“We head into back to back race weekends here in Townsville, and I can’t wait to have another crack around the Reid Park circuit. The format reverts back to a SuperSprint event, which involves three shorter 39-lap races with pit stops, but no compulsory refuelling.
Last weekend our goal was to be consistently in that top five bracket, and without the power steering issue in Sunday’s race we would have ticked the box in every qualifying and race session.
Driving the bulk of that Sunday race with the ‘big bus’ steering wheel was hard work; in fact, it was probably one of the toughest races physically that I’ve ever done. Thankfully, my trainer hasn’t gone too hard on me this week and has let me recover and enjoy some downtime being a tourist!
Overall, it was a very encouraging weekend, and my goal remains to be inside the top five in every qualifying session and race. We have a fast car, but we just need to make it that little bit more reliable. We’ll head into this one with similar philosophy and ideas and hopefully the car reacts the same way as it did last weekend.
The hotter weather conditions expected, along with the shorter races will mean that the tyre degradation will be marginally higher. Naturally, tyre degradation creates good racing and I can’t wait to drive the car harder and worry less about preserving tyre life!
I think we were robbed of a trophy last week. It would have been so satisfying for the team to have come away from that event with some silverware, so I’ll be disappointed if I don’t leave Townsville with at least one trophy!"
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