Phillip Island wrap up
Well, that didn’t quite got to plan! Phillip Island was a tough weekend but importantly we got through without any damage and banked some good points in the championship.
The guys were sensational all weekend. The balance of the car wasn’t quite right when we rolled out of the truck and the guys worked hard to keep improving it as we went. There’s no doubt we had a fast car but the competition has stepped up a level this year, so being outside the window even just a little bit in practice makes it tough. We’ll bounce back though, and now Wazza, Jason, David, Mark and Joe have had a weekend working together they’ll be a well-oiled machine when we get to Townsville.
At Phillip Island practice was red flagged, and with 38 cars it meant finding clear track to get a good read on the car was really difficult. The track also started wet, and had a dry line by the end of the session, so the guys who crossed the line last and had some clear track tended to be at the top of the timesheets.
There was another red flag in qualifying, and even when they extended the session so we could get a lap in, there was no clear track. Even on my fastest lap we found ourselves caught up, so the best we could manage was 17th. We were still chasing setup a little bit after qualifying, and we made a good step for race one.
I got a good start but going into the first corner I was close to two other cars. Because it’s such a fast corner, a quick glance to see where the other guy was alongside me meant I was off line. We picked it back up and only lost a couple of spots, and from there we started to push on. There was a safety car early on, and in the run to the flag we climbed up to 12th – our media guy Mat told me we passed nine cars in three laps. All I can say is it was busy!
In race 2 we were running with a big leading pack, so we had the pace of the guys at the front which was good. I made a mistake at the last corner through and ran wide. It’s probably the worst place on the track to do that because there’s a gravel trap there that slows you down when the rest of the field is flat out. We did our best and made up some good ground and got back to 21st in the end. It wasn’t the race we’d hoped for, but it’s so competitive you’ve got to be absolutely on it to keep up.
There was a big crash on the second lap of the last race. I got another good start and passed a few guys off the line, then managed to avoid the crash on lap 2 by going around the outside. The race finished under safety car, and I finished 9th in the end, which wasn’t too bad having started 21st.
After Phillip Island we’re sitting 11th in the championship, but Warren Luff and Jason Bargwanna don’t count towards that so effectively I’m 9th. A few of the others also had a tough weekend, and it was great to see my mate Dylan Thomas grab a podium for the weekend.
I hear we got plenty of TV coverage over the weekend, and the car looks awesome. Thank you for your support, we couldn’t do it without your help.