’s one of the true classic racing circuits left in Australia. This weekend, we need to claw some more points back off Craig (Lowdes), because we need to lead in both unadjusted and adjusted points.

“That way, we can be a bit smarter with our endurance race strategy before dropping our worst round points after Bathurst."

Kelly says Oran Park is "challenging and full of character, with all the undulating sections and kerbs that can fire you off in different places.

“It's a really difficult track, because if you try that little bit too hard, you can easily be half a second off the pace just by rushing it.”



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