ITM Auckland SuperSprint
This weekend we make our annual trip to visit our Kiwi friends at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint, for the first of just two crucial single-driver events to wrap up this year’s championship.
This will be my fourth Supercar event at Pukekohe and I always look forward to getting to NZ, because the passion from the local fans and the atmosphere is just incredible. There’s a real amphitheatre effect in the last sector, with fans packing the hill and the grandstand to watch us slide around the last corner at 200 km/h!
Competing at this event with Brad Jones Racing means a huge amount to me, especially as I’m driving Car 8 there- the late Jason Richards’ former number.
He was a huge part of the team, and had the respect and admiration of everyone in pit lane.
We still run the JR stickers on the doors of our cars. I know we all want to represent Jason as best we can this weekend, and keep his memory alive. It would be unbelievable if either of the Tims or myself could bring back to JR Memorial trophy to Albury again. That would be as big as any Bathurst win for this team.
The format for the ITM Auckland Supersprint has changed this year, from the four shorter races in 2016 to two 70-lap races- the longest Supercars races we’ve had at Pukekohe.
I’m confident the longer races will work to our favour. We’ve found the BJR cars work well on the tyres over a longer stint, and our strength is our race pace.
It looks like we could be in for more wet weather this weekend, but if the Gold Coast is anything to go by, I won’t mind if it rains! Our cars were fast in the wet … Sladey showed great pace and I was going alright too until that contact with Fabs.
Car 8 also has a new livery this event, with Harley Davidson coming on board. It’s awesome to have such an iconic brand supporting the team, and I’m really loving the flames!
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