Well as expected, Tassie proved to be a challenging weekend.
Friday’s practice sessions were encouraging. I found myself in P10 during one session and the Penrite Hungry Jacks Racing Commodore felt good. We tried a few set ups that seemed to translate well during practice.
On Saturday we qualified for the first race, however the car just didn’t have the pace. We found ourselves in the back half of the field having qualified in P19.
Race 4 started cleanly and after a few laps I found the car settling in well. By the end I was able to pick up 3 spots and managed to finish the race in P16.
Sunday’s qualifying session really didn’t work our way. I tested the limits, but the track had changed a fair bit and the set up just didn’t gel…and we ended up in P22.
The race itself proved to be very interesting! Chris Pither hit a wall which attracted a safety car. That shuffled things a little and gave us a chance to play with strategy. Unfortunately our pit stop did not got to plan and soon after I got a flat tyre and we went a lap down. Oil on the track caused chaos…but it didn’t help us and we ended up in P18.
We left Tasmania sitting 14th in the Championship. Despite the set back there are lots of positives. The team is starting to develop good processes and I see the crew working together really well. There’s a good spirit in the team and we must keep reminding ourselves that this is a new team with new cars.
Next we head to Phillip Island…and I’ve had some good results there. I love that track and will be good to be home in Victoria for the next round. I’m confident we can get a good result.