SMP Tests Night Racing Option

Supercars drivers Fabian Coulthard and Simona De Silvestro are eager to tackle a night race at Sydney Motorsport Park next year after a special test under lights this evening.

The #12 Shell V-Power Ford and #78 Harvey Norman Nissan completed just under 30 minutes of night running at the Western Sydney venue.

Supercars will now debrief with the drivers and analyse the television footage captured ahead of a potential night event next year.

Temporary light towers were placed at turn 2 for the test and will be moved to other areas of the track later this evening for further running with the category’s Vodafone Safety Car.

The Safety Car was also on track with the two Supercars, driven by Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport's Alex Davison.

“The areas where it was lit up were awesome," Coulthard told Supercars Media after the run.

“We could have a few less shadows, but I think for the purpose of the experiment it was definitely worthwhile.

“It’s a new spectacle and it’s a great circuit to do it. It’s good viewing for the fans and I think the cars look fantastic under lights. I think it (a night race) will be a great spectacle.”

De Silvestro has experience racing IndyCars on ovals under lights and says it’s relatively easy for drivers to adapt to night conditions.

“It’s hard (to judge) because we only had one corner but I think the lighting was quite good,”