I’m really looking forward to getting back to the Surfers Paradise circuit, because street tracks are always my favourite.
I really enjoy attacking those big kerbs on the beach chicane and folding the mirrors on the walls while finding the circuit limits once again!
I’m also looking forward to having some power steering this time too! It was a pretty tough Bathurst 1000 without any power steering for the last 100 or so laps there. Since then I’ve been focusing on trying to recover, because that final stint put a lot of strain through my lower back, core and neck (and obviously my arms).
On the plus side, I haven’t needed to go to the gym for the past couple weeks!
The Gold Coast 600 is another physically tough event. We typically sweat out a couple of kilos each race, and after the first race on Saturday the ice baths are crucial for recovery to back up for another 300km race the next day.
It’s also extremely important that we have our cool suits working correctly etc because the hot and humid Queensland climate can mean cabin temperatures upwards of 60 degrees Celsius. We’ll also use pedal fans and other equipment to keep the cars (and drivers) as cool as possible.
It’s a bit hard to get an accurate weather forecast for the weekend, we could be in for a bit of rain, hail and shine. Last year we had that massive downpour on the Saturday, which wasn’t ideal for the drivers or the fans. Let’s hope we can get two days of good racing weather in this time around.
As an event, I love the atmosphere at the circuit and around the local area. But this track has traditionally been a difficult one for Brad Jones Racing in the past. We have tended to struggle on circuits like this that have lots of bumps and crowning in the road. I’m hoping that the different set up philosophy that we’ve been running for the last 6 or 7 months will help us get a good result here.
I’m aiming to finish the endurance season on a strong note for myself and my co-driver Macauley. I would say that aside from winning the championship or the Bathurst 1000 trophy, the next one on any drivers list is the Gold Coast surfboard trophy. They are one of the coolest and most coveted trophies going around!
Here’s hoping we can strap one to the roof of Car 8 after the weekend!
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