MFL Sports Ambassador Nick Percat Phillip Island Preview
I hope everyone had a safe and happy Easter! Sadly, there wasn’t much of a break for the Brad Jones Racing crew, who worked straight through the long weekend to prepare all the team’s cars for the WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint.
There was only superficial panel damage on the #8 BJR Commodore, most of the hard work was done in Tasmania on Saturday night after that big crash. But at Phillip Island they are fielding seven Supercars across three categories (3 in Supercars, 3 in Super2 and 1 in Kumho Series) there has been plenty of preparation going on!
This weekend’s event features two 250-kilometre races, the longest racing format we’ve had at Phillip Island for many years.
Personally, I prefer this longer style of racing. It gives me time to settle into a rhythm and for the team to use strategy to our advantage. The challenge in long races like these will be trying to achieve fast lap times while simultaneously looking after the tyres.
I think the longer race formats tend to suit the BJR cars, especially on the soft tyre, which we haven’t run on since the Clipsal 500. At that event we qualified inside the top ten, so I’m looking forward to seeing how we go on the soft tyre again.
It will also be interesting to see which team have developed their cars on the soft tyre.
Phillip Island features medium to high speed corners and requires a lot of commitment. The best passing opportunities are at turns 1,4, 5 and the bottom of Lukey Heights. These corners are also easy to defend and with the effect of aero understeer when following cars closely, it’s what makes the racing there so good.
The layout of the circuit means the demands on the body are easier than the street track in Adelaide, but the duration of the load around the corners is longer. I’m sure more than a few of us will be feeling it on Sunday night after a total of 500 kilometres of racing!
I have mostly good racing memories of Phillip Island and it’s always a track I enjoy going back to. I’m proud to say I have 100% finishing record in the 7 Supercar races I’ve competed in there, and I hope I can continue that statistic this weekend!
After the last couple of tough events for the team, it would mean everything to put the car back into the transporter in one, straight, piece!
Remember, you can follow me on social media across the weekend for updates.
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