I’m looking forward to heading back to the west for this weekend’s Perth SuperSprint, and I’m particularly excited to get back in the car considering my recent announcement.
In case you missed it, I’ve signed on to stay at Brad Jones Racing for a further two years, which means I will be with the team until the end of 2020. That will make it the longest period that I’ll have spent with one team in the main series!
Together, BJR and I have scored multiple podiums and gave frequently fought at the front of the grid. I’m very comfortable and happy with the direction the team is heading in, and with Brad’s future plans.
I head to Perth confident that we can continue with the car pace we’ve had this year. I’m hoping for a trouble-free weekend, after the front splitter issues we had at Phillip Island. The team has worked hard to get an all-new mounting system onto the car. They’ve also added new front bars, and together we’ve studied the data to understand why the splitter issue affected my car and not the other two.
Last year in Perth wasn’t the greatest round for BJR in terms of results, although I did set the fastest lap during Saturday’s race. I feel that at least we’ve got a direction on which way to go with set up. That’s going to be really important because if the car balance isn’t right you can find yourself in a world of pain by lap five!
Barbagallo Raceway has the highest rate of tyre degradation of any circuit we go to, so it will be crucial to get dialled in during practice to get a set up that looks after the tyre.
We are running the new three-part qualifying format in Perth also, so Friday practice becomes more important. The top ten fastest combined times after the final practice session will go straight into Saturday’s Q2, meaning you don’t have to make it through the first part of qualifying.
The key to the Perth SuperSprint will be to have a race car that is hooked up in qualifying, but can then look after its rear tyres during the race. Maximising tyre life is something that BJR are traditionally quite strong at doing, so I’m hoping we can make it all work for a strong result!
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