MFL Sports Ambassador Nick Percat Tasmania Supersprint Preview
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s glad that Albert Park is becoming a distant memory (or nightmare) and that the focus now turns to picking some championship points in the Apple Isle!
It was such a shame that a mechanical failure in race 1 of the Coates Hire Supercars Challenge had such a massive impact, literally.
Data from the crash showed I was travelling at almost 200 km/h when I made contact with Lee Holdsworth’s car. The secondary impact into the wall was still big too and I'm so grateful that both Lee and I walked away from it all.
The BJR crew have put in a superhuman effort to get the car repaired. There was plenty of long hours involved to replace the rear of the chassis in time for it to be shipped to Tasmania.
On the weekend I raced at the Australian Karting Championships at Geelong. It was great fun to be back in a go kart, hang out with my friends and race at the top level but without the pressure or stress (for me anyway). I ended up P11 for the weekend, which I didn’t think was too bad considering I started from 24th in the final.
Of course, after the disaster of the Grand Prix it was also helpful to get some racing laps under my belt too! I really enjoy racing at the Symmons Plains circuit. It’s a sub-1-minute lap with four real corners and two big passing opportunities.
The racing always keeps us on our toes as it’s really hard to get any advantage over competitors. There’s typically plenty of action on the opening lap, especially down into the hairpin where the big braking zone leads in to a first gear, extremely tight turn.
If you don’t qualify strongly then you’re likely in for a big battle all race and the early stages of the race can often be into a war of attrition. It can be quite easy to damage a steering component or the like in this sort of close quarters racing.
I’ve had a lot of success at Symmons Plains in my junior years. I won the 2008 and 2009 rounds of the Australian Formula Ford championship there and had a decent debut in a Supercar there in 2014.
We’re on the super soft tyres again and I think we’ll see records fall. The super soft compound works well on the BJR cars, judging from Tim Slade’s pace at the AGP.
I’m still looking for my first top ten result in a Supercar at Symmons so that’s one of my aims, but honestly I’ll be satisfied if we can get through the weekend without misfortune and get some decent points on the board.
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