Well… I certainly feel like I’ve redeemed myself after the last round in Winton. I am absolutely stoked with our weekend in Darwin!
While I didn’t quite win the ‘Triple Crown’, I gave it a fair crack….
Friday proved a good starting point, claiming fourth and seventh in each session. The car felt great heading into Saturday’s practice and I managed to cross the line in P3.
Come qualifying Saturday, I couldn’t fault the car. The track was amazing and everything just fell in to place and I was able to grab pole position, my first ever with Erebus Motorsport. It was amazing. To make it even more special my teammate, Anton De Pasquale claimed third place; so it was just a magical moment for everybody!
Race 15 on Saturday afternoon didn’t quite go to plan. Although I scored a podium and finished up in third place, I obviously would have loved to have won the race – but we were just missing a little bit here and there. In hindsight, we probably could have gone a lot longer and jumped that pack we came out in, and then had fresh tyres to try and pass Scott (McLaughlin). Otherwise, it was a great day and it was interesting to see that although we ran a very different style of car compared to Anton, both cars were fast which was great!
I then qualified tenth on Sunday – which wasn’t too great, however managed to pick up some spots in the Top Ten Shootout and started Race 16 in fourth. I got an amazing start, I just hung my balls out at Turn 1 and went a bit deeper than everyone and it paid off – scoring the lead early in the race, which essentially set up the remaining 69-laps. Our strategy and pitstops were amazing, after I pitted I managed to hold the lead by six seconds to McLaughlin – however, a late Safety Car closed the gap with 16 laps to go. I knew when the lights went green, that I had to put my foot down and I managed to pull away from McLaughlin with a 1.7-second gap and take the win!
Darwin was an incredible weekend; a dual podium and Erebus’ best ever team result.
A huge thanks to the team and sponsors for making this all possible!
I’m currently sitting third in the Championship points, -327 behind first place.
Next stop, Watpac Townsville 400, July 6-8.
Hope to see you there!