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Phillip Island gets new racing surface ahead of 2013 season.

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December 15, 2012 4:10 PM

Didn't even smell like normal asphalt. It had this horrible chemical smell that I can only compare to burning plastic. They cut away about 40cm of the surface before they started. Apparently the mixture they used was developed specifically for Philip Island and it is the first time it has been used anywhere. They actually made the asphalt on site rather than truck it in as the mixture worked better that way. A lot finer and blacker than the old surface from what I could see peeping over the fence. I would guess at least a second a lap improvement just by getting rid of the bumps caused by the cars. Hopefully this new mixture will stop the cars causing ripples.

chris - Unregistered

December 15, 2012 5:09 PM

Interesting regarding the tarmac compound. just wonder if the tyre companies have some input into this the brew. Is the tyre going to stick to the tarmac or is the tarmac going to stick to the tyre?

M1M - Unregistered

December 15, 2012 10:51 PM

Interesting information about the asphalt. It would be great if they could find a means of reducing, or better still eliminating, the berms and ripples caused by car and truck racing. Although Phillip Island doesn't endure the damage caused by the worst culprits, F1, if it proves more durable, then the formula could be adopted for new tracks and gradually introduced when older ones are resurfaced. If it costs too much though, circuits are likely to stick with older less resistant asphalts to keep their profit margins high. F1 and truck racing should pay an enormous 'road tax' for the cost of repairing the damage they do.

UpYours - Unregistered

December 16, 2012 11:35 AM

Just which cretin dubbed Phillip Island as the fastest track, have the forgotten Monza and Silverstone which are miles fatser per lap than that frozen outpost at the bottom of the World


December 16, 2012 3:56 PM

re: "a harder stone produces better grip providing is has been crushed correctly."

re: "alot finer and blacker than the old surface from what I could see".

one word... taconite. any iron ore mines nearby or on the OZ mainland...?

Q: Is the tyre going to stick to the tarmac or is the tarmac going to stick to the tyre?

A: yes...!

casey's mate - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 12:58 AM

one word LC TANNER,what mixture they use came from his keyboard as it is stain from the crap he breathes and then blows over his board.Casey recommend his input, as his insight is tainted with juice from vale,that stuff willstick to anything.

CRT - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 1:52 PM

@ CRT... I wouldn't take anything honda say to seriously, they only tell people what they want to here and most of the time its corporate bullsh1t. Only a mug would believe it.

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You're an idiot on every level.

That is all.

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