It’s hard to believe it’s been over three months since the Supercars were last on track. Firstly, I am crazy excited to get back behind the wheel of the #8 Brad Jones Racing Commodore this weekend. Like many of us drivers, this has been longest time that we have ever been away from the sport.
It’s definitely the longest time that I’ve not driven a Supercar, or even packed a suitcase! I can’t wait to drive down pit lane on Saturday morning, turn that pit limiter off and get that adrenaline rush of being in the car again.
While it’s great that we can finally get back to real racing, the Sydney SuperSprint will be a strange event with no spectators and reduced crew on site. I don’t even think (team owner) Brad Jones will be there, due to the restrictions on the number of people allowed per team.
Regarding the format, it will be pretty intense with such short breaks between on track sessions, and that will keep everyone on their toes. If we have an incident during a race, even something minor that requires a small number of repairs, it could still jeopardise getting back on the grid for the following race.
Tyre degradation is huge at SMSP, so the focus will be on how we manage our tyre allocation over the three races. There’s no fuel stops in any of the races, so there’s a chance we could end up running two tyres across the whole race, and only changing 2 tyres during a pit stop.
It is certainly going to be interesting to see how the teams and drivers adapt to all these new rules and restrictions. It will also be good to see which drivers come back and remember to do it well!
I’ve been doing as much training and go karting as possible. I worked out that in the last 4 weeks I’ve done about 1250 laps of the Todd Road Go Kart track in Victoria … so hopefully that counts for something!
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